Discovery-Enriched Curriculum (DEC)

Depending on their entry qualifications, applicants may be admitted to a college/school, or with advanced standing to a major direct.

Making an original discovery occupies a central place in our dynamic new undergraduate curriculum called the Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC).

The goal of the DEC is for all CityU students to have the chance to make an original contribution to their field of study as an integral part of their professional education. It is a groundbreaking approach to the integration of teaching and learning, one that emphasises the discovery of new knowledge.

The DEC:

  • ignites a passion for knowledge and discovery
  • prepares student to practise professionally at and beyond the level of international standards
  • promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation that spurs local and global advancements in professional practice

In short, “discovery” is now fully integrated into the DNA of CityUs curriculum through our dual emphasis on education and research, integrated with our focus on innovation.

The curriculum structure is as follows:

  Credit Requirements
First-year Entrants Advanced Standing I Entrants Advanced Standing II Entrants
Gateway Education 30 credit units 21 credit units 12 credit units
College/School Requirement 
(see Notes)
0 - 27 credit units 0 - 27 credit units 0 - 27 credit units
Major ≥45 credit units ≥45 credit units ≥45 credit units
Minor (optional) 15 - 18 credit units 15 - 18 credit units 15 - 18 credit units
Free Electives Remainder to fulfill the credit requirements for graduation, if necessary Remainder to fulfill the credit requirements for graduation, if necessary Remainder to fulfill the credit requirements for graduation, if necessary
Minimum Credit Units for Graduation 120 credit units, depending on major 90 credit units, depending on major 60 credit units, depending on major
Maximum Credit Units for Graduation 144 credit units 114 credit units 84 credit units


  1. Students are also required to fulfill the English language and Chinese language requirements, and may be required to take additional language courses depending on the entry qualifications in English/Chinese
  2. Students admitted with Advanced Standing I or II will not be entitled to additional credit transfer on the basis of their qualifications attained prior to admission to the University. Instead, students may apply for course exemption based on prior study. Credit units are not earned for an exempted course.
  3. Senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission is available to local students only.
  4. Individual academic units may seek exemption from the above credit requirement, with Senate approval.

For a bachelor's degree with a normal study duration longer than 4 years, the minimum credit units for graduation and the maximum credit units for the degree shall be approved by the Senate based on individual programme needs.

Please click Degree Requirements to read more about the requirement of each of the components, or you can directly browse through the webpages for the majors/minors/courses that you are interested in.

For the curriculum structure of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme, please click here.