Graduation Requirements

BSc(ActuarSc) Graduation Requirements and Honours Classification

(a) Award of a BSc(ActuarSc) degree (for students admitted under the 4-year ‘2012 curriculum’ in 2012-13 or thereafter)
(b) (i) Honours Classification (for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 cohort)

(b) (ii) Honours Classification (for 2017 cohort or thereafter)

 

(a) Award of a BSc(ActuarSc) degree (for students admitted under the 4-year ‘2012 curriculum’ in 2012-13 or thereafter)

To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science Degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

i. Satisfied the requirements in UG5 of the Regulations for First Degree Curricula#;

ii. Passed not fewer than 240 credits, comprising 138 credits of the required courses as prescribed in the BSc(ActuarSc) degree curriculum.

# UG5 specifies that students have to successfully complete:

(a) 12 credits in English language enhancement, including 6 credits in Core University English1 [i.e. CAES1000 (taken in Year 1)] and 6 credits in an English in the Discipline course2 [i.e.CAES9820 Academic English for Science Students (taken in Year 2)]

(b) 6 credits in Chinese language enhancement3 [i.e. CSCI9001 Practical Chinese for Science Students (taken in Year 3)];

(c) 36 credits of courses in the Common Core Curriculum, comprising at least one and not more than two courses from each Area of Inquiry4 with not more than 24 credits of courses being selected within one academic year except where candidates are required to make up for failed credits; and

(d) a capstone experience as specified in the syllabuses of the degree curriculum. 

1 Candidates who have been admitted to Year 1 in 2015-16 and have achieved the following qualifications shall be exempted from this requirement and should take a 6-credit elective course in lieu, see Regulation UG6:

˗ 5** on the HKDSE English Language Paper
˗ tested by CAES to be of a native English speaker standard
˗ holder of Bachelor’s degree from an English-medium university
˗ achieved an overall IELTS score of no less than a 7.5 and no less than a 7 on the Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Tests
˗ achieved an overall TOEFL Internet Based Test score of no less than 102 and no less than a 27 on the writing and speaking sections and no less than a 24 on the listening and reading sections
˗ achieved a level of no less than 5 in the HL English Language A: Literature or English Language A: Language and Literature Paper or no less than 6 in the SL English Language A: Literature or English Language A: Language and Literature paper in the International Baccalaureate Diploma
˗ achieved an OLD Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) essay score of no less than 10 and no less than 700 on the Critical Reading and Writing Tests (before 2016) / achieved a NEW Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of no less than 37 on the Writing & Language Test and Reading Test (from 2016)
˗ achieved a score of no less than 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Test or the Literature and Composition Test
˗ achieved an A* in the English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature GCE English A Level paper (including specification A or B, if given)

Exempted students will not be able to enroll CAES1000 via Self Service enrollment.

2 (a) To satisfy the English in the Discipline (ED) requirement, candidates who have passed the ED course for a Major but subsequently change that Major are required to pass the ED course for the new Major, or either of the double Majors finally declared upon graduation irrespective of whether the second Major is offered within or outside of the candidates’ home Faculty.

(b) Candidates declaring double Majors can, if they fail in the ED course for one of the Majors, either (i) re-take and successfully complete that failed ED course, or (ii) successfully complete the ED course for the other Major, irrespective of whether the Major is offered within or outside of the candidates’ home Faculty.

(c)  Candidates who undertake studies in double Majors or double degrees are not required to take a second ED course but may be advised by the Faculty to do so.

3 Candidates who have not studied Chinese language during their secondary education may be exempted from this requirement and should take a 6-credit elective course in lieu, see Regulation UG6.
To satisfy the Chinese language enhancement requirement, students should take the 6-credit course CSCI9001 (Practical Chinese for science students), except for

(a) Putonghua-speaking students who should take CUND9002 (Practical Chinese and Hong Kong Society) or CUND9003 (Cantonese for Non-Cantonese Speaking Students). They may take the course in Year 1 or 2 if they so wish; and

(b) students who have not studied Chinese language during their secondary education or who have not attained the requisite level of competence in the Chinese language to take the Chinese language enhancement course should write to the Board of the Faculty to apply to be exempted from the Chinese language requirement, and

(i) ake a 6-credit Cantonese or Putonghua language course offered by the School of Chinese especially for international and exchange students; OR
(ii) take an elective course in lieu. 

4 Candidates registered for double degree studies are required to successfully complete 24 credits of courses in the Common Core Curriculum, selecting one course from each Area of Inquiry, with the curriculum of the first degree, as appropriate.

(b) (i) Honours Classification (for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 cohort)

Classification of honours are calculated using the cumulative grade point average CGPA as below: 

  CGPA Range
First Class Honours 3.60- 4.30
Second Class Honours Division I 3.00-3.59
Second Class Honours Division II 2.40-2.99
Third Class Honours 1.70-2.39
Pass 1.00-1.69

(b) (ii) Honours Classification (for 2017 cohort or thereafter)

Classification of honours are calculated using the graduation grade point average GGPA* as below: 

  GGPA Range
First Class Honours 3.60- 4.30
Second Class Honours Division I 3.00-3.59
Second Class Honours Division II 2.40-2.99
Third Class Honours 1.70-2.39
Pass 1.00-1.69

Credits granted for advanced standing in recognition of studies completed successfully elsewhere before admission to the curriculum and credits transfer in recognition of studies completed on exchange during candidature at HKU are not included in the calculation of GPA.

Honours classification may not be determined solely on the basis of a candidate’s Cumulative GPA and the Board of Examiners for the degree may, at its absolute discretion and with justification, award a higher class of honours to a candidate is deemed to have demonstrated meritorious academic achievement but whose Cumulative GPA falls below the range stipulated in UG9(a) of the higher classification by not more than  0.1 Grade Point.

The Faculty adopts the following criteria for upgrades of honours: (1) improved performance in the final year study; and (2) results of Science courses and advanced Science courses. Each case for upgrade is to be considered individually by the Board of Examiners.

* For students in the 2017-18 intake and thereafter who have successfully completed six Common Core courses, the calculation of Graduation GPA is subject to the proviso that either five Common Core courses with the highest grades (covering all four Areas of Inquiry), or all six courses will be counted towards Graduation GPA, depending on which generates the higher Graduation GPA.