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Professional Diploma in Business

Diploma Programme

Professional Diploma in Business

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Professional Diploma in Business

The Professional Diploma in Business at Business at Kaplan Business & Accountancy School (KBAS) provides you with fundamental knowledge across a wide range of business disciplines. It is delivered in an efficient and flexible timescale and is a beneficial stand-alone diploma or can act as a gateway to further academic endeavour. 

Our Professional Diploma in Business blends theory with practical training. Students will apply appropriate academic theories and concepts to a range of business issues. During the course, you have the opportunity to add value to both your employer and yourself on a daily basis.  In addition to explaining the broad economic, social, regulatory and ethical environments in which businesses operate within our global economy, the programme is designed to provide students with the widest range of career opportunities upon completion of the programme.

PDB graduates can also articulate to the Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) Year 2 programme of University College Dublin (UCD) upon completion. UCD has a very strong international standing and its business school is triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The university is also currently ranked within the TOP 1% of institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education rankings. 

Why study Professional Diploma in Business at KBAS?

  • Articulate to University College Dublin Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) Year 2 programme upon completion 
  • Can apply for 50% maximum of credit exemption/transfer
  • Class schedule designed for part-time students
  • Face to face tuition conducted by experienced lecturers

Programme Details

This programme is suitable for those students who want to work and also engage for further studying at a non-local bachelor degree programme with us after finishing this programme. 

This programme consists of 8 modules. 

Programme structure
Term 1 Introduction to Management Accounting for Managers
Term 2 Quantitative Analysis Economics I
Term 3 Issues in International Business Personnel Management
Term 4 Project Management Marketing Principles

Can be completed in 12 months

Medium of Instruction

Teaching Mode

  • Face-to-face tuition in Hong Kong conducted by experienced lecturers and class schedule designed for part-time students
  • There are 4 terms a year and students should study for 2 modules per term
  • There are 42 lecture hours per module

Assessment Method
The assessment tasks involve a combination of assignments, examination and other exercises set in accordance with each module’s learning outcomes


Programme start date
June / December

Entry Requirement
Must fulfil any of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) / Senior Secondary 3, or
  • Successful completion of Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) / Form 5 with at least two years of work experience, or
  • Graduate of new Project Yi Jin, or
  • Completion a Pre-Associate Degree programme, or
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the School

Tuition Fee
HK$37,500 (12 instalments)  

Articulation pathway

Local Study

  • Articulation offered by Kaplan, Top-up degree programmes studied in Hong Kong*
  • Kaplan Higher Education jointly offers top-up degree programmes with internationally-renowned universities in Europe. Our KBAS PDB graduates are accepted with credit exemption or credit transfer to join the overseas full-time top-up degree programmes provided by Kaplan Higher Education
  • Articulate to University College Dublin, BBS (Hons) Year 2 programme in Hong Kong upon completion (can be completed in 1.5 years), where 90% of students joined the workforce in 3 months after graduation

Overseas Study

  • Direct entry to Year 2 or 3 with credit exemptions for KBAS PDB graduates
  • Articulation arrangements with overseas institutions have been established for KBAS PDB graduates to articulate to bachelor's degree programmes in business-related disciplines
  • Articulate to Kaplan Business School, Australia to enter the Bachelor’s degree in Australia (can be completed in 2 years), where graduates can apply for 2 years working visa in Australia^

^ Kaplan Business School & Kaplan Business and Accountancy School do not guarantee that students will obtain working visa approval by the immigration, Australia.
* It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualifications to which the courses may lead. Terms and conditions may apply.


After completion of the programme, student can articulate to University College Dublin, BBS (Hons) Year 2 programme in Hong Kong.

University College Dublin (UCD), originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and subsequently as the Royal University, the University became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI). UCD has produced numerous Irish Presidents and Taoisigh (Prime Ministers) in addition to generations of Irish business, professional, cultural and sporting leaders. 

Today UCD is Ireland’s largest university with almost 30,000 students. Its international standing has increased rapidly in recent years and the University is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education rankings.

University Excellence

  • Ranked Top 1% of the Universities in the World (QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017)
  • Ranked 29th in European Business School (European Business School Rankings 2016 by Financial Times)
  • A Triple-Accredited Business School (Triple Crown Accreditation), only 1% of the world's business schools awarded AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS accreditations

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