Postgraduate Diploma in Business

About the Programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Programme offers advanced academic training to equip bachelor’s degree holders with advanced English language academic and analytical skills, and a solid foundation of business knowledge required to study a master’s degree programme in a business-related discipline.
This programme is operated by Lingnan Institute of Further Education in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University.

Please download the Programme Brochure for further details.

Key Features

  • 1-year full-time programme awarded by Lingnan University.
  • Focus on the advancement in English language academic and analytical skills, and core business knowledge required for a smooth progression to business-related taught master’s degree studies.
  • To be offered in Lingnan University, with a great campus environment and well-equipped learning facilities and resources.
  • Students can articulate to business-related taught master’s degree programmes upon successful completion of the programme and attainment of English proficiency requirement.
  • Students can choose to take elective courses enlisted from collaborating business-related master’s degree programmes of Lingnan University.
  • This programme is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF: level 6, QR registration number: 17/000486/L6).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Programme, students should be able to:
  • Apply advanced English language academic skills, and a solid conceptual and analytical background in business to handle related academic studies at the Master’s level,
  • Employ quantitative and research concepts and techniques to analyse a wide range of complex business issues, interpret findings, and prepare reports,
  • Apply analytical and problem-solving skills to make business decisions and recommend solutions for complex business issues,
  • Integrate a solid foundation of business theories with professional knowledge to critically evaluate real-world business environments and formulate corporate strategies; and
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in communicating complex academic and business views and analyses effectively.

Awarding Body

Lingnan University

Articulation Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Programme, students have the opportunities to articulate to the below business-related taught Master's Degree Programmes offered by Lingnan University:
  • Master of Accountancy*
  • Master of Science in eBusiness & Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science in Finance**
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Master of Science in International Banking and Finance***
  • Master of Science in Marketing and International Business

* Students are required to take and pass a pre-entry programme prior to formal admission to the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Programme, with courses to be determined by the MAcc Programme. Students are also encouraged to take the elective course “Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis” in this Programme in order to qualify for exemption of an accounting course in the MAcc Pre-entry Programme.

** Students are required to have taken Financial Management in their undergraduate studies; and to take the elective course "Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis” in this Programme and attain grade B- or above.

*** Students are required to have taken Macroeconomics and Financial Management in their undergraduate studies, and attained acceptable grades as determined by the Master of Science in International Banking and Finance Programme.
Students can also apply for admission to other business-related taught Master's Degree Programmes offered by other local/overseas universities.

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete 8 courses in 2 terms, consisting of 4 required courses in term 1, and 2 required and 2 elective courses in term 2.
Courses Number of Credits
Term 1 Term 2 Total
Required Courses
English for Academic Purposes 3 - 18
Advanced Business Communication 3 -
Quantitative Techniques in Business 3 -
Economics for Business 3 -
Applied Research Skills - 3
Business Management in Practice - 3
Elective Courses (any TWO courses from the below list)
Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis /
Other elective course*
- 3 6
Strategic Management /
Other elective course*
- 3
Total 12 12 24
* Courses enlisted from other business-related master’s degree programmes of Lingnan University

Entry Requirements

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized tertiary institution in a business or related discipline, or equivalent*; and
  2. Meet the English language proficiency requirement by attaining a minimum score of 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent.
*Degree holders in a non-business discipline will also be considered on a case-by-case basis, 
and may be required to take a pre-entry course and obtain a pass in the course.

Commencement Date

End of September 2020


Lau Chung Him Building, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun

Medium of Instruction


Study Period

1 Year (2 terms)

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for newly admitted students in the academic year 2020-21 is as follows:


Graduation Requirements

  1. Attain a minimum of an average of GPA 2.33 for English for Academic Purposes and  Advanced Business Communication, and pass the other 6 courses of the programme; and
  2. Obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or above.


Online Applicatioin

Applicants may submit their online application via online application system.  

Application in Person or by Mail

Applicants may also download the Application Form 2020-21 and submit and application with the following items in person or by post to UG01, New Academic Block, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong:

​1. The duly completed application form;
2. The verified copy of relevant academic certificates;
3. The verified copy of international English test result (e.g. IELTS / TOEFL);
4. The original bank receipt of application fee;
5. Credentials (if any)

Notes: Applicants or their family members and agents must not offer advantages to any staff or members of the Institute in relation to their admission applications or while having dealings of any kind with the Institute.  These offers may constitute an offence under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201) in Hong Kong.  The Institute also prohibits its staff and members from soliciting or accepting such advantages.

Continued Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course/ The mother course (Title of Qualification) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6]).

For details, please refer to "Continued Education Fund (CEF)" in our website.

Student Sharing

Ms. QIAN Qiyu
Graduate of Postgraduate Diploma in Business 2019


After the completion of Postgraduate Diploma in Business at LIFE, I pursue my study for MSc Global Human Resource Management at Newcastle University. LIFE not only encourages academic pursuit, but also provides students with numerous opportunities to explore themselves. I have gained a lot in terms of knowledge and friendship. Apart from acquiring academic skills, I have developed a positive learning attitude. Since all courses were delivered in English, I was a bit nervous and uncomfortable at the beginning. However, teachers and classmates always encouraged me and helped me with patience that let me adapt to the programme quickly. This programme lays a very good and a strong foundation for me to articulate to other business courses successfully.

Mr. SUN Zhao Feng, Snow
Graduate of Postgraduate Diploma in Business 2018


LIFE gave me a chance to continue studying.  This programme covered English language and core business knowledge which benefited me a lot.  The lecturers were dedicated, serious and responsible.  They helped me to learn with direction and be more focused.  Thanks to LIFE and the lecturers for scaffolding and guiding me."
Ms. FENG Linlin
Graduate of Postgraduate Diploma in Business 2019


Studying at LIFE is very significant to me. The strong learning atmosphere, professional teaching team, advanced learning facilities and humanized teaching methods made my study life in Hong Kong very fulfilling and interesting. During this year, I not only gain useful knowledge and learning skills, but also make friends with my classmates as well as our nice teachers.
Mr. NIAN Ziyu, Nathan 
Graduate of Postgraduate Diploma in Business 2018
Managing Director of “Dream in London Bridal Salon”

I had excellent and wonderful learning experience in Lingnan University.  All the professors and tutors gave me fabulous chance to learn new things and understand me about my future plan after I graduate.  Their advice to me is very important. Moreover, I learnt a lot about how to deal with different tasks especially when I was having projects with other group mates. Cooperation is crucial to group work. Furthermore, I gained a lot of new knowledge in the classes.  I am now excited to face the world and start my new business in bridal salon .
Ms. Diane ZHENG
Graduate of Postgraduate Diploma in Business 2018
Corporate Marketing at an IT company in Hong Kong

"When thinking about my education experience in my life that has contributed to where I am in my career, my time at Lingnan University stands out. My fabulous journey started here. The PGD courses opened the door to business for my future study and career transition. The English courses helped me conquer the tool in global communication, and the business courses provided "me international insight and solid basic knowledge in business world. I will forever remember the teachers who always encouraged us to think critically and be confident, and the classmates who made the university and Hong Kong a warm home for me. All in all, this is a great experience in my life."


Lingnan Institute of Further Education 
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