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Overview of Hong Kong diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Hong Kong diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) in 5 subjects with grades 2-5**, including English and Chinese

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with a mark of 3-5** for the subjects English and Chinese and grades 2-5** for the subjects mathematics, Liberal Studies and 2 electives (6 different subjects in total)

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 6 subjects with grades 3-5* of A-E

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 6 subjects with grades 3-5* of A-C + Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Examinations (HKASLE) with grades A-E

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 6 subjects with grades 3-5* of A-C + Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) with grades A-E

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Diploma of Vocational Education/Diploma of Foundation Studies

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 (NLQF 3/EQF 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and Higher Degree programmes.

Diploma Yi Jin/Yi Jin Diploma

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for the general education part (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market, and Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes (or similar programmes).

Associate Degree/Higher Diploma

  • Comparable to: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and bachelor's programmes in the same field of study (possibly with additional admission requirements).

Bachelor (4 years), obtained after 2012

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and master’s programmes.

Bachelor (3 years), obtained before 2012

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and master’s programmes.

Master

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the PhD programme.

Master of Philosophy

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of the diploma: gives access to the PhD programme (possibly with exemptions).