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Programmes Leading to PolyU-SPEED Awards

Diploma in Active Ageing

Programme Code


Awarding Institution

School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Programme Starting Date

02 Sep 2019

Aims and Objectives

The Diploma in Active Ageing programme aims to equip students with the required transferable skills and knowledge for enhancement of the daily living activities of active elderly people.

Normal Duration

2 years (part-time mode)

Medium of Instruction

Chinese (Cantonese when spoken) supplemented with English

Programme Leader

Dr Ben FONG (MBBS, MPH, DOM, DFM, FRACMA, FHKCCM, FHKAM (Community Medicine), Specialist in Community Medicine

Credits Required for Graduation

30 credits

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 10 compulsory subjects of 3 credits each

Students who have completed 30 credits of study with satisfactory results will be awarded the Diploma in Active Ageing.

Students who have completed 9 credits of study with satisfactory results may apply to exit the programme of study with the exit award of Certificate in Active Ageing

For details of programme structure, please click here.

Study schedule

Students’ normal study load is 6 credits in each semester, except that during the summer term the normal study load is 3 credits.

Under the normal study load, the number of class contact hours per week is 6.

Classes will normally be held on weekday evenings and/or Saturday daytime.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have the following qualification:

  • Secondary 6 or equivalent, OR
  • Secondary 5 or equivalent plus 3 years of full-time work experience, OR
  • QF Level 3 qualification.


Applicants who cannot provide proof of attainment of the requisite qualification but have accumulated at least 10 years of work experience in senior positions will also be considered on an individual basis.  They will be required to demonstrate to the Admission Interview Panel their ability to complete the programme.



Waived (No application fee is required for 2019/20)


HK$1,930 per credit for 2019/20 academic year.

The tuition fee is charged on a semester basis.

Successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of HK$5,000 (being part of the tuition fee for the first semester of study) by the date as specified on the notice of offer/ conditional offer (normally within 10 days from the issue date of the notice of offer/ conditional offer). 

Tuition fees paid are normally neither refundable nor transferable.

Caution Money:

HK$400(A one-off caution money will be charged at student's first registration.)


Financial Assistance

Part-time students are eligible to apply for Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) offered by the Government's Student Finance Office (SFO).  Please visit SFO website for details.

Application Status

Open for application

Application Period

Interested parties are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.

Application Procedures

Completed application form, together with copies of academic qualification certifications and other supporting documents (if any), should be submitted by hand or by post to any of the SPEED Offices.

Office Address

Opening Hours

Room S1201, 12/F, South Tower

PolyU West Kowloon Campus

9 Hoi Ting Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Mondays – Fridays: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed 

Room 807, 8/F

PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus

8 Hung Lok Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon

Mondays – Fridays: 8:30 am – 7:15 pm

Saturdays: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Room QR802, 8/F, Core R

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hung Hom, Kowloon



Academic Matters

Programme Leader

Dr Ben FONG (Tel: 3746 0703; E-mail:

Administrative Matters

Programme Officer

Ms Choyce CHAN (Tel: 3746 0016; E-mail:

Administrative Assistant

Ms Angel CHEUNG (Tel: 3746 0019)

General Hotline: 3400 2828


Fax: 2363 0540

Supporting Facilities

Most of the classes will be held on PolyU Hung Hom Bay (HHB) Campus and PolyU West Kowloon (WK) Campus. Both PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus and PolyU West Kowloon Campus are equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. All students are entitled to access the library, computing and sports facilities at both campuses. Full-time students are also entitled to the health and dental services offered by the School.

On top of the facilities at HHB and WK campuses, all students can also access the library and sports facilities at PolyU main campus.