Programme Content






The knowledge and understanding of international issues and global business dynamics are vital for business professionals.  This programme will build your all-round knowledge of business and equip you to embark on a business career in Hong Kong or internationally. 


Programme Features

High recognition
Northumbria University Newcastle Business School is AACSB accredited. AACSB is known for its very high standard, less than 5% of business schools worldwide have received this accreditation.

No exams
The programme is designed with no exams. You will write assignments and reports to train up your research and writing skills essential for success in the business sector. 

Competitive edge
On graduation you’ll be well-equipped to embark on a business career in the UK or internationally. Your in-depth study of international management will give you an extra edge in employability.

Further studies
Some of our graduates have pursued master’s degrees in business in reputable universities in Hong Kong, such as Master in Public Administration/Hong Kong Baptist University. Graduates of this top-up degree programme can also enjoy a 20% alumni tuition fee discount when they study a Master’s degree at Northumbria University’s UK campuses (London or Newcastle). 



Critical Organisational Analysis

The aim of this module is to encourage engagement with Organisation Theory through offering a comprehensive account of ideas, perspectives and practices of organisation. You will learn to analyse organisations, people and organising practices through critical employment of Organisation Theory which challenges conventional understanding of organisations. You will learn to explore the impact of recent trends in Organisation Theory and Practice on people and their behaviour in organisations.

Contemporary Issues in International Business

This module aims to provide you with insights into contemporary issues and an ability to evaluate and critique business responses to them. Businesses work in a dynamic environment ever more so when working across the globe. The challenges imposed by and the nature of issues that they face are quite heterogeneous. This module provides a perspective on these and builds your ability to evaluate and suggest responses to address them.

International Business and Innovation

This module aims to provide you with insights into some key considerations that international businesses need to be aware of. Creating and appropriating value from international business strategy, and aligning with innovation for competitive advantage, are topical aspects that you will engage with in this module.

Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility

You will learn how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their corporate, social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module you will learn to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

Contemporary Issues in Business

On this module, you will learn about critical thinking and reflection, and doing so, you will develop the necessary critical skills to perform both of these effectively as a learner in higher education. You will learn about the necessary academic skills required to undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within the business and management disciplines. On completing this, you will be able to conduct a critical literature review on a subject appropriate to your degree programme.

Academic and Career Development 

The module will be concluded with a theoretical session and a number of practical exercises designed to develop your self-confidence and employability

Supporting Study

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of your independent learning over the one-year course. Induction and on-going personal support activities are to be phased in line with the academic development and the need to support the delivery of programme modules.



Case report, assignment, portfolio and/or report.

^ Under review and subject to change



QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 20/000181/L5 
Validity Period : 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024 

This programme is in the process of seeking re-accreditation by HKCAAVQ. The re-accreditation is subject to HKCAAVQ’s final approval.



Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements^ 

Holders of VTC Higher Diploma (HD) in relevant Business subjects;
  • HD in Accountancy 
  • HD in Accountancy with Business Analytics
  • HD in Advertising and Marketing Communications  
  • HD in Advertising and Media Communications
  • HD in Artistic & Cultural Management
  • HD in Arts and Cultural Events Management  
  • HD in Aviation and e-Logistics
  • HD in Aviation Management and Global Logistics 
  • HD in Aviation Services and Passenger Transport 
  • HD in Banking and Finance
  • HD in Banking and Financial Analysis  
  • HD in Business Administration 
  • HD in Corporate Administration  
  • HD in Customer Services for Aviation and Passenger Transport  
  • HD in Digital Marketing  
  • HD in Event Marketing and Digital Promotion
  • HD in Event Marketing and Promotion  
  • HD in Financial Technology  
  • HD in Global Business Management with Language
  • HD in Global Purchasing and Supply Management 
  • HD in Human Resources and Talent Analytics
  • HD in Human Resource Management  
  • HD in International Business Management with Languages  
  • HD in Law and Administration  
  • HD in Law and Legal Informatics
  • HD in Marketing and Customer Analytics
  • HD in Marketing Management  
  • HD in Retail and e-Tail Management  
  • HD in Real Estate and Property Management  
  • HD in Management for Security and Disciplined Services  
  • HD in Music and Digital Enterprise Business Management  
  • HD in Public Relations and Digital Communications
  • HD in Retail Innovation and Management
  • HD in Supply Chain with InnoTech Applications



Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in relevant Business subjects awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered. 



English Proficiency Requirements^

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English from recognised institutions;


  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 232 (computer-based), 89 (internet-based), or Pearson 62, or equivalent.

^ Under review and subject to change



"What I like most about SHAPE was the mixture of UK and local academic staff. The tutorials were very useful and the feedback from the lecturers was constructive. I can access a large volume of e-resources and easily seek help from SHAPE and the University.  I enjoyed every moment of my learning experience at SHAPE."

Jessica Liu

Advanced Diploma in Applied Social Science (Human Resource Management and Development), HKU SPACE

BA (Hons) Business and International Management 



Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee: HK$77,490 by 2 instalments


A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students


Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:

Financial Assistance Schemes
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $34,390 per year 
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $91,040
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,810
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 57,340
(Living expenses loan)


Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year

For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.


Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

On graduation you’ll be well-equipped to embark on a business career in the UK or internationally. Your in-depth study of international management will give you an extra edge in employability.

"This programme developed my interests in marketing and communications, which has become my expertise area of my career. The learning facilities, environment and learning support from SHAPE were great. I had also learnt a lot from my dissertation supervisor who was very knowledgeable in the industry."

Kris Leung

BA (Hons) Business and International Management 

  • Associate Director, Corporate Communications & Client Relations / Vigers Appraisal & Consulting Limited


Further Studies

Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong and Overseas.


"The assignment-based approach of this programme strengthened my research and thesis writing skills which are essential in the business world. The supervisor of SHAPE was professional and helpful. I can fully utilise the knowledge obtained from this programme in my master’s degree study."

Daniel Chan

BA (Hons) Business and International Management 

  • Master of Public Administration/Hong Kong Baptist University
  • BA (Hons) Business and International Management 



Awards/ Campus Life

Student Awards



Ng Sze Wing

HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22

Kwong Ha Tan

HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020-21


Graduation Ceremony




Connect with Us


Programme Coordinator

Mr. Lester Kong 

Tel. no.

2256 7872 




General Enquiries

Mr. Alvin Law 

Tel. no.

2256 7240 



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Registration No. : 253017. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.