As the Diploma Plus Programme involves additional workload, it is meant for those who are performing well in their diploma course of study. The Diploma Plus Programme is thus offered only to the top 15% of freshmen in each diploma based on their Year 1 Semester 1 results. For the main cohort of students, it would be good for them to focus on and do well in their diploma course of study, which comprises TP core subjects, diploma core/ elective/ option subjects and three Cross-Disciplinary Subjects (CDS) required for graduation.
Freshmen who have performed at the top 15% of each diploma course will receive an email sent to their TP email account on the day of the release of Semester 1 Main Examinations results inviting them to apply for the Diploma Plus Programme. If you decide to take up the invitation, please follow the instructions given in the Diploma Plus invitation email.
Diploma Plus information is available on the microsite and more information is also available during the briefing. However, if you have missed the briefing, contact your school reps for more details. Their contact details are available under <contact us> tab.
If you missed the Diploma Plus briefing, do read through the FAQ section for more information that was presented during the briefing. You may also want to consult your school rep for specific questions regarding the Diploma Plus Programme which are not covered in the FAQ.
The Diploma Plus cluster selection is done at TP Online Student Services, similar to your CDS selection. Only clusters for which you are eligible are open for your selection. You will be able to indicate up to three preferred clusters for the Diploma Plus Programme.
If you miss the online selection period, you may select your cluster during the Add & Drop week in semester 1.2. The process can be done at HSS General Office, East Wing Level 3 from Monday to Friday. However, cluster availability is subject to vacancies for the cluster.
Of the three preferred clusters that you have indicated, one will be allocated to you based on the time stamp (first come, first served), ranking of choices and availability of cluster places.
All students who are eligible and have signed up for the Diploma Plus Programme will commence their programme from the second semester of their freshman year.
If the Diploma Plus cluster includes subjects similar to your diploma core subjects, you will not be allowed to select the cluster. This is to avoid overlapping of subjects taken.
The number of subjects taken in a semester depends on each Diploma’s allocated workload and progression path. There is a possibility that as Diploma Plus students, you might exceed your max learning hours per day or CU per semester. For details on your diploma progression path, please approach your school reps.
For students in the China Studies cluster, please approach Centre for Transcultural Studies (CTS) rep for your progression path.
No extra fees are required for the Diploma Plus Programme, but you may be required to pay for some materials, field trips and/or residential stay, depending on the subjects in your allocated cluster.
If you are not allocated any clusters due to oversubscription or non-selection, or you want to change your cluster, you can approach HSS General Office (East Wing, Level 3) to change (i.e. add, drop or switch) the cluster, which is subject to availability. This Add & Drop period usually happens in week 1 of semester 1.2.
Commitment is required of students who sign up for the Diploma Plus Programme. As additional resources are devoted to provide you with the Programme, you will be expected to complete all 4 subjects in your allocated cluster.
However, if you find it difficult to cope with the additional workload of the Diploma Plus Programme, withdrawals will be allowed on a case-by-case basis and there is no penalty. Withdrawals can only be done during Add & Drop week of each semester.
To obtain a certificate, you should focus on completing the four subjects in your allocated cluster within the three years of your diploma course of study. If you have completed the four subjects in your allocated cluster and are coping well with all other core/ elective/ option subjects required in your diploma, you are allowed to take other Cross Disciplinary Subjects, subject to approval from your Course Manager.
The cumulative GPA will be calculated using the “best three out of X CDS taken” rule at the end of the semester in which you complete the 4th CDS. The cumulative GPA (cGPA) calculated in the earlier semesters will include all CDS taken. Results of all completed CDS, inclusive non-Diploma Plus CDS, will be reflected in your examination transcript.
You will not be able to continue in the Diploma Plus Programme if you fail any of the subjects twice in your allocated cluster because it is unlikely that you will have enough time to complete the Programme. However, the subjects you have already passed in the Programme will be reflected in your examination transcript and they will count towards your fulfilment of the Cross-Disciplinary Subject requirement for graduation. The ‘best three out of X CDS taken’ rule will not apply for cGPA computation if you withdraw from the Programme.
The Diploma Plus Programme Certificate validates your specialisation in the cluster which you have taken. This certificate would be helpful when you apply for jobs or further studies after graduation.
Students will receive the Diploma Plus Programme Certificate on Graduation Day. A letter of completion will be provided, sometime in early January, for students who have completed their 4 cluster CDS by Semester 3.1. Please contact your school reps for more details on collection of this letter.
It is possible to change your subjects for TransCultural/Cross-Cultural Studies cluster. You have to drop your allocated subject and add the subject which you want to take during the Add & Drop period of each semester at HSS General Office (East Wing, Level 3). However, the change is subject to availability of places in the subject.
No, for TransCultural/Cross-Cultural Studies cluster, you can only take TransNational Studies and Global Citizenship or Sustainable Community Development as a Vacation Term CDS. Other Vacation Term CDS are not included in this cluster.
Students in the TransCultural/Cross-Cultural cluster will be contacted via email to indicate their interest (if any) in taking Vacation Term CDS. Even though you may have chosen your subject during the Diploma Plus cluster selection (end of semester 1.1), you will still need to confirm your choice.
The choices available are:
Yes. If you have completed a Vacation Term CDS (e.g. TransNational Studies) for your TransCultural/Cross-Cultural cluster but your timetable reflects the same CDS for the semester that follows, you need to drop the subject that is reflected in your timetable during the Add & Drop week of each semester.