Prospective Students

Why Choose HKU?

HKU Ranked 22nd Best University in the World.

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest university in Hong Kong. As an English-medium university with a history that stretches back more than 100 years, it has grown with and helped shape the city from which it takes its name.

Today, HKU is recognized internationally as a dynamic and comprehensive university of world-class standing. With its distinguished excellence in research and outstanding performance in teaching, it attracts first-class teaching and research staff and brilliant students from around the world.

The University’s research students enjoy opportunities to work with leading international researchers and a peer group of resourceful and committed students from different nations in advanced facilities, producing cutting-edge and internationally recognized research work, and developing skills essential for future careers and lifelong learning.

High value placed on research postgraduate students at HKU

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With HKU’s commitment to research excellence, research postgraduate students are an important and valued part of the University. They currently represent 10% of the total student population and make a valuable contribution to the University’s research work and environment. The University also values the important role of non-Hong Kong graduate students (77% of the total research postgraduate student population). These presently come from over 60 different countries, and provide intellectual stimulation and important contribution to the social and cultural life of the University.


Research excellence



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HKU has won a proud reputation as a world-class comprehensive research university. Its research is of proven quality and utility, and it has a very successful record in the competitive local market for research funding. It has the highest number of awards among government-funded institutions, e.g. Areas of Excellence awards, General Research Fund awards, Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowships and academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. HKU also has the highest number of refereed publications per academic and research staff member.


World-class teaching

HKU has been consistently pursuing a vision of high quality education and it adopts a student-centred approach in research postgraduate education. Its academics are recruited from leading universities across the world, and many are highly regarded in the global academic community.


International focus

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The University has academic links with more than 400 overseas universities and hosts over 10,000 international students. About 66% of its academic staff come from overseas. Extensive exchange arrangements have been established at University / faculty / department levels to promote research collaboration and to provide an international learning environment. Research postgraduate students have opportunities to take part in overseas training and international research collaboration.


Wide range of fields of study

HKU offers MPhil and PhD programmes in a wide range of subjects under the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Sciences.


Use of English as the medium of instruction

A distinctive position as an English-medium university in Asia is one of HKU's great strengths.


Well-designed coursework component

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In addition to the long-established one-to-one mentorship system of supervision, a coursework element on discipline-specific knowledge, language and research skills is usually included to help students undertake their research work and prepare for thesis writing.

State-of-the-art support facilities

HKU students have access to first-class libraries (with over 6.9 million e-books, 201,074 e-journals and 930 e-databases) as well as computer, sports and leisure facilities. The University also provides residential accommodation for a proportion of its students.


Career prospects

Many of HKU graduates are employed in high-level positions in universities, government, business and industry in Hong Kong and around the world. According to the most recent employment survey on graduates, over 80% of the respondents are employed and around 6.4% are furthering their studies.

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