Application for Admission

Application Closing Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year. However, applicants are strongly advised to apply in the Main Round. Clearing round applications may be invited after the main round only if there are unfilled places.

Application Round Application Period Remarks
Main Round for MPhil/PhD Applications September 1 – December 2, 2019 Applicants applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) have to submit BOTH an initial application to the Research Grants Council (RGC) and then a full application to HKU by the December deadline in the Main Round. No HKPFS applications will be accepted by the RGC after December 2, 2019 noon (Hong Kong Time).
1st Clearing Round for MPhil/PhD Applications December 3, 2019 – April 30, 2020 Applications will be considered only if there are vacancies after the Main Round.
2nd Clearing Round for MPhil/PhD Applications May 1 – August 31, 2020
For further details on the HKPF Scheme, please visit the RGC’s website

MPhil candidates may commence their studies either on September 1, 2020 or January 1, 2021, while PhD candidates may commence their studies on the first day of any calendar month during the academic year. Applications should be made at least three months before the intended date of registration, allowing extra time as necessary for visa and other formalities.