- Q1 Am I eligible for PhD/MPhil admission?
All candidates with an honours Bachelor’s degree are eligible for PhD and MPhil admission. Please refer to programme description for the expectation of each programme, and admission requirement for the minimum entrance requirement.
- Q2 When is the deadline for application?
Applications for admission to the PhD and MPhil programmes are invited all year round. In view of the limited admission quota, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in the Main Round as far as possible. Applications will be considered in the clearing rounds only if there are vacancies after the Main Round. Click here for the application period in the latest round.
- Q3 What are the differences if I apply in the "Main round", "1st clearing round" and"2nd clearing round"?
Applications for admission to the PhD and MPhil programmes are invited all year round. However, the University has a quota for admitting PhD and MPhil students each year. The Main Round application is the first round in which faculties/schools/departments consider applications for the coming academic year.
In view of the limited admission quota, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in the Main Round as far as possible. Applications will be considered in the clearing rounds only if there are vacancies after the Main Round.
Some faculties/schools/departments may not wait until the application deadline of each round to start the consideration of applications.
- Q4 What supporting documents do I need to submit in my PhD/MPhil application?
Click here to check the support documents needed. All supporting documents should be uploaded to the Online Application System before the respective application deadline. Documents uploaded to the system should not be delivered to the Graduate School by post in duplicate.
- Q5 When should I submit my supporting application documents?
If you settle the application fee payment online, you can upload the supporting documents after the transaction is completed. You can also check the details of information uploaded in the Online Application System. The reviewer(s) will consider your application based on the documents submitted and it is your responsibility to provide sufficient information. Documents/information submitted/uploaded after the application deadline may not be considered.
- Q6 Do I need to submit certified hardcopies of transcripts and certificates to the University?
Supporting documents including transcripts and certificates should be uploaded to the online Application System after successful payment of application fee. After the transcripts and certificates have been uploaded, applicants are not required to send in the hardcopies. However, applicants may be required to provide certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts upon request at a later stage. If the policy of your institution is that the transcript should remain confidential, please request your institution to send it directly to the HKU Graduate School.
- Q7 Does the University require applicants to take English language tests?
An applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to submit English Language Proficiency Test results. Please click here for the details.
- Q8 Do I need to submit a GMAT/GRE score report?
Faculty of Business and Economics applicants are required to demonstrate their capability for graduate studies by obtaining satisfactory scores in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), taken within five years. (Institution code: GRE - 2482; GMAT - FS2-WL-48)
Department of Psychology applicants whose first degree is not in Psychology are required to obtain a minimum score of 550 in the GRE’s Subject Test in Psychology taken within five years. (Institution code: GRE - 2482)
- Q9 How much is the application fee and how should I pay for it?
Application fee for each application is HK$150. You can settle the application fee online by Visa or Mastercard through the Online Application System. Application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment made via other means (e.g. cash) will not be accepted.
Please note that a waiver of application fee will not be considered.
- Q10 What are the difference between the HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme and the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme?
The HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS Programme) and the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) are both entrance scholarships to attract top students from around the world to pursue PhD studies at HKU/HK. The HKU-PS is funded by HKU while the HKPFS is funded by the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Government. All HKU HKPFS holders will be awarded the HKU-PS, and receive top-up funding support from HKU. Hence, the packages of the two entrance scholarships are almost identical.
All applicants applying for the full-time PhD programme will be considered for the HKU-PS Programme. The application period of HKPFS is usually from September 1 to December 1 every year. In view of the intense competition, applicants applying for the HKU-PS Programme during the Main Round (1 September – 1 December) are strongly encouraged to apply also for the HKPFS.
- Q11 How can I apply for Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)?
Full-time PhD and MPhil students who hold a first degree at second class honours upper division (or equivalent) or above are normally considered eligible for receiving Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) during the normative study period, subject to availability of funding. The details can be found here.
Please indicate whether you would like to apply for the Postgraduate Scholarship on the application form for admission. There is no separate form for Postgraduate Scholarship application.
- Q12 My university does not classify graduates into categories of "first class honours" and "second class honours upper division" etc. Am I eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)?
The Graduate School will determine the equivalent honours classification based on the marks/grades in the final transcripts. Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS) can be awarded to full-time PhD and MPhil students who hold a Bachelor's degree at second class honours upper division or above, subject to availability of funding.
- Q13 How long is the processing time for an application and when will the result be announced?
The Graduate School will inform all applicants of the result of their applications in writing in about three to four months after the closing date of application. Applicants may also check the result via the Online Application System.
- Q14 May I apply to more than one research postgraduate programme?
You may apply for PhD and MPhil programme in more than one department. Please submit a separate application to each department including full set of supporting documents and pay the application fee for each application. However, each applicant should only submit one application to each department, regardless of the study mode (Full-time/Part-time) and degree (PhD/MPhil).
- Q15 What are the differences between a Research Postgraduate Programme (PhD/MPhil) and a Taught Master's Programme?
PhD and MPhil programmes are research postgraduate programmes which focus on research work. Candidates admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) and Master of Philosophy(MPhil) programmes will conduct independent research, under the supervision of a dedicated academic or a team of academics leading to the final submission of a thesis. Students are normally required to take around 5 to 10 courses which will be assessed on a pass/fail basis, that aims to equip students with the basic research skills.
Taught master's programmes focus more on coursework although students may also be required to complete a dissertation in some of the programmes. For details, please visit taught postgraduate admission page.