General Qualifications for Admission

      The basic qualification necessary for admission to research postgraduate studies is a good honors degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution. Qualifying examinations to test the applicants’ abilities to follow the prescribed courses and/or interviews may be conducted.

      Applicants who wish to be admitted to higher degrees on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to provide documents to prove their English language proficiency.

      Application Period

      The main round of applications for research degrees are invited until December 1, 2019. Clearing round applications may be invited after the main round is completed. Applicants are advised to apply early in case all places of study are filled in the main round.

      Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (Details)Initial application to the Research Grants Council: September 1, 2019 noon to December 2, 2019 noon
      Full application to HKU: September 1 to December 2, 2019
      Main RoundSeptember 1, 2019 to December 2, 2019
      1st Clearing RoundDecember 3, 2019 to April 30, 2020
      2nd Clearing RoundMay 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020

      MPhil candidates may commence their studies on either 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.

      Submission of Application Form and Supporting Documents

      All applications have to be submitted to the Online Application System by the respective closing dates.

      Supporting documents:

      A. Certificates and complete transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate studies

      B. Statement of research interest or research proposal (Research Proposal Form)

      C. Two academic referee’s reports

      D. Official score report of one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests:

      [For applicants from institutions outside Hong Kong where the language of instruction and examination is not entirely in English]

      TOEFLPaper-based testAn overall score of 550 or above
      Internet-based test An overall score of 80 or above
       IELTS (Academic module) A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5
       GCE Grade C or above
       IGCSE Grade C or above
       CPE Grade C or above

      E. Writing sample (in PDF format):

      • For MPhil applicants: The abstract of Bachelor’s thesis OR a sample research paper (max. 15 pages), written in English.
      • For PhD applicants: The abstract of Master’s thesis AND a sample research paper (max. 15 pages), written in English.

      F. Documentary proof of proficiency in the language(s) necessary for research OR a written statement outlining current language abilities (including years of formal study), and future course of study.

      *IMPORTANT NOTES: Please refer to the Documents to support an application at the Graduate School for the submission arrangement.