Application & Admission

General Entrance Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a recognised Bachelor’s / Master’s degree or equivalent. Applicants of some postgraduate programmes are required to submit a Study Statement and / or Research Proposal. Please refer to individual programme information / websites for details.

English Language Reqirements

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfil one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0#; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

# The minimum IELTS requirement for RPg and EdD programmes is normally an overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test lower than 6.0.

Application Deadline and Late Applications

The majority of the postgraduate programmes have admission intake in September of each academic year. Some programmes may accept applications for January / February intake. We operate a rolling admission process for a majority of programmes, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be assessed. We urge you to submit your application as early as possible. For the updated admission schedule and application deadline of individual programmes, please visit our admission website: www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/postgrad.html. We will still accept applications after the deadlines. However, priority will be given to applications received by the deadlines.

Non-local Applicants

We welcome applications from local and non-local applicants. If you are required to obtain a student visa / entry permit issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR in order to study in Hong Kong, you are regarded as a non-local applicant. EdUHK graduates holding an extended student visa / entry permit of the previous programme should apply for another student visa / entry permit to cover the period of their studies for enrolment in the newly admitted programme. Indication of residence status does not form a criterion for selection. It normally takes 6-8 weeks for the Immigration Department of the HKSAR to process visa applications. Non-local applicants are therefore advised to apply as early as possible. For details, please consult the Immigration Department of the HKSAR directly (www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/index.html) or visit our website: www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/nonlocal.html.

Submission of Application

You can submit your application online at www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/online. The University does not accept paper applications. Please read through the important notes contained in the “Online Application - Guided Tour” before you start an online application process. Upon successful submission of application, you will receive an application acknowledgement containing your Application Number by email.

Application Fee

Application fee for local applicants and non-local applicants is HK$150 and HK$300 respectively which is non-refundable and non-transferable unless the programme in question is cancelled by the University. You are required to pay the application fee online using a credit card (Visa / Master Card or UnionPay).

You may also refer to the “Methods other than Online Payment” for the alternative ways to make a payment for application fee.

Supporting Documents

You should upload your transcripts, certificates, public examination results, English test results and other supporting documents direct on www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/online. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive all the necessary supporting materials. Due to system limitations, the maximum capacity of your upload files is 17MB in total whereas the maximum size for each file is 4 MB.

If you are a current final year student of a degree or postgraduate programme, please upload a copy of your current year results when it is available. If you are our graduate in 1995 or after, you do not need to submit any copies of academic transcript(s) and certificate(s) obtained at the University. You are, however, required to authorise the University to extract and use your records of studies at the University to process your application.

Please do not send any original documents to the University in any circumstances as the University will not be responsible for any documents mislaid. However, original documents of the qualifications stated in the application must be presented for verification at registration. Provision of any false or misleading information or failure to supply the original documentation for verification shall lead to disqualification of the application and any offer made will be rescinded. All fees paid will not be refunded.

Applicants who have attended international institutions whose transcripts are in a language other than Chinese or English must submit those transcripts with certified English translations.

Submitted documents will not be returned. All supporting documents of unsuccessful applications will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.

Interviews and Admission Results

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend admission interviews / tests. An applicant who has not been invited to an interview shall not assume that he / she is not being considered for admission.

You will be informed of your application status, such as application acknowledgement, interview and registration arrangements, etc., via your personal e-mail. No letters will be posted to you except in very exceptional circumstances. It is therefore important that the email address you provided is correct. Please login your online application account to update your email address and contact phone number at anytime.

Successful applicants will receive individual notifications by post / email. Applicants who wish to accept the admission offer will be required to indicate their acceptance of the offer directly through the Online Application System (www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/OnlineAccept.html). If you have received more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only. Applicants who have not been offered admission before the commencement of the programme may assume their applications unsuccessful. No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants.

Programme Registration

You will be required to present the ORIGINAL documents of all the qualifications stated in your application for verification at registration. The schedule of programme orientation and registration will be announced at www.eduhk.hk/postgrad_reg/. Please visit the website to obtain the useful information of orientation and registration in due course. The Global Affairs Office (GAO) will send the study visa to non-local students once available.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer may be granted to students in recognition of their prior learning experiences. Students may submit an application from the date of programme registration till the first two weeks of each semester in each academic year. For courses on offer in the summer semester, applications should be submitted one week before the commencement of the semester. Late applications will only be considered on condition that there was enough time to complete the application process (normally 4 weeks) before the end of the courses concerned.

Cancellation of Programme

The University reserves the right to cancel any programme(s) in which case all fees paid will be refunded.

Double Registration

Students enrolled in any full-time award bearing programmes (lasting for one year or longer) of the University should not simultaneously register for another qualification at this University or a post-secondary qualification at any another institutions except with prior approval of the University. Violation of this regulation may lead to discontinuation of studies from the University. In case of doubt, please seek advice from the Registry.

Applicants with Special Needs

All applicants will be considered on the same basis. If you have a physical or other disability, please indicate your disability in your application. The collection of information about the nature and degree of any disabilities will be used by the University to assess the provision of facilities to assist students during the application stage and after enrolment.

Right of Access to and Correction of Information

In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you have the right of access to and correction of the information contained in your application, and the right to request a copy of such data. If you wish to do so, you may submit your request in writing to the Admissions and Registrations Section of the Registry.