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 Requirements

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.

Some programmes / subjects may have different English language requirements. Please refer to individual programme information / website for details.

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 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: 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. Starting from 2019/20 intake cohort, a new definition of Non-local Students (NLS) which is provided by the Education Bureau (EDB) of the HKSAR will be adopted. For details, please visit our website:

When you submit an application, you are required to indicate clearly which document you are holding for study. You may be asked to provide a copy of your passport / visa to support your application during the admission process. If the documents produced do not correspond to your local / non-local status entered in the application form, any offers made to you may be revoked and all fees paid will not be refunded. It is always your responsibility to inform the University about the change of your condition of study by providing relevant documentary proof to as soon as possible.

To make direct enquiries on the definition of non-local students, please contact EDB: Email:
Fax: (852) 2804 6499

Non-local applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as it often takes considerable time (normally 6 to 8 weeks) for the Immigration Department of the HKSAR to process your visa applications. For details, please consult the Immigration Department of the HKSAR directly.

Submission of Application

Please submit your application online and upload the relevant academic documents via The University does not accept paper applications. Please read through the important notes contained in the "Online Application - Guided Tour" and visit the relevant website(s) before you start an online application process. Upon successful submission of application, you will receive an application acknowledgement by email which contains your Application Number. Please quote your Application Number in all communications with the University.

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 encouraged to pay the application fee online by using either VISA / Master credit card or UnionPay. Alternatively, you may choose to pay the fee by "Other Payment Methods" as indicated on the payment page and upload the copy of your payment proof (e.g. bank-in slip, ATM advice, Telegraphic Transfer) onto the system or send it to us via email.

Supporting Documents

You should upload your transcripts, certificates, public examination results, English test results and other supporting documents direct on 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. 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 invited for admission interview / test will be notified by email. Please check your email regularly after submission of application in order to receive any updates or interview invitation from the University. Some applicants may be given a direct offer. Those who have not been invited for interview nor given a direct offer may still be considered if the intake quota is not filled.

You will be informed of your application status, such as application acknowledgement, interview and registration arrangements, etc., via your registered email. No letters will be posted to you except in very exceptional circumstances. It is therefore important that the email address you provided is correct and you are strongly advised to check your email frequently.

Please login your online application account to update your email address and contact phone number at any time.

Successful applicants will receive individual notifications by post / email. 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.

Acceptance of Admission Offer

Applicants who wish to accept the admission offer will be required to:

  1. indicate your acceptance of offer directly through the Online Application System; and
  2. upload a payment proof of the admission acceptance fee.

Non-local students who apply for student visa / entry permit are required to return a signed visa application form and supporting documents, and a completed application form for on-campus accommodation (if applicable).

If you have received more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.

Programme Registration

New students will be required to present the ORIGINAL documents of all the qualifications stated in your application for verification at the time of 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.

The schedule of programme orientation and registration will be announced on The Global Affairs Office (GAO) will send the student visa to individual non-local student once available.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer may be granted to students in recognition of their prior learning experiences. All applications must follow the time-limit, department and programme specific requirements.

Please read the Policy and the Guidelines on Credit Transfer listed on Registry's website and consult your Programme Leader / Subject Coordinator before submitting an application.

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. The Student Affairs Office (SAO) provides various supporting services for students with special needs. Please visit SAO website for details.

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, Registrations and Academic Planning Section of the Registry.