Admission Requirements


General Entrance Requirements


To register for the degree of MPhil, a student must hold:


  • A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours from a recognised university; OR
  • Other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent.


To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognised university.


In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.


PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.


English Language Requirements


The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university are:


  • An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English)*.

* Subject to review


Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognised public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).


All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.