Research Postgraduate - Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

1. What are the differences between research postgraduate programmes (PhD or MPhil) and taught postgraduate programmes? +
2. What are the eligibility criteria for PhD or MPhil admission? What are the English language requirements? +
3. When do I need to apply? How can I obtain the application materials? +
4. When does the new academic year start? +
5. Can I enrol in more than one programme at the same time? +
6. How much is the tuition fee? +
7. Am I eligible for a research studentship? +
8. Am I eligible to apply for Halls of Residence accommodation? +
9. How are non-local students defined? +
10. Are non-local students allowed to enrol in study programmes in Hong Kong? +
11. When should I apply for a student visa? Where can I find information about student visa? +
12. Is financial assistance available for non-local students? +
13. Can non-local students take up internships and part-time jobs? +

Before You Apply

14. What is the procedure for submitting an application? +
15. How many research areas can I select in an application? +
16. Can I apply to more than one department? +
17. Can I change my programme choice after submission? +
18. Can I edit my proposed research plan/vision statement after submission? +
19. Will you accept an application and supporting documents prepared and submitted by an agent or consultant? +
20. Do I have to list all of the schools and institutions I have attended? +
21. How much is the application fee and how should I pay it? +
22. What should I do if I have not yet received my results / transcript(s) / certificate(s) when I submit an application to PolyU? +
23. Is it necessary to provide information on my academic referees with my application? +
24. When should my referees submit their online academic referee's reports? +
25. Why has one of my referees not received an email invitation from PolyU? +
26. How will I know if my referees have successfully submitted their online academic referee's reports to PolyU? +
27. What supporting documents do I need to submit with my online application? +
28. Do I need to send the originals of my supporting documents to PolyU by post? +
29. Can I make changes to my application or submit supporting documents after submission? +
30. How should I upload my supporting documents? What format should they have? +

After You Have Applied

31. Where will I find my application number? +
32. When will I be notified of an admission offer? How will I know if I have been accepted for admission? +
33. When will the results of applications to the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme be announced? +

When You Receive an Admission Offer

34. What should I do to accept an admission offer? +
35. When should I submit my student visa application? +
36. Do I need to provide proof of financial means with my student visa application? +
37. How can I check the status of my student visa application? +
38. Can I change the delivery address to which my visa label will be sent? +
39. Do I need to submit originals of my academic certificates and full official transcripts? How should my academic certificates and full official transcripts be submitted? +
40. What should I do if I have received a conditional offer of admission? +
41. What if I cannot provide official documentary proof(s) to fulfil the admission condition(s) by the deadline? +
42. How should I submit my original test score report (i.e., GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL)? +
43. How will I know if I qualify to receive a research studentship? +