Important Notes to Applicants


Useful Tips for Applying to PolyU


  1. Explore our research programmes and research areas to identify your research interest.
  2. Review the admission requirements and read all of the information posted on our Study@PolyU website.
  3. Discuss your proposed research area with the academic department concerned.
  4. Prepare supporting documents (e.g., certificates, transcripts, research proposal, etc.) for application.
  5. Submit an online application and settle the application fee before the application deadline via our eAdmission System.
  6. Provide your current email address in your application.
  7. Check your emails and application status regularly.


Check Application Deadlines



Application Deadlines


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme






Initial Application to the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong

1 December (HKT 12:00 noon GMT +8 hours)


Application to PolyU

1 December (HKT 11:59 p.m. GMT + 8 hours)


PolyU Research Postgraduate Programmes


31 December



The main application deadline for PolyU research postgraduate programmes is 31 December each year. Due to a very limited quota, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of admission. However, some departments may decide to set their own deadlines to meet their needs. You are therefore advised to note the various application deadlines shown against the individual research areas in our Research Postgraduate Prospectus on the Study@PolyU website.


To apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) via PolyU, you must quote the reference number allocated by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. Before submitting an application to our University, you should file an initial application to the RGC via the HKPFS Electronic System to obtain a reference number before noon on 1 December (HKT 12:00 noon  GMT +8 hours). Please note that late applications will not be accepted and considered for HKPFS.


Pay the Application Fee


The application fee for admission to research postgraduate programmes is HK$200 and it is non-refundable. You should settle the application fee upon submission of an application. Otherwise, the application will not be further processed. You are advised to use Visa or Master Card to do so. Please click here to view the details on payment methods.


Please note that other than the specified application fee, you are not required to pay any additional fees to any persons in connection with your application.


Check Regulations and Procedures


All regulations and procedures relating to the study of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy degrees are listed in the Research Student Handbook. Please click here to view and download the Handbook. It is important for you to read through the Research Student Handbook and make sure you understand the regulations and procedures stipulated by the University.


Confirm Application Submission


After submitting your online application, you will be given a PolyU application number as confirmation that the application has been submitted. Please make sure you write down your application number somewhere safe. You will need it in future correspondence with us.


Upload Supporting Documents


You need to upload all of the required documents (e.g., certificates and transcripts of study) in support of the qualifications and results claimed in your online application. Failure to upload the supporting documents may affect your chances of admission or prolong the application process. If these documents are not in English or Chinese, you are required to provide official translated documents in English; otherwise, your application may not be considered.


If you are not yet a graduate and cannot provide a final result certificate upon submission of application, please update the relevant sections of the online application form and upload the document(s) indicating your latest/predicted public examination results once they are available.


Check Application Status


You may log-in to our eAdmission System to check your application status (e.g., notification of interview/test and admission offer).


Apply for Student Visa


All non-local students must obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. If you only possess a visitor or tourist visa, we can neither register you as a student nor allow you to commence your studies until a student visa is obtained. Therefore, you should not travel to Hong Kong without a valid student visa.


Upon admission, PolyU will help you to apply for a student visa. As it may take 8 to 10 weeks for the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to process your student visa application, you are strongly advised to submit it as soon as you have received either a conditional or a firm admission offer from PolyU. Please note that the Immigration Department may not accept student visa applications from certain nationals. Please click here to obtain more information from the Immigration Department’s website.


You will be informed of the details of visa applications, immigration regulations, health care, cost of living and other non-academic matters of concern to non-local students if you are offered admission to our programmes.