Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the differences between Taught Postgraduate programmes and Research programmes?
- When is the application period for admission to Taught Postgraduate programmes?
- How do I apply?
- What are the entrance requirements for admission to Taught Postgraduate programmes?
- What are the selection criteria for admission?
- Can I apply for admission if I do not meet the stipulated entrance requirements?
- Can I apply for credit transfer?
- What can I do if I do not intend to pursue a formal academic award but am interested in some subjects offered under some programmes?
- What is the meaning of "Mixed-mode" study?
- Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme?
- Who are non-local applicants?
- Are non-local students eligible for financial assistance? Can they take up part-time jobs?
- Are non-local students eligible for applying for hall residence?
1. What are the differences between Taught Postgraduate programmes and Research programmes?
Taught Postgraduate programmes focus more on coursework. Some may require the completion of a dissertation. For research programmes, the PhD or MPhil degree is awarded to a student who, upon completing an approved programme of study and research, presents a dissertation on the results of his/her research and satisfies the examiners in an oral examination (and other examinations if required) in matters relevant to the subject of the dissertation.
2. When is the application period for admission to Taught Postgraduate programmes?
PolyU normally invites applications for admission to Taught Postgraduate programmes (for September entry) around November every year. Some programmes may invite applications for January entry and this normally takes place around mid-October. Please click here for the most up-to-date information.
3. How do I apply?
Applications are received online via Study@PolyU.
4. What are the entrance requirements for admission to Taught Postgraduate programmes?
Please click here for details.
5. What are the selection criteria for admission?
Applications will be considered on the basis of the information (such as academic achievements, professional qualifications and work experience) provided in the online application form.
6. Can I apply for admission if I do not meet the stipulated entrance requirements?
Applicants with good calibre but without the relevant qualifications may also be admitted.These applicants must demonstrate sufficient motivation, knowledge and potential to complete the programme successfully.
7. Can I apply for credit transfer?
Applicants who have previously studied at a university, polytechnic or other post-secondary institution and completed subjects that are relevant to their chosen programme may be eligible for credit transfer. Please click here for details of the policy governing credit transfer.
8. What can I do if I do not intend to pursue a formal academic award but am interested in some subjects offered under some programmes?
The University has a provision for applicants to enrol on individual subjects which is processed on a semester basis. Please click here for details.
9. What is the meaning of "Mixed-mode" study?
Classes are held in both daytime and evening. Students may attend classes in the daytime, evening or a combination of both. Mixed-mode programmes give students an option to engage in a full-time or part-time study load. This provides flexibility for them to determine their own pace of study.
10. Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme?
Full-time local students on government-funded programmes are eligible for the HKSAR government’s Tertiary Student Finance Scheme-Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) and the PolyU Financial Assistance Scheme. Local full-time and part-time students on all programmes are eligible for the HKSAR government’s Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS). For details, please refer to the webpage of Centre STARS (www.polyu.edu.hk/stars/fa).
11. Who are non-local applicants?
Non-local applicants are those who need to apply for a student visa to study in Hong Kong. Applicants holding the following visa types are also considered as non-local applicants:
- a visitor or tourist visa; OR
- an Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP); OR
- a non-local graduate who stays in Hong Kong under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)
The levels of tuition fees for local and non-local students are different for some programmes.It is therefore important for applicants to indicate their identity correctly when they submit their application(s).
Non-local applicants (except IANG holders) need to apply for a visa to study in Hong Kong. Please note that the Immigration Department may not accept student visa applications from certain nationals. For details, please refer to the Immigration Department's website by clicking here.
12. Are non-local students eligible for financial assistance? Can they take up part-time jobs?
Non-local students are normally not eligible for government grants and loans. Therefore students have to ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses, including medical insurance.
Notwithstanding the above, non-local students studying a full-time programme at degree level or above with a study period of not less than one academic year will be allowed to take up part-time on-campus employment and summer jobs subject to the conditions as stipulated by the Hong Kong Immigration Departments. Please refer to the Student Handbook for details.