Research Postgraduate - Admission Requirements

General Entrance Requirements



Normal Study Period

Entrance Requirements

Full-time MPhil programme


at least hold a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognised university

Part-time MPhil programme


Full-time PhD programme


normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university

Part-time PhD programme


Full-time PhD programme


normally hold:

  • A Master’s degree; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.

Part-time PhD programme



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 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.


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