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Data Science and Analytics - MSc
Programme Code: 63027
Stream Code: DFM (Full-time) DPM (Part-time)

Employer's Recommendation


Transcript / Certificate



Please state all relevant professional qualifications/examination results obtained, e.g. Society of Actuaries (SOA) examination results.

Design - Master
Programme Code: 73035
Stream Code: DPF for Design Practices (Full-time) DSP for Design Strategies (Part-time) INF for Interaction Design (Full-time) IDB for International Design and Business Management (Full-time) UEF for Urban Environments Design (Full-time)

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Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required from persons who are most familiar with your studies, research interest, or work.

We suggest that you nominate a tutor in the programme you last attended, and/or the supervisor of your final project/thesis to be your referee(s).

Professional letters of recommendation from those who are able to speak about your professional role, achievements and potential are acceptable. For business owners, CEOs or company directors, these recommendations may come from your clients. For those who are in their final year of study, you may request a recommendation from your supervisor/team leader during your internship. Applications without a professional letter of recommendation may be disadvantaged.

Certification of employment is not the same as a letter of recommendation. Also, recommendations specific for admission are preferred over generic reference letters.

Each recommendation should contain the following: recommender’s name, organisation/affiliation, position/title, relationship, contact number and email address and recommender’s signature (for a scanned document).



Letters of recommendation are to be uploaded to the corresponding sections on eAdmission.

Combine multiple PDFs of your academic recommendations, transcripts and certificates from the same institution you attended into one PDF document and upload the file according to the specific academic qualification in the “Qualification” section.

On the other hand, professional letters of recommendation are to be provided according to the specific previous/ current employment in the “Employment” section.

Personal Statement

Also known as a Letter of Intent, this short essay of 1-2 pages should include the following information: your current position, and challenges/priorities in your career' how your background and training led you to this point in your career; your research interests; and your expectations of the programme in supporting your career goals and aspirations. The purpose of this document is specific – to convince the admission committee that the programme for which you are applying is right for you.

Transcript / Certificate

Evidence of your academic qualification, i.e., full official transcripts and explanatory notes (usually printed on the back of the transcripts), and degree certificates including the accompanying graduation statement or diploma supplement (if applicable).

For holders of academic qualifications from mainland China, the evidence must include your academic qualifications (畢業証書), degree certificate (學士學位証書), and GPA certification letter or average score and notes explaining the grading systems (課程績點点與等級換算關係表).

Documents not written in English must be accompanied by certified, literal English translations. We must have your transcripts and certificates in both the native language and in English to evaluate your qualification. We do not require applicants’ original documents during the application stage - readable scans of original documents would suffice.


A portfolio is required for all applicants to the Design Practices, Interaction Design and Urban Environments Design programmes and for applicants to the International Design and Business Management programme with an academic qualification in the field of design.

In general, the content of your portfolio may include the most advanced design you have done. We are interested in the process of concept development in self-initiated, experimental and commercial works. Support samples of work with succinct descriptions where needed. Indicate your project references (their name and organisation) whenever possible. State the projects' type - whether they are individual or group projects. For group projects, you must clearly specify your role in the creative process. The organisation and appearance of your portfolio, as an important part of your application, should be presented in professional quality. 

Digital and online portfolios are acceptable and must be in English. We do not accept files saved on USB flash drives, nor file transfer links and/or attachments sent through emails.


Digital portfolio

The preferred file format of your digital portfolio is PDF in 96 or 150 dpi with file size limited to 15 MB. You can upload your PDF portfolio to PolyU’s eAdmission if all supporting documents add up to 5 MB or less in file size.

In other cases, you can submit it via the MDes submission platform. To access this platform, you are asked to enter your credentials and your application number given after submitting your application on eAdmission. Only submit your application when you have provided all relevant information and documents – once it is submitted, you can no longer edit it by yourself.


Online portfolio

You can upload your portfolio to hosted portfolio websites or online platforms (e.g. Behance, ISSUU) and indicate the URL to view it on the MDes submission platform (under “Personal Website”).


Relevant professional qualifications and awards are optional. Documents that are not issued originally in English should be accompanied by certified, literal English translations.