International - Departmental Scheme-based Admission


What is it?

Starting from the 2022/23 academic year, when you apply to PolyU, you will first select a scheme from a department. Upon enrolling to the University, you only need to undertake the common courses of the department in your first academic year. You will then select your Major at the end of Year 1 study (unless otherwise specified by the scheme concerned).


Why is it good for me?

Under the departmental scheme-based admission, you are able to explore where your interests and aspirations lie in your first year of study before selecting the Major of study*. This provides you with more flexible study options to consider and hence, develop your diverse capabilities to meet future societal needs. 

* Screening criteria are set by 11 Schemes (out of total 32 Schemes) for Year 1 students to select major/specialism. 



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More about Departmental Scheme-based Admission


There are 32 Schemes on offer in 2023/24 admission exercise with ten Schemes have set screening criteria for students to select their major/specialism towards the end of the first year of study. However, applicants with outstanding academic performance will be considered, at the time of admission, for advance placement (with no restrictions to select a desired major/specialism within a Scheme). These applicants will also be notified of this special provision, if applicable, in their Notice of Offer or by separate email in advance of their acceptance. Prospective students can visit the website below of the ten Schemes for more details:


Programme/Scheme Code

Programme/Scheme Titles


BSc (Hons) Scheme in Biotechnology, Food Safety and Chemical Technology


BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion (Fashion Design / Knitwear Design / Contour Fashion and Activewear / Fashion Business / Fashion Innovation and Technology)


BBA (Hons) Scheme in Accounting and Finance (Accountancy / Accounting and Finance / Digital Finance and Investment)


BBA (Hons) Scheme in Aviation, Maritime and Supply Chain Management (Aviation Management and Finance / International Shipping and Transport Logistics / Supplu Chain Management and Analytics)


BBA (Hons) Scheme in Management and Marketing (Management / Marketing)


BSc (Hons) Scheme in Building and Real Estate (Building Engineering and Marketing / Property Management / Surveying)


BEng (Hons) Scheme in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development


BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work / Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship)


BSc (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management (Hotel Management / Smart Tourism and Hospitality / Event and Experience Management)


BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Scheme in Language Sciences, Translation, and Speech Therapy (Linguistics and Translation / Language Sciences and Analytics / Speech Therapy)


BA (Hons) Scheme in Design (Advertising Design / Environmental Design / Information Design / Interaction Design / Interior Design / Media Design / Product Design / Service Design / Social Design)