Programme and Study

Please note that application information for admission to most taught postgraduate programmes will usually be available from October/November onwards every year.

Please visit our website for information about entrance requirement, programme list, programme information, syllabus for each programme, application procedure, supporting document etc.

Please contact the Graduate School for inquiries about Research Postgraduate Programmes.


You can apply for our taught postgraduate programmes via the online application system by clicking the "Full Time / Part Time" button in our programme list. If you cannot click the button, that means application is not open yet. Please wait until the Department/Faculty concerned announces the latest programme details, which are usually be available from October/November onwards.

Yes, it is possible for you to apply to multiple programmes at HKU. You can apply under different usernames on the application system and pay the application fee (HK$300) for each programme that you wish to apply to.

You can only enrol in one programme, even if you receive offers from other programmes.

You do not need to have graduated from your bachelor's degree programme at the time of application. However, you must obtain a bachelor's degree on or before August 31 of your admission year.

Applicants are required to provide proof of withdrawal from any other programme of study before confirming an offer. A breach of this regulation may result in discontinuation of studies at HKU.

According to the HKSAR Government's for education-related areas in the post-secondary education context, non-local students are those holding:

- A student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong
- A dependent visa / entry permit and were aged 18 years old or above when they were first issued with such documents by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR;
- A visa / entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG), issued by the Director of Immigration of the Hong Kong Immigration Department

You are considered a local student if you are none of the above.

An application account is only valid for 4 weeks, or up until the application deadline, whichever is earlier. You cannot log into your application account after this period.

For any assistance or inquiries regarding the completion of the online application form, please contact the programme office.

English Language Requirement

You are not required to take the English proficiency test if you obtained a master's/bachelor's degree from an institution where the medium of instruction was English. Please check with the relevant Faculty to determine if higher English competency is required for certain programmes.

Fee, Payment & Refund

The application fee cannot be waived. However, you may wish to check with the programme office for scholarships which cover the application fee.

If you encounter problems with the online payment, please try the following:

  1. Use browsers such as, Internet Explorer (IE) or Edge instead of Chrome or Safari and clear all the temporary files and cookies before submitting the payment.
  2. Ensure not to open different browsers and/or log in to different application accounts at the same time
  3. Contact the credit card issuing bank to check if you need to obtain authorization from the bank before making an online transaction
  4. Attempt to use another credit card

Upon successful payment of the application fee and submission of an application, the applicant will receive an application number and an email notification within 48 hours.

If the application fees have been deducted but the system indicates that the application was not submitted successfully, there are a few steps you can take to resolve the issue. First, please note that an application number will only be generated if the application is submitted successfully, and the payment will be deducted based on that application number.

To resolve the issue, please follow these steps:
1. Re-login to the system and try submitting the payment again. Continue doing so until you receive an application number from the system.
2. Before submitting the payment, it is advisable to remove all temporary files and cookies from your browser.
3. Ensure that you do not open different browsers or log in to different application accounts (if you have any) simultaneously.

Please keep in mind that we can only charge once per application number. The funds for both successful and unsuccessful attempts at application fee payments are held by the card-issuing bank, not the University. The bank will release the balance held for the unsuccessful payment attempt(s) at a later time, but the duration of these holds depends on the policy of the card-issuing bank.

The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable once submitted.

Deposit is non-refundable unless you do not meet the conditions specified in the offer of acceptance. For details, please contact the relevant programme office.

After Applying

If you forget your password, click “Forget password” on the login page and reset your password.
If you forget your username, you can simply register for a new one.

This email serves as a reminder that you have created an account for online application without submission. You can let the application account expire if you no longer wish to submit another application.

You will be able to upload supporting documents after successful submission of your application. Log into our online application system and go to the upload page. Please note that the documents uploaded should be in jpeg format, and that they cannot be deleted or replaced.

Some programmes may provide different ways to submit supporting documents, please refer to "Supporting Documents" of relevant programmes under the “Apply” page.

Please note that you can only upload your supporting documents before the application deadline or within four weeks of your account creation. If the uploading period has expired, or the file size is too large, you can contact the relevant programme office for advice.

You can email the updated referee information to respective programme office.

For most programmes, posting documents is not required at the application stage. Should an applicant be considered for admission, he/she will receive an email notification from the programme office to submit the original/certified true copy of documents. For details, please refer to the "Supporting Documents" of relevant programmes under the “Apply” page.

A certified true copy is a copy of a primary document that has been endorsed or certified by an authorised party, stating that it is a true and accurate representation of the primary document. It should include the seal or stamp of the authorised party, and be signed by an appropriate official. The name, status or position of the person certifying the copies must be clearly stated in English.

An authorised party includes the transcript and graduation certificate issuing authority/department of your institution (e.g. the Registry), a lawyer, a notary public, a Consulate General etc. However, a certified accountant is not an authorised party.

In Hong Kong, a copy of document that has been duly declared as a true copy of the original document by the applicant before a Commissioner for Oaths at a Home Affairs Enquiry Centres in Hong Kong is also acceptable. You may find a declaration sample here. For details of declaration, please refers to the website of the Home Affairs Department.

The application form once submitted is non-transferrable.

You cannot make any changes in the application form after submission. If you need to make changes to your personal information, please send an email to the relevant programme office and provide your application number and ID/passport number for verification.

You cannot make any changes in the application form after submission. To update or add additional information, please email relevant programme office directly.

Not all programmes require an interview or test, please consult the relevant programme office for details.

Please consult the relevant programme office to check your application status or result.

Please note that the processing time for student visa applications is approximately 10-12 weeks. For details, please visit our website.

Scholarship and Housing

For information on scholarship opportunities, you may contact the scholarship office and programme office for advice.

Residential places on campus for postgraduate students are limited and in high demand. To learn more about eligibility for University housing, please visit the CEDARS website for details and to access the online application.