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 requirements, programme list, programme information, the syllabus for each programme, application procedures, supporting documents, etc.

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

Please note that we only have one intake (Fall) each year. However, you may check with the Faculty of your programme(s) of interest for updates.


You can apply for our taught postgraduate programmes via the online application system by clicking the  "Full Time / Part Time" apply 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 announced the latest programme details which will 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 have received an offer from other programmes.

You do not need to have graduated from your bachelor's degree program at the time of the application, but 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 the other programme of study before confirming an offer. A breach of this regulation may result in discontinuation of studies at HKU.

According to the definition by the HKSAR Government adopted for education-related areas in the post-secondary education context, non-local students are students holding:

- student visa / entry permit to study in Hong Kong
- 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; and
- 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 as a local student if you are none of the above.

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 see if higher English competency is required for certain programmes.

Fee, Payment and Refund

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

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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.

Application fee once submitted is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Deposit is non-refundable unless you do not meet the conditions that we specify 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.
If you forget your username, you can simply register for a new one or send us an email for assistance.

This email is to remind you 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. You can 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". 

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 is expired, or the file size is too large, you can contact the relevant programme office for advice. 

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".

A certified true copy is a copy of a primary document that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the primary document. It should bear the seals 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.

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 us an email and provide your full name, birth date, ID/passport number, registered email and application number for our verification.

You cannot make any changes in the application form after submission, please email the updated or additional information to 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 on your application status or result.

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

Scholarship and Housing

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

Residential places on campus for postgraduate students are limited and in great demand. For eligibility of University housing, please visit the CEDARS website for details and online application.