Admission Requirements

  Master of Philosophy
(MPhil)
4-year Doctor of Philosophy
(4-year PhD)
3-year Doctor of Philosophy
(3-year PhD)
Admission
Requirements
Bachelor’s degree with Honours at Second Class Division I or above;
or
Bachelor’s degree with Honours at Second Class Division II and a taught Master’s degree
Bachelor’s degree at First Class Honours preferably with research experience;
or
Bachelor’s degree with Honours at Second Class Division I and a taught Master’s degree
Bachelor’s degree with Honours at Second Class Division I or above and a research Master’s degree (MPhil)
Selection
Criteria
• Applicant’s academic qualifications
• Quality of research proposal
• Research experience/track record/publications
• Comments made by referees

Applicants with qualifications from a university or a comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain:

  • a minimum score of 550 in the paper-based test, 213 in the computer-based test, or 80 in the internet-based test in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
    [Note: Applicants who took the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official score report to the University direct. For this purpose, the TOEFL code of the University is 9671 and please use 99 as department code for sending official score report to the HKU Graduate School. It is a policy of the TOEFL Policy Council to validate scores which are obtained within a two-year period. The University therefore accepts this two-year validity rule in the admission exercise.]
  • a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • grade C or above in the Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or
  • grade C or above in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or
  • grade C or above in the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE).

Since places for postgraduate studies are limited, it may not be possible to offer admission to all qualified applicants.