Admissions

If you are a Secondary 6 student in a local school, or if you are currently not a student in any secondary school but wish to apply for admission on the strength of your Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results, you should apply through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS).

Please refer to the JUPAS Guide for details. Other candidates should contact the Admissions and Academic Liaison Section of the Registry of the University for the necessary information concerning admission and submit application on-line at the following website: www.aal.hku.hk.

For enquiry, please contact the Registry by email (admissions@hku.hk) or by writing to:

Admissions and Academic Liaison Section Admissions Office

The Registry
MG14, Ground Floor, Main Building
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Phone: (852) 3917-5886
Fax: (852) 3585-0883

Website: www.aal.hku.hk

Admission Requirements for JUPAS Candidates

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Selection for admission is primarily based on academic merits at the HKDSE (or equivalent), but other factors will also be considered, e.g. performance in interviews and principal’s nomination. In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

SubjectLevel of Performance
English4
Chinese3
Mathematics2
Liberal Studies2

b) attain at least Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be:

i) Chemistry or
ii) Combined Science with Chemistry as one of the components


The best 6 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Bachelor of Nursing

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

SubjectLevel of Performance
English3
Chinese3
Mathematics2
Liberal Studies2

b) attain at least Level 3 in two electives


The best 5 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

SubjectLevel of Performance
English4
Chinese3
Mathematics2
Liberal Studies2

b) attain at least Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be:

i) Chemistry or
ii) Combined Science with Chemistry as one of the components


The best 6 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Bachelor of Chinese Medicine

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

SubjectLevel of Performance
English3
Chinese3
Mathematics2
Liberal Studies2

b) attain at least Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be the following

i) Biology or
ii) Chemistry or
iii) Physics or
iv) Combined Science or
v) Integrated Science


The best 5 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

SubjectLevel of Performance
English3
Chinese3
Mathematics2
Liberal Studies2

b) attain at least Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be:

i) Biology or
ii) Chemistry or
iii) Combined Science with Biology as one of the components or
iv) Combined Science with Chemistry as one of the components


The best 6 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development

In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

a) achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:

SubjectLevel of Performance
English*5
Chinese3
Mathematics2
Liberal Studies2

b) attain at least Level 3 in any two electives

* Candidates with Level 4 in English Language and good results in other HKDSE subjects will be exceptionally considered on a case-by-casebasis.


The best 5 subjects of HKDSE will be taken into consideration for admission.

Admission Requirements for Non-JUPAS Candidates

If you are a local candidate who is applying for admission on the strength of qualifications other than the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), you should apply through the Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme. “Local candidate” means that you DO NOT require a student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong. For example, you may be studying:


- overseas;

- at an international school or at a local school in Hong Kong but you are taking a non-local (e.g. International Baccalaureate Diploma or GCE A-level) examination either through your school or as a private candidate. According to an agreement reached between ALL Hong Kong universities and the government, if you are a local school applicant, you must have completed at least six years of secondary education when you enter the university;

- on a sub-degree (i.e. Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) programme at a Community College of a UGC-funded institution or at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (HKIVE);

- a full-time bachelor’s degree programme in a local tertiary institution funded by the UGC. Please note however that following UGC’s guidelines, inter-institutional transfer, irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline, is generally discouraged, unless there are exceptional circumstances and the following conditions are met:

  • - you have successfully completed one year of study on a bachelor’s degree programme with excellent academic results; and
  • - your application for inter-institutional transfer has been specially approved by the University on the basis of over-enrolment.


If you are a non-local candidate, you should also apply through the Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme.The Faculty accepts applications from eligible non-local students. Competition for places is keen among local students, so non-local candidates must be exceptionally well qualified to gain admission.

All applicants for the MBBS, BNurs, BChinMed, and BPharm programmes, both local and non-local, are required to have a good working knowledge of English and Cantonese.

Non-JUPAS candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of individual merits as shown by their academic record and other non-academic achievements for interview. The interviews are designed to assess your suitability for the programmes, including your motivation, attitude, leadership and general social awareness. Interviews will usually be conducted during the Christmas and Easter Holidays and/or in June/July/August. After the interview, offers of admission will be made to candidates who have already satisfied the entrance requirements. Based on the interview performance and the academic results available, conditional offers may also be extended to some non-JUPAS candidates who have entered for an examination or examinations with a view to satisfying the entrance requirements by August. The offers are conditional upon their obtaining of the necessary examination results for submission to the University.