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Graduate School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, HK, Hung Hom Hong Kong SAR

About Graduate School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Graduate School  

The Graduate School (GS) plays a pivotal role in managing and developing research postgraduate (RPg) and undergraduate (Ug) research education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Since its establishment in 2020, GS has expanded to become the fastest-growing graduate school in Hong Kong in the 2022/23 academic year. 

With a rich history spanning over 80 years, PolyU has been consistently ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide. The University prides itself on its innovative approach to achieving scholarly success. 

RPg Education 

1. Diverse PhD and MPhil Programmes  

Across six faculties and three schools, PolyU offers a wide range of PhD and MPhil programmes in different disciplines, including Business, Construction and Environment, Engineering, Health and Social Sciences, Humanities, Science, Design, Fashion and Textiles, and Hotel and Tourism management. Our niche research areas span a broad spectrum, covering deep space exploration, AI and robotics, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, carbon neutrality, healthcare and food security. 

2. Holistic Research Education 

Beyond discipline-specific coursework, PolyU’s research education is designed to equip students with fundamental academic knowledge and all-round transferable skills essential for their personal growth and future career success. Throughout their study journey, students have access to various global learning opportunities and extensive networking platforms, enabling them to expand their horizons and build valuable connections within and beyond academia.   

3. Exceptional Supervision 

PolyU is home to many world-renowned scholars from diverse disciplines who can provide expert research guidance. They have secured prestigious funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong and international bodies. Their innovative inventions have also won accolades at global exhibitions. In 2023, over 200 PolyU scholars were ranked among the top 2% most-cited scientists by Stanford University. Furthermore, 15 PolyU academics were recognised in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2023 by Clarivate Analytics.  

4. Robust Research Environment 

The thriving research ecosystem at PolyU is a driver of academic excellence and innovation. A network of local and national research resources and facilities has been established, creating an environment that can foster interdisciplinary and translational research.  

Complementing this environment is a vibrant student community with diverse talents. Currently, GS nurtures more than 3,000 RPg students of 38 nationalities, with non-local students comprising 90% of the total population. Our RPg alumni network also exceeds 6,000 members. Students benefit from this close-knit community of research students and alumni throughout their academic journey.  

5. Vibrant Campus Surroundings  

Situated in the heart of Hong Kong, PolyU offers a vibrant environment that caters to the diverse needs of our students. It is a nexus of convenient living, connected transportation, vivid attractions, and broad artistic and cultural offerings. The lively and scenic campus surroundings provide a unique complement to academic life. 

About Graduate School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Graduate School  

The Graduate School (GS) plays a pivotal role in managing and developing research postgraduate (RPg) and undergraduate (Ug) research education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Since its establishment in 2020, GS has expanded to become the fastest-growing graduate school in Hong Kong in the 2022/23 academic year. 

With a rich history spanning over 80 years, PolyU has been consistently ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide. The University prides itself on its innovative approach to achieving scholarly success. 

RPg Education 

1. Diverse PhD and MPhil Programmes  

Across six faculties and three schools, PolyU offers a wide range of PhD and MPhil programmes in different disciplines, including Business, Construction and Environment, Engineering, Health and Social Sciences, Humanities, Science, Design, Fashion and Textiles, and Hotel and Tourism management. Our niche research areas span a broad spectrum, covering deep space exploration, AI and robotics, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, carbon neutrality, healthcare and food security. 

2. Holistic Research Education 

Beyond discipline-specific coursework, PolyU’s research education is designed to equip students with fundamental academic knowledge and all-round transferable skills essential for their personal growth and future career success. Throughout their study journey, students have access to various global learning opportunities and extensive networking platforms, enabling them to expand their horizons and build valuable connections within and beyond academia.   

3. Exceptional Supervision 

PolyU is home to many world-renowned scholars from diverse disciplines who can provide expert research guidance. They have secured prestigious funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong and international bodies. Their innovative inventions have also won accolades at global exhibitions. In 2023, over 200 PolyU scholars were ranked among the top 2% most-cited scientists by Stanford University. Furthermore, 15 PolyU academics were recognised in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2023 by Clarivate Analytics.  

4. Robust Research Environment 

The thriving research ecosystem at PolyU is a driver of academic excellence and innovation. A network of local and national research resources and facilities has been established, creating an environment that can foster interdisciplinary and translational research.  

Complementing this environment is a vibrant student community with diverse talents. Currently, GS nurtures more than 3,000 RPg students of 38 nationalities, with non-local students comprising 90% of the total population. Our RPg alumni network also exceeds 6,000 members. Students benefit from this close-knit community of research students and alumni throughout their academic journey.  

5. Vibrant Campus Surroundings  

Situated in the heart of Hong Kong, PolyU offers a vibrant environment that caters to the diverse needs of our students. It is a nexus of convenient living, connected transportation, vivid attractions, and broad artistic and cultural offerings. The lively and scenic campus surroundings provide a unique complement to academic life. 

University information

Year-round Admission   PolyU accepts applications for RPg programmes throughout the year with three entry points:   

September 2024 Entry  Application Period: 1 September 2023 to 31 May 2024 
January 2025 Entry  Application Period: 1 January 2024 to 30 September 2024 
 May 2025 Entry   Application Period: 1 May 2024 to 31 January 2025 
Application Procedures  Step 1: Register for an account early at eAdmission with your personal details and background  Step 2: Explore PolyU’s RPg programmes   Step 3: Prepare documents carefully and submit application on time  Please refer to the detailed steps outlined here


At PolyU, there are an extensive coverage of cutting-edge research facilities, including eight national labs, two Greater Bay Area joint labs, 18 interdisciplinary institutes, three InnoHK centres, 24 university research centres and seven facilities, with 25 faculty-level centres.

Student life

Throughout the enriching academic journey, our students benefit from diverse enrichment activities and wide networks of research students and alumni connections. Key offerings include a flagship research conference, skills workshops, distinguished seminars, student gatherings and alumni sharing.

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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 Attractive PhD Scholarships 

PolyU offers full-time PhD students various admission scholarships, enabling students to focus on their research studies without financial concerns. 

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)  

Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong SAR Government, the HKPFS provides generous funding to students pursuing PhD studies in Hong Kong. On average, 80% of applicants nominated through PolyU are successfully awarded the HKPFS. PolyU offers one of the highest HKPFS packages in Hong Kong through top-up funding to attract globally talented PhD students. Learn more about the HKPFS here.  


PolyU Distinctive Scholarships  PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship Scheme (PPPFS)   PolyU Sports Scholarship Scheme (PSSS)  

International PhD Fellowship Scheme (IPFS)- Details will be announced  
PolyU Research Postgraduate Scholarship (PRPgS)  Learn more about PolyU’s fellowship and scholarship schemes here.

Tuition Fees: Types Tuition Fee Amount MPhil/PhD Full-time students (without stipend) - 84,200 / annum MPhil/PhD Full-time students (with stipend) - 42,100 / annum  MPhil/PhD Part-time students - 42,100 / annum

Please refer to more details outlined hereDisclaimer: The information presented on these pages is subject to change by the Graduate School of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. For the latest updates, please refer to the official designated web pages found at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/gs/.


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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers a wide range of PhD degrees, ranging from three to eight years of studies given the applicant’s academic qualification(s) and study mode. There are six faculties and three schools, covering business, construction and environment, engineering, health and social sciences, humanities, science, design, fashion and textiles, and hotel and tourism management. The medium of teaching language is English. PolyU invites high-quality candidates with strong research capabilities, diverse cultural perspectives, innovative leadership skills and research passion to apply and unleash their full potential for impactful research. Year-round applications open every January, May and September, with attractive and prestigious admission scholarships.
There are two teaching semesters, each lasting for 13 weeks (about 3 months), and a 7-week summer term. The teaching of Semester One starts in late August or early September.  The teaching of Semester Two commences in mid-January and that of Summer Term runs from May to July.  
Research students should continue to follow the PolyU's academic calendar with regard to learning and teaching activities including the program start date, subject registration, timetabling, add/drop period, etc. 
Non-refundable and non-transferrable Fee for each application is HK$300.   The tuition fee for full-time MPhil/ PhD studies is HK$84,200 per annum (without a stipend) and HK$42,100 per annum (with a stipend).   The tuition fee for part-time MPhil/ PhD studies is HK$42,100 per annum. 
Upon acceptance of an admission offer to the PhD/MPhil programme, candidates are required to pay a registration fee of HK$5,000. This registration fee will be credited to your tuition fee, which will be payable upon your admission to the University. 
PolyU provides full-time PhD students with a range of admission scholarships during the normal study period, enabling them to pursue their research interests and achieve impactful goals. Attractive admission scholarships include the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship Scheme (PPPFS), and the PolyU Research Postgraduate Scholarship (PRPgS). Successful HKPFS nominees will automatically receive an early admission offer with guaranteed PolyU scholarships (mutually exclusive).  
Also, the distinctive PolyU Sports Scholarship Scheme for RPg Students (PSSS) and the International PhD Fellowship Scheme (IPFS) reflect the well-rounded nature of our RPg education. 
Step 1: Register for an account early at eAdmission with your personal details and background  Step 2: Explore PolyU’s RPg programmes   Step 3: Prepare documents carefully and submit application on time  Please refer to the detailed steps outlined here.
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