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Admission Requirements for MPhil and PhD
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree programme should possess:
a master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
a bachelor’s degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose.
Candidates under paragraph (b) should have evidence of research achievement/experience. They may be admitted to the MPhil programme initially, but with a view to proceeding to the PhD programme after satisfactorily passing an assessment at the time of candidature confirmation.
Candidates under paragraph (c) may be required to take a qualifying examination. Their progress shall be reported to the Graduate School at the end of their first year of study.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil degree programme should possess:
a bachelor’s degree with honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.
Normally, only first and second class honours graduates will be considered to have met the admissions criterion under paragraph (a). Graduates with third class honours degrees, with a period of relevant work experience and satisfactory results in the qualifying examination, may also be considered.
An applicant seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 550 (PBT)/79(IBT)* or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5
(* PBT: Paper-based Test; IBT: Internet-based Test)
** For Faculty of Science and School of Chinese Medicine, consideration will also be made for applicants with a minimum overall score in the College English Test (CET) Band 6 at 500 and grade B in the CET-SET (Speaking English Test)
(For research postgraduate applicants interested to apply to the School of Communication, please refer to the guideline
for further details.)