Application Procedures

The application process starts every September. Please observe the application procedures and submit your application as early as possible.

1. Online Application

Apply via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) website, select CUHK as 1st choice and obtain application number. Quote the HKPFS application number, apply online via CUHK website, and pay the application fee. For regular applications not applying through HKPFS, please apply online via CUHK website only and pay the application fee.

2. Send Material

Soft copy materials:
Application materials should be uploaded to the Online Application System for Postgraduate Programmes on or before the deadlines. Please do not send materials via email.

Hard copy materials:
If a hard copy is required, it should reach the following address on or before the deadlines:

Office of Research and MPhil-PhD Programmes
Room 1503, 15/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, N. T., Hong Kong

3. Add referees

Insert referees’ contact information on the Online Application System for Postgraduate Programmes for sending an invitation.

4. Check status

Application status can be checked on the Online Application System for Admission to Postgraduate Programmes. For checking the receipt of supporting documents, please email and quote the application number.

Application Deadlines for 2019 Admission

1 November 2018
First round

1 December 2018
Second round and application through the HKPFS

11 January 2019
Third round; while quota lasts

Admission Requirements

General Admissions Requirements

The Applicant shall have:

  • A master’s degree from a recognised university; or
  • Graduated from a recognised university and obtained a bachelor’s degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • Graduated from an honours programme of a recognised university with a bachelor’s degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than “B”; or
  • Completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

What to Submit
An official copy of transcript with grading scheme directly sent by the university concerned (envelope should be sealed with university stamp); and

A copy of graduation certificate and/or degree certificate; and


A copy of the Online Verification Report (中國高等教育學歷認證報告/教育部學歷證書電子註冊備案表/教育部學籍線上驗證報告) issued by the CHESICC (學信網) (for applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China).


English Language Requirements

To fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

  • Obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong* or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or
  • Achieved scores in the following English Language tests as indicated (HKPFS only accepts score report of TOEFL or IELTS (Academic)):
    – TOEFL#: 550 (Paper-based) / 79 (Internet-based);
    – IELTS# (Academic): 6.5;
    – GMAT^ (Verbal): Band 21; or
  • Obtained a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
    – Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (AS Level);
    – Hong Kong Higher Level Examination;
    – CUHK Matriculation Examination;
    – General Certificate of Education Examination (GCE) Advanced Level (A-Level)/Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-Level); or
  • Achieved Level 4 or above in the English Language subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination; or
  • Obtained a recognised professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

What to Submit
An official copy of TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT score report (if applicable) directly sent by the ETS (institution code: B022), the British Council, or the GMAC (institution code: R9H-0W-04); or

An official copy of transcript with grading scheme, for the degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English, directly sent by the university concerned; or


 A copy of a certifying letter issued by the Registry of the university confirming the medium of instruction of your degree programme was English.


  • I have sent my GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score report to you, did you receive it?

    Please make sure you provide the correct institution code/address when making the request with the organisation concerned. You may refer to the Admission Requirements for the institution codes and address. A wrong institution code/address may result in documents going missing or not being delivered. If this happens, please send another copy to us on or before the deadline. If the institution code/address is correct, please send an email to, stating your application number to check if we have received your report.

Other Requirements/ Materials

The applicants should:

  • Have taken the GMAT^ or GRE^ test;
  • Provide recommendation/reference from two referees; and
  • Be committed to research and/or tertiary education.

What to Submit

An official copy of score report directly sent by the GMAC (institution code: R9H-0W-04) or the ETS (institution code: 7488)


Online recommendation forms Confidential recommendation forms A preliminary research proposal
  • to indicate the applicants’ general area of research interest, any specific research topics of interest to the applicant and the language that they will use to write the thesis;
A statement of purpose
  • to state the applicants’ objective in pursuing the programme of study, their career aspirations, and any other reasons for their application;
A copy of previous written work, such as a thesis, research project report or published article (if any)
  • to demonstrate applicants’ research potential and capability; and
A copy of HKID card or other identity documents as given in the application form.



Important Notes

  • An admission interview may be required.
  • Please quote your application number and applied programme on the materials.
  • To send a TOEFL/GMAT/GRE score report, only an institution code is required.
  • Wrong addresses and missing or invalid documents may cause a delay in the admission process. Late submissions would not be entertained. Only completed applications with all required materials submitted will be processed.

* This is based on the understanding that English is the medium of instruction of degree programmes offered by universities in Hong Kong. Moreover, graduates from universities in Hong Kong should have fulfilled the English language requirements of the institution concerned when they were admitted to the degree programmes. The CUHK Graduate School may request applicants to provide additional supporting documents to prove their English proficiency.

# TOEFL and IELTS results are considered valid for two years from the test date.

^ GMAT and GRE results are considered valid for five years from the test date. GMAT result is not accepted for proof of English Language proficiency for HKPFS applicants.

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