Entrance Requirements Application

The following information is the admission requirement for MPhil and PhD applicants, for detailed information about the admission, please visit the Graduate School at https://gs.hkbu.edu.hk/prospective-students

Entrance Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree programme should possess;
A a master's degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
B a bachelor's degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
C any other qualification deemed by the Research Committee of the University 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 that they will proceed to the PhD programme after satisfactorily passing assessment at the time of candidature confirmation.
Candidates under paragraph (c) may be required to take a qualifying examination in which event their progress shall be reported to the Research Committee at the end of their first year of study.

Entrance Requirements for Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil degree programme should possess;
A a bachelor's degree with honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
B a qualification deemed to be equivalent, and, if required, shall 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, will also be considered.

Additional Admission Related Issues

Language Requirements
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) 79 (Internet-based Test) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5. 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). The TOEFL institution code of the Hong Kong Baptist University is 9467.

^Students admitted on the basis of CET 6/SET results would be required to take an English proficiency test upon commencement of study to determine whether and which level of remedial English courses are required.

Transfer Students
Under normal circumstances, applicants who are studying for a master's degree at the Baptist University or other institutions, seeking transfer to any master's degree courses at the Baptist University will not be considered.

Double Registration
Unless otherwise approved by the University, candidates admitted are normally not permitted to register part-time or full-time for any other qualification either at the Baptist University itself or at any other local institutions of higher learning. Candidates breaching this regulation are subject to discontinuation of their studies at the University.

Student Visa

The Hong Kong Immigration Department requires all fulltime non-local students (from overseas or the Chinese Mainland) to obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong. Applications should normally be made at least two months in advance. Part-time non-local students should possess appropriate and valid visa to prove their eligibility to stay and study in Hong Kong.

Applicants from the Chinese Mainland should submit their student visa applications through the University. Applicants will be informed of the details once they are given the admission offer.

Applicants from overseas should make their own enquiries about the student visa requirements from a Chinese Embassy in their home territory, or by writing directly to: The Immigration Department, 7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Students who have encountered difficulties in nominating a local visa sponsor may approach the Graduate School for assistance.

Application Deadlines

Please refer to Graduate School

Application Procedures

Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Graduate School or through the Internet at the Graduate School homepage at https://gs.hkbu.edu.hk/admission/research-postgraduate-programmes/application.

Applications should be submitted online via the online application system. Applicants are also required to submit supporting documents along with their application.

  1. Certificate(s) and Transcript(s)
    Degree certificate(s)/graduation diploma(s), and transcript(s), including the institution’s grading system;
  2. English Proficiency test results (e.g. TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic);
  3. Confidential recommendations from the two referees;
  4. Photocopies of the applicant's Hong Kong Identity Card (Non-local applicants please provide photocopies of passport or other identity document of their home country); AND
  5. Non-local applicants applying for part-time postgraduate courses should provide a photocopy of an appropriate and valid visa to prove their eligibility to stay and study in Hong Kong.

Shortlisted applicants will normally be interviewed by academic staff prior to admission approval being granted. A qualifying examination may also be required.

Application Fee -

The non-refundable application fee is HK$450.

Applications can be submitted through on-line application

Further information concerning the Postgraduate Studies Programmes can be obtained from the Graduate School.

Application Periods

Please visit the Graduate School website for the up-to-date application period.