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Our research programmes are designed to prepare students for a career in academic research and teaching. The programmes are broad-based and provide a rigorous foundation on which the students can build an academic career of their choice.

Our research programmes are:

  1. 2+3 Integrated Programme (2-year MPhil followed by a 3-year PhD programme) - Students will first complete an MPhil programme. After successful completion of the MPhil programme, students will transit to the PhD programme. Hence, the MPhil programme is an integrated part of the PhD programme. The 2+3 Integrated Programme enables the students to train for longer, which improves their research knowledge, their research record, and increases their chances of obtaining a better academic position when they graduate.


  2. Direct-entry PhD Programme - Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) awardees and MPhil graduates of FB, PolyU will be admitted to the direct-entry PhD programme. Other students will normally enter the 2+3 Integrated Programme instead, so as to be trained for longer as indicated above.

Programme Structure

Admissions and Entrance Requirements

2+3 Integrated Programme
Direct-entry PhD Programme 
Admission Entry To apply for "MPhil" at eAdmission To apply for "PhD" at eAdmission
General Entrance Requirements At least hold a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognised university.

3-year PhD Programme

Normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university.

4-year PhD Programme

Normally hold:

  • A Master’s degree; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.

*Please note, as indicated above, the 2+3 Integrated Programme enables the students to train for longer, which improves their research knowledge, their research record, and increases their chances of obtaining a better academic position when they graduate. This is why our graduate students enter into this option rather than into the other options in our programmes for graduate study.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. 
English Language Requirements Applicants who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are required to fulfil the University's minimum English language requirements for admission. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for Research Postgraduate Programmes at Study@PolyU for details.
Faculty Entrance Requirement GMAT or GRE results are required. 

Year-round Schedule for 2022/23 Admissions

(For exact dates, please refer to PolyU eAdmission)

Research Areas Semester One
Semester Two
Summer Term
Accounting and Finance Sept 2021 to May 2022
Feb 2022 to Sept 2022
May 2022 to Jan 2023
Logistics and Maritime Studies
Management and Marketing

Due to a very limited quota, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of admission. However, some departments may decide to set their own deadlines to meet their needs.


  • research studentship with a stipend of HK$18,100 per month (subject to revision) for full-time research students based on academic merit (subject to the decision of the department)
  • one extra year of PhD studentship for students with outstanding academic performance
  • tuition scholarships for students with outstanding academic records
  • opportunities to attend international conferences
  • accommodation at the Student Halls of Residence (at students' own expense)
  • access to excellent library, computing and other facilities

Tuition Fee


Annual tuition fee HK$42,100*
(HK$84,200 for non-UGC-funded students who receive no stipend and no external funding support but some funding from the department)
Continuation fee for each semester / term beyond the normal study period HK$7,017
Examination Fee HK$1,500 (for MPhil)
HK$2,000 (for PhD)

* Starting from 2018/19 academic year, the Government provides tuition waiver for all local students enrolled in UGC-funded research postgraduate programmes during the normal study period.


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