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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 3-year / 4-year PhD Programmes:

The normal duration of the PhD programme depends on the students' educational background. The programme mainly consists of two parts: coursework and thesis. Students will also receive training in teaching and gain research experience through research seminar attendance. After a successful defence of thesis and satisfying all University graduation requirements, the candidates will be awarded the PhD research degree.

Programme Structure

Admissions and Entrance Requirements

3-year PhD Programme 4-year PhD Programme
General Entrance Requirements

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

Normally hold:

  • A Master’s degree; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.
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 2024/25 Admissions

(For exact dates, please refer to PolyU eAdmission)

Research Areas Semester One
(Sep 2024 entry)
Semester Two
(Jan 2025 entry)
Summer Term
(May 2025 entry)
Accounting and Finance Sep 2023 to Dec 2023
Jan 2024 to Sep 2024
May 2024 to Jan 2025
Logistics and Maritime Studies
Management and Marketing

Due to a very limited quota, you are encouraged to apply for Semester One admissions to increase your chances of admission. Semester Two / Summer Term admissions may be administered subject to quota availability.


  • research studentship with a monthly stipend of at least HK$18,470. For details of various Fellowship & Scholarship Schemes, please click here
  • one extra year of PhD studentship for students with outstanding academic performance (subject to the decision of the department)
  • 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$2,000

* 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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