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Q1: What is the difference between the DDes & PhD programmes? 

A1: The DDes programme is designed for professionals in industry or academia who want to advance their work in their respective design fields. In contrast, the PhD programme is primarily to prepare students for an academic career in the field of design. The DDes programme enables industry professionals to generate knowledge within their professional settings and approach challenges in a scholarly manner. It is suitable for individuals with extensive experience who seek a doctoral degree for career advancement.


Q2: Do I need to submit a research proposal when applying to the DDes programme? 

A2: No. It is not necessary to submit a research proposal as part of the application process for the DDes programme. However, applicants are required to submit a personal statement that introduces themselves, outlines their career aspirations, and explains their motivations for pursuing studies in the DDes programme


Q3: Do I need to have work experience for applying to the DDes programme? 

A3: Yes. Having work experience is a mandatory requirement for admission to the DDes programme. The DDes programme highly values practical experience, including industrial, teaching, or research experience, due to its focus on practiced- based research


Q4: Are there any financial assistance or scholarships available to DDes students? 

A4: No. The DDes programme does not currently offer specific funding opportunities or scholarships for students.


Q5: What is the normal study period of the DDes programme? 

A5: The normal study period for the DDes programme is 3 years for full-time students and 5 years for part-time students. 


Q6: What are the graduation requirements for the DDes programme? 

A6: The graduation requirement for the DDes programme is 51 credits. Students are required to complete 9 core subjects, 3 thesis subjects and 2 elective subjects, with the completion of an oral examination focusing on the thesis. 


Q7: What are the expectations for the DDes graduates? 

A7: The DDes programme aims to generate designer-researchers who are capable of conducting practiced-based research in the field of design and have a good understanding of how to extend their professional practices. We expect DDes students to generate and share knowledge with others throughout the programme. 


Q8: What are the selection criteria for the DDes programme? 

A8: We evaluate the comprehensive profile of each applicant, including their professional experiences, academic qualifications, and their intention to pursue doctoral studies. 


Q9: Do I need to be interviewed for admission? 

A9: Yes, as part of the admission process for the DDes programme, shortlisted applicants are required to participate in a face-to-face interview. 


Q10: How can I check the status and result of the application? 

A10: Applicants can log in to the PolyU eAdmission System, which allows you to track the progress of your application. The system provides updates on whether your application is under review, in progress, or if a decision has been made. For specific questions, please email


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