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Entrance requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in spatial design, architecture, landscape design, or urban and rural design or a related discipline is required. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline, e.g. environmental studies, ecology, biology or urban studies, or an interdisciplinary field, e.g. ecological economics, environmental sociology or environmental management and technology, will also be considered. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


A complete application includes
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic/ work)
  • Evidence of academic qualification, i.e. degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) and final official transcript(s)
  • Portfolio (refer to eProspectus for requirements and submission)
  • IELTS/ TOEFL report (click here to view PolyU's English Language Requirement) 



All admissions must go through the interview process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview either in-person or online.



Financial Aid 

  1. Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS), administered by Student Finance Office (SFO) of the HKSAR Government, offers interest-bearing loans to eligible local residents (who have the right of abode in the Hong Kong or have resided or have had their homes in Hong Kong continuously for three complete years prior to the commencement of the programme) to settle tuition fees. For details of the scheme, eligibility and application, please refer to SFO official website.
  2. Govlogo21GreenThis specialism under Master of Design is an eligible programme of the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (2024/25). For 2024/25, MDes Scheme has 21 fellowship places for allocation. Each fellowship subsidises HK$120,000 of the programme tuition. Details are available online on the UGC's website for public information. For information on eligibility, assessment criteria, and application procedure, visit PolyU eProspectus. It is expected that local applicants are informed of their MDes admission and Fellowship application results at the same time.


The School reserves the right to change the terms or withdraw from offering the financial aid. In case of any dispute or disagreement, the School’s decision is final.


Type of VISA (for International Students)

Mainland Chinese and nationals of other countries may apply to this programme as non-locals and will require a student visa to take up this programme.

Holders of dependant visas or a visa under IANG are also considered non-locals but do not require a student visa.

You will be informed by the Academic Registry (AR) of the details of visa applications, immigration regulations, health care, cost of living and other non-academic matters of concern to non-local students if you are offered admission to one of our programmes.

Visa applications are processed and determined by the Immigration Department (IMMD) of the HKSAR Government via PolyU upon admission. The process may take 8 to 10 weeks upon receipt of all the required documents.



Should you require further assistance, feel free to contact us by e-mail at or by phone +852 3400 3440.




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