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Part I. Before Applying

  • First UGC-funded nursing degree in Hong Kong
  • Offering overseas placements with subsidies and scholarships
  • Providing overseas subject learning experience
  • Training in Chinese medicine nursing
  • First university to establish a nurse-led clinic
  • More further educational opportunities leading to postgraduate awards
  • Curricular design based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) global standards for the initial education of professional nurses and midwives
Please visit our website for details of the programmes on offer, entrance requirements, admissions quotas and other admissions-related information before submitting your application.
For undergraduate programmes, please visit here.
For postgraduate programmes, please visit here.
Different programmes have different application deadlines; please refer to Study@PolyU FHSS_08 for details.

Submit your application online via Study@PolyU FHSS_08. A non-refundable fee will be charged for each application. For details about payment terms, please visit the same website.

You may indicate the date when your results will become available by filling out the "Update Results Date". You are then required to log into your eAdmission account to update your results on or before the date which you have specified. You are only allowed to update your results ONCE.

If you have any questions about using the Online Admission System, please call the Admissions Hotline at 2333 0600 or email as below:

Undergraduate Programmes

Postgraduate Programme

PolyU has always considered multiple attempts without penalty. The best attempt will be taken into consideration during admissions selection. Please refer to Study@PolyU FHSS_08 for details.
Yes, HKALE students can apply for 5-year BSc (Hons) in Nursing (BSN) and the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing (BSMHN) programmes via non-JUPAS admission route.
Interviews are not required for JUPAS admission. However, non-JUPAS applicants may be required to attend admission interviews.
Yes, PolyU provides Entry Scholarships for outstanding admittees and Post-entry Scholarships and Prizes for students. Most scholarship and prize candidates are nominated by the Head of the School, but some scholarships and prizes are open to competition. For more details about the scholarships, please visit here FHSS_08.
The role of a nurse is to understand the dynamic health status of a person, to dialectically verify health concerns, and to devise interventions with the goal of assisting the person to master the appropriate health knowledge and skills for the attainment of optimal wellness in bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects. As health professionals, nurses have four fundamental responsibilities: to promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health, and to alleviate suffering.

Nursing is a caring, client-focused and evidence-based profession. Nurses should be compassionate, innovative and have the competency to deliver quality care, carry out health-related scientific research, and make a significant contribution to the development of nursing professionalism and the well-being of mankind.
The past of nursing is an integral part in shaping our present understanding and our future of this honorable profession. Hong Kong nursing has come a long way since its apprenticeship system of the British model in 1893. The history of Nursing points to a concerted effort in creating occupational cohesion and exclusivity. It has largely concerned with registration, professional status and education. The Hong Kong Nursing Board was established in 1931. Given the introduction of Nurses Registration (Amendment) Ordinance in 1997, it was re-named the Nursing Board as Nursing Council with a greater self regulation and involvement of its own profession. The current Nursing Council of Hong Kong FHSS_08 is hence the statutory body for nurses in Hong Kong.

A significant contextual understanding of changes in the nursing of Hong Kong also dated back in the 1990s with the health care reform, which had redefined the line of responsibilities for nursing under the direction of Hospital Authority, an independent statutory body managing all public hospitals in Hong Kong. Since then, the professional nurse was expected to possess a higher and broader level of competencies. The first full-time Bachelor of Science (honours) programme in Nursing was launched in 1990 at our university. The World Health Organization Global Advisory Group has recommended for countries, when appropriate, to move basic nursing education to university standards. As nursing continues to pursue its professionalization, the recognition of a formal position of nurse specialists during the health care reform in 1990’s has also lent itself to the current nursing role of the Advanced practice nurse in Hong Kong.

Our programmes have been accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong. Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Nursing are eligible for registration with the Council as Registered Nurse (General) upon completion of the programme requirement. On the other hand, graduates of the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing are eligible for registration with the Council as Registered Nurse (Psychiatric).

Hence, there will be different professional recognitions given the career progression for nurses from a practice nurse as an entry registered nurse with a higher diploma or bachelor degree preparation to a specialty nurse with clinical experience, becoming an advanced practice nurse with master degree educational preparations. A new direction in addressing history of nursing is from a more inclusive point of view, an international perspective in recognizing our commonalities beyond the foci of our particular place, assuming an internationalized perspective to better understand the future of nursing. Nurses have endeavored to build a common knowledge base and culture, while there is great diversity in the theory and praxis of nursing. As the world around nursing has changed so too has the profession been challenged to grow and evolve. Common beliefs have raised new perspectives and new conceptions of nursing education and practice. This legacy of knowledge development in nursing will challenge future generations of scholars to continue to extend our body of knowledge in the care of persons and their families, communities, and the environment.
All students are eligible to apply for exchange programmes. In order to ensure that those joining the programme can benefit from the experience, we might need our students to sit an English language proficiency test. Students' GPA will also be another factor for consideration.
  • Generally our graduates are 100% employed. The majority work in the health sector, either under the Hospital Authority or under private organizations, e.g. private hospitals/old age homes.
  • Some students undertake research work.
  • Some students pursue further studies.
  • Some students work overseas after obtaining the proper licence from a foreign country.
  • Graduates from the programme will have employment opportunities in different mental health settings, such as major psychiatric hospitals in Hong Kong, psychiatric units of general hospitals, and various rehabilitation sectors run by non-government organizations.
  • Students may undertake research work.
  • Students may pursue further studies.
  • Students may work overseas.

The Master of Nursing (53081) is a pre-registration nursing programme that prepares Master entry-level Registered Nurses (RNs). The admitted students are Bachelor's degree holders in any discipline. The programme prepares students for registration as RNs with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong, and to acquire the attributes to become future leaders in the profession.


For HKDSE Applicants

For the BSc (Hons) in Nursing (BSN), please visit here.
For the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing (BSMHN), please visit here.
According to The Nursing Council of Hong Kong, all applicants must be fluent in written English and Chinese, as well as in oral English and Cantonese. In addition, applicants must pass a health check before beginning their clinical training.
For HKDSE students, only HKDSE subject attainments are included in the admission scores calculation. Attainments in other public examinations are taken as reference information only.
Single science and combined science subjects covering the same subject area are given the same weighting for admissions scores calculation.
There are no restrictions on application. Before applying, please check that you have taken at least one Category-A elective subject and fulfilled the minimum entrance requirements FHSS_08 for the programme. For more details of subject categories, please visit here FHSS_08.
No. You need to obtain level 2 in at least two Category-A elective subjects in addition to the four core subjects. However, HKDSE Biology and HKDSE Combined Science with Biology component are preferred subjects.
  • The programme structures are different. The BSN programme focuses on general nursing, while the BSMHN programme focuses on psychiatric/mental health nursing.
  • The credit requirements for graduation are different. Students are required to fulfil the 151- and 163-credit graduation requirements for the BSN and BSMHN respectively.
  • Graduates of the BSN programme are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses (General) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong, while graduates of the BSMHN are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses (Psychiatric).

For details about the calculation of admission score, please visit here FHSS_08. For more details about the University General Entrance Requirements, please visit PolyU website FHSS_08.

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Liberal Studies
  • Biology
  • Combined Science with Biology
Preferred subjects, e.g. Biology, and Combined Science with Biology, have the highest subject weighting. The subject weighting will be applied in the calculation of the admission score.
The best grade for a similar subject taken in different years will be taken into consideration during admission selection. PolyU all along considers multiple attempts without penalty.
Yes. Students are allowed to take free elective subjects to broaden their horizons. Students can also opt for the 18-credit minor study option if they obtain a GPA>=2.5.


For Applicants to the Master of Nursing (53081)

Alternatives will be accepted for screening applicants’ public examination attainments. Please visit Guidelines on Non-local Qualifications for reference.

Applicants are required to submit the high school results or Provincial High School Diploma for considerations AND satisfy the English Language Requirement.

Grade E or above in HKALE Use of English (AS) or an overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) would be an acceptable alternative.
You may refer to the following link for more information about our programme and to download the supplementary form AR812.
It is preferable to have one academic referee. You may submit both recommendation forms from related professionals if you have difficulty in finding academic referees.


For Non-local Applicants

You are eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Nursing (53070) programme, but completion of this programme does not qualify you as a Registered Nurse (General) in Hong Kong. You need to take the licensing examination offered by The Nursing Council of Hong Kong FHSS_08. Please approach The Nursing Council of Hong Kong for details of application and licensing examination.

You are also eligible to apply for a full-time Master of Nursing programme (53081). For programme details, please refer to Study@PolyU FHSS_08.
The latest English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes can be obtained from Study@PolyU FHSS_08. For the English language requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Disaster Management (Resilience, Response and Relief) programme, please visit here.
For admission to pre-registration programmes leading to licensing as a Registered Nurse in Hong Kong at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, applicants are required to be fluent in written English and Chinese, and in oral English and Cantonese. Please refer to individual programmes for detailed Chinese language requirements.

Part II. After Applying

You are not allowed to submit further documents after submitting your application, except in the case of documents that are not yet available at the time you submit your application. You should scan the documents and log into your eAdmission account to upload them.

Uploaded documents should:

  • be black and white
  • be A4 size
  • not exceed 1 MB per file nor 3 MB in total
  • only include files with pdf, doc, xls, jpg, bmp, tif, gif, or png extensions
  • be low quality high compression files
For programmes for which interviews are required, applicants will be notified by email if shortlisted for an interview/test. If you are given an offer or a conditional offer, you will be informed via email/SMS normally by the end of July. You may also log into your eAdmission account from time to time to check the progress of your application.

If there is no news by early September (for September entry) or mid-January (for January entry), you can assume that your application has been unsuccessful.
You should submit an application for credit transfer upon your initial enrolment on the programme or before the end of the add/drop period of the first semester of your first year of study. You can submit the application for credit transfer with the necessary documents via eStudent FHSS_08. Please read the notes to student on the web page of application for more details.