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 Application dates/deadlines for 2020-2021 academic year 


The application for admission for the 2020-21 RPg intake commences on September 1, 2019 and the application dates are as follows:


  Application Dates
Main Round September 1 - December 2, 2019
1st Clearing Round December 3, 2019 - April 30, 2020
2nd Clearing Round May 1 - August 31, 2020


While applications are accepted from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, candidates who apply early (ie. in the Main Round) have better chances to be selected. In the subsequent rounds, the quota may already be partially or completely filled. Therefore, interested and serious applicants are encouraged to apply early, in the Main Round.


In addition, if you are applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme, the applications to the Hong Kong Research Grants Council must be completed by December 2, 2019 (HKT 12:00 nn or GMT +8 hours). Concurrently, the full Application to RPg studies at HKU must be completed by December 2, 2019, i.e. in the Main Round.


Commencement dates:


MPhil candidates may commence their studies either on September 1, 2020 or January 1, 2021. 

PhD candidates may commence their studies on the first day of any calendar month during the academic year.

Applications should be made at least three months before the intended date of registration, allowing extra time as necessary for visa and other formalities.