Which programmes are inviting applications?
The Master of Design (MDes) has five specialisms: Practices, Strategies, Interaction, International Design & Business Management (ID&BM) and Urban Environments. All are inviting applications for September 2018 intake, but their focus and requirements differ somewhat. Please visit our website at http://www.polyudesign.com/mdes for specific information.
When is the application period? What is First Round Review?
PolyU is accepting applications for September 2018 entry from 26 Sep 2017 to 30 Apr 2018. The School will carry out First Round Review starting 12 Dec 2017 and arrange interviews for shortlisted applicants shortly after. Completed applications will be considered and reviewed as they arrive. Admissions will be offered on a rolling basis after First Round Review.
What defines an applicant as a non-local student?
A "non-localâ€ť student is defined as one who requires a student visa to study in Hong Kong. If you are holding a valid work permit, you do not require a student visa to take a part-time programme, but you need to apply for a student visa to take a full-time programme. Alternatively, if you are holding a dependent visa, you will be considered as a local student and will follow the admissions arrangements for local students.
What is to be expected after submitting an application?
Once you submit your application, an application number and a bill number will be generated from eAdmission. Save these for your records and quote these number when requested, for example, settling the application fee or making an enquiry. You can also check the application and fee payment status on eAdmission. When the payment status changes to â€śpaidâ€ť, the Universityâ€™s Academic Secretariat will release your file to MDes programme team. Although the team will notify applicants periodically if any required document is found missing, it is in applicantsâ€™ own interest to ensure their file contains all required documents and an application form with all relevant fields filled out. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly. If you experience trouble submitting your required documents, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting entrance requirement determines whether the application is to be accepted for review. After review, interview invitations will be sent to shortlisted candidates 3 to 5 working days prior the meeting.
What causes delay in reviewing an application?
Incomplete applications or applications with a pending application fee cannot be processed timely. For some cases, a review cannot be made without a satisfactory English test score, and the decision to interview will be delayed.
How much is the application fee and how can it be settled?
The application fee is HK$450 (for non-local students) and HK$300 (for local students) and it is non-refundable. If you are not in Hong Kong, please send a bank draft payable to "The Hong Kong Polytechnic University", or settle the fee by Visa/ MasterCard (worldwide acceptance) or UnionPay (issued by banks in China). Personal cheques and cash are not acceptable. For details, please refer to Finance Office website at: http://goo.gl/Zhvh1d.
How and when will applicants be informed about the interview arrangements?
All admissions must go through the interview process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in person (for local applicants) or over internet video calls (for non-local applicants). Invitations are usually sent 3 to 5 working days prior to the meeting.
When and how will the result be announced?
Admission offers for September 2018 entry will be announced, via eAdmission and by email/ SMS, starting from Jan 2018. You can also check your application status online at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/admission from time to time. Admission offers will be sent no later than mid-June. If there is no news by then, you may assume that your application is not successful.
What is â€śInitial Programme Feeâ€ť?
You can see the Initial Programme Fee as a kind of prepayment of your tuition. At the time of admission, you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of an admission offer by settling a non-refundable Initial Programme Fee (an amount of 4 credits or 10 credits for local and non-local students respectively): Local students: 4 credits x HK$4,000 per credit = HK$16,000 Non-local students: 10 credits x HK$4,400 per credit = HK$44,000 After the add/drop period in the first semester, students will receive a debit note for the remaining fee. The remaining fee is the tuition based on the number of credits enrolled minus the Initial Programme Fee. For example, if you have enrolled 15 credits for the first semester and you had settled the Initial Programme Fee of 10 credits, the remaining fee will be 5 credits.
How and when to apply student visa?
Upon admission, PolyU Academic Secretariat will help you to apply for a student visa. As it may take 6 to 8 weeks for the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to process your student visa application, you are strongly advised to submit it as soon as you have received either a conditional or a firm admission offer from PolyU. For details, please refer to â€śNotes to Self-financed Taught Postgraduate Non-local Studentsâ€ť at: https://goo.gl/NSXYFR.
Is there a maximum number for student intake?
There is a limit to the number of admission places for each programme, early applications are advantaged.