Master of Design: Applications now open and admission updates for September 2018 Entry

PolyU Master of Design is accepting applications for 2018 Entry from 26 Sep 2017. Admission updates include:

Advanced Application Period

The start of application period is advanced for two months compared with previous years, triggering admission process followed to begin earlier. Those who intend to apply may wish to know the following dates and deadlines:

  • Applications start: 26 Sep 2017
  • First round review (for full-time programmes): 12 Dec 2017
  • Invitations to interview sent out: Jan – mid-May 2018
  • Offer letters sent out: 2 weeks after an interview
  • Deadline for all applications: 30 April 2018
  • No late applications will be accepted after 30 Apr 2018.

Applicants for full-time programmes are encouraged to submit their applications before first round review on 12 Dec 2017. The MDes programme team will arrange interviews for shortlisted applicants shortly after. From this date onwards, we will consider completed applications as they arrive and offer admissions on a rolling basis.

There is a limit to the number of admission places for each programme; early applications are advantaged.

Financial Assistance: Entry Scholarships No Longer Available

For Non-locals

Master of Design programmes, like the majority of taught postgraduate programmes in Hong Kong, are offered on a self-financed basis and the HK SAR government does not provide financial aid to self-funded foreign (non-local) students.

Non-local students, may instead, seek financial resources from their home country's education bureau or non-profit organisations that support aspiring individuals to study internationally.

Upon request, the MDes programme team can issue admission-related certification documents when admitted applicants apply for their scholarships or education loan.

For Locals

Arrangements for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) and Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) remain unchanged.

Some subjects in MDes scheme are included in the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses for local residents. Eligible students enrolled in the listed subjects may apply for the reimbursement. Please refer to the Continuing Education Fund website.

Local residents are eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government's Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). The Scheme offers interest-bearing loans to eligible students for covering tuition fees. For details of the scheme, please refer to the Government's website.

Previous entry scholarships (scholarships offered by full-time specialisms and Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools) are no longer available.

Tuition Unchanged for Academic Year 2018/19

Tuition fees are calculated based on the number of credits required for graduation (36 credits for all MDes specialisms). Tuition per credit is HK$4,000 (local) / HK$4,400 (non-local) and the programme tuition fee is HK$144,000 (local) / HK$158,400 (non-local).

Tuition fee for 2019/20 will be revised, subject to approval.

Note to Applicants Holding Other Tertiary Qualifications

Some specialisms consider applications from those who hold other tertiary qualifications (i.e. qualifications other than a Bachelor's degree) complemented by substantial, relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications considered on a case-by-case basis usually require additional documents for evaluation and approval process, a longer process time must be expected as a result.

Additional documents may include, but are not limited to:

  • For both local and non-local academic credentials: IELTS/ TOEFL test report;
  • For local academic credentials: proof of course registration under Education Bureau’s Qualification Framework;
  • For non-local academic credentials: evidence supporting the national recognition of the awarding institution of the academic qualification, and qualification assessment by Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Contact the MDes programme team and discuss your case before applying.

These are some of the useful tips condensed for you by MDes programme team. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us by email at or by phone at +852 3400 3400.