Master of Design: Applications now open and admission updates for September 2019 Entry

Master of Design now accepts applications for its September 2019 Entry.  Feel free to download the MDes Brochure.

Admission updates include:

Programmes Offered for 2019 Entry

All programmes within the Master of Design scheme will be offered, including:
Design Practices (1 year full-time)
Design Strategies (1.5 years full-time/ 2 years part-time)
Interaction Design (1 year full-time)
International Design and Business Management (1 year full-time)
Urban Environments Design (1.5 years full-time)

Application Timeline 

Those who intend to apply may wish to know the following dates and deadlines:

  • Applications start: 27 Sep 2018
  • First round review: 14 Dec 2018
  • Invitations to interview sent out: Jan – mid-May 2019
  • Offer letters sent out: 2 weeks after an interview
  • Deadline for all applications: 30 April 2019
  • No late applications will be accepted after 30 Apr 2019.

Applicants applying for full-time programmes – especially those who need an early result – are encouraged to submit their applications by first round review deadline on 14 Dec 2018. 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


A couple of post-entry scholarships# (in value around HK$30,000) may be available for HK students studying in our full-time programmes. These scholarships are normally awarded on academic merit and other selection criteria specified by donors.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw scholarships at anytime. In case of any dispute/ disagreement, PolyU's decision is final.

Entry scholarships
, however, are not available. 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.

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. 

Also read our related blog post: Advice on the Danish Students' Grants and Loans Scheme

When applying these financial resources, you may be asked to present an acceptance letter at an early stage. In this case, you can consider applying by the first round review deadline on 14 Dec 2018 and expect to obtain the University’s Notice of Offer around early February 2019.

Upon request, the programme team can issue admission-related certification documents when admitted applicants apply for their scholarships, company sponsorships, or education loan, after the Notice of Offer is issued by the University’s Academic Secretariat.

Continuing Education Fund (CEF) & Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)

The increase of the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidy ceiling from the current level of $10,000 to $20,000 per applicant will be in effect from 1 April 2019. Some MDes subjects are included in the CEF reimbursable courses list. Eligible students enrolled in these subjects may apply for reimbursement. Please refer to the Continuing Education Fund website for details.

Local residents are also 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.

Adjusted Tuition for Academic Year 2019/20

Tuition per credit is adjusted to HK$4,500 (local students) and HK$5,100 (non-local students). The number of credits required for graduation remains unchanged (36 credits for all MDes specialisms).

See the fees for 2019/20 below:

Programme tuition fee: HK$162,000 (local students) / HK$183,600 (non-local students)
Initial programme fee (the prepayment of tuition upon acceptance of offer): HK$18,000 (4 credits for local students) / HK$51,000 (10 credits for non-local students)

Note to Applicants Holding Other Tertiary Qualifications

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

These applications usually require additional documents and evaluation and approval processes, as a result, longer processing time must be expected.

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: an official letter issued by the national agency for higher education/ education bureau/ ministry certifying the academic qualification's national recognition and equivalence; or evidence supporting the awarding institution's national recognition and result of the qualification assessment conducted by Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Contact the programme team and discuss your case before applying.

Holders of Dependant Visa and IANG Considered as Non-local Students

Holders of dependant visa and IANG are considered as non-locals without needing a student visa.

This summary is prepared for prospective applicants by the MDes programme team. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us by email at or by phone at +852 3400 3400.

Last updated: Oct 25, 2018