Entry Requirements

No applicant who is already a candidate for a research degree at this or another institution will be admitted to the above programmes unless express permission from the RDC is obtained.

English Proficiency Requirements

An applicant shall satisfy the Research Degrees Committee (RDC) requirement that he/she has sufficient command of the language (normally Chinese or English) in which the course of study and research is to be undertaken and in which the thesis is to be presented. All applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)*. The English language proficiency requirements can be waived if the applicant’s previous studies at the Bachelor’s degree or above level, adopted English as the medium of instruction. At the time of admission, the RDC shall stipulate whether the thesis is to be presented in Chinese or English.

* Applicants whose Bachelor’s Degrees or equivalent qualifications did not adopt English as the medium of instruction must satisfy one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

Proficiency test
Minimum requirements
550 (paper-based), or
79 (internet-based) with at least 19 in writing, or
60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections in the paper-delivered test)
Overall band score 6.5, with at least 6.0 in writing

TOEFL and IELTS results are valid for two years from the test date.

The English language proficiency requirements are not applicable to applicants who will work on a Chinese Language education topic, or whose thesis is to be presented in Chinese.

Personal data (privacy) statement

You must provide the University with the personal data required by the application form so that the University may consider your application for admission. If you do not provide the data requested, the University may not be able to process your application. The University will keep such data confidential but may need to transfer it to third parties assisting the University in carrying out the admission exercise. In the event that your application is successful, the personal data will be transferred to your student file established by the University and may also be transferred to third parties for the purposes of student and University administration.

If your application is unsuccessful, the University will destroy your application form and related documents after the admission process is completed.

You have the right to ascertain whether the University holds personal data on you, to obtain a copy of such personal data and to have any inaccuracies corrected. Data access requests should be made by using the Data Access Request Form OPS003, as specified by the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and addressed to the Data Protection Officer, Room A1111, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon.


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