Application Requirements

To qualify for the HKPFS, applicants must meet the admission requirements of HKUST PhD programs which are set out below:
  • Obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years;
  • Fulfilled/ Will fulfill the English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

    Proficiency Test  Minimum Scores*
    TOEFL-iBT 80
    TOEFL-pBT 550
    TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission) 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
    IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.0 and
    All sub-scores: 5.5
    • You don’t need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if your first language is English, or your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English.
  • Satisfied the program-specific admission requirements, if any.

For more details on HKUST admission requirements, please visit here.

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