Eligibility for admission to the programme is generally limited to students holding a Master of Architecture degree, or a Bachelor of Architecture degree with 1st class honours or 2nd upper class division and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the field of architecture. However, students who hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in another field may also be considered for admission.

Applicants from institutions outside Hong Kong where the language of instruction and examination is not entirely in English are required to fulfil the English Language Proficiency Requirement stipulated by the Graduate School.

The criteria of selection includes the strength and potential of the research proposal, previous research & analytical writing experience, academic excellence/training and letters of recommendation.

From 2018/19 academic year, all local students enrolled in UGC-funded RPg programmes will be provided with tuition waiver by the Government.

Admission procedure

  1. Identify potential supervisor(s)
  2. Contact the potential supervisor(s) to discuss your proposed research proposal
  3. Submit online application at:
  1. Submit the following supporting documents via the online application system by the deadline:
  • Degree certificates
  • Transcripts of all tertiary studies with grading scheme
  • A personal statement (1 page)
  • A research proposal (of no more than 10 pages)
  • Two recommendations
  • Two writing samples in English (e.g. journal publication, book chapter, essay writing as part of a course assignment in an institution)
  • Official score report of English language proficiency tests (if applicable)

Shortlisted applicants are invited for interviews by the Admission Committee within a month of the application deadline.

Application deadline

Applicants must submit the application with all supporting documents online by 12:00 noon on 1st December 2022.

Research Proposal

Please visit for the suggested format of a research proposal.

The format only serves as a suggested framework. Applicants may, at their discretion, use either format or add more section(s) to the form.

Scholarship, funding and fees

Please visit Fees; HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme; Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme; Postgraduate Scholarships; & Financial Support and Awards

Application result

Applicants may check the application result at


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