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Admission - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) | School of Business - Hong Kong Baptist University

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Qualification Requirements
  • Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Specific Requirements

Academic Qualification Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree programme should possess:

  1. master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
  2. bachelor’s degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
  3. any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose.

Candidates under paragraph (B) should have evidence of research achievement/ experience.

Candidates under paragraph (C) may be required to take a qualifying examination. Their progress shall be reported to the Graduate School at the end of their first year of study

Note: It is a 4-year full-time PhD Programme and no part-time study mode is provided. Besides, MPhil Programme is currently ceased in the School of Business until further notice.

Language Proficiency Requirements

An applicant seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 79 (Internet-based Test) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5 (Academic). Test results of TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition or IELTS Indicator will not be considered. The TOEFL institution code of the University is 9467.

Reading 18 5.5
Listening 18 5.5
Speaking 18 5.5
Writing 19 5.5
Overall 79 in Internet-based test 6.5

Students admitted with English Proficiency Test results lower than the threshold stnadard are required to either complete the English enhancement course(s) offered by the University’s Language Centre in the first year of study or in any case before Qualifying Examination (for PhD) or before confirmation of candidature (for MPhil), or pass the threshold standard in IELTS/TOEFL before their oral examination.

Specific Requirements

Please provide a valid GMAT or GRE report upon application.

Application Deadlines

Early applications are encouraged as applications are processed on a rolling basis.

1 September 2023
1 December 2023
(HKT noon)


1 September 2023
15 April 2024

Regular Track

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

1 Sep 2023
Open for Application

Submit an initial application online via HKPFS Electronic System. A HKPFS Reference Number will be assigned.

By Application Deadlines
HKPFS Track: 1 Dec 2023 (HKT noon)
Regular Track: 15 Apr 2024

Submit a full online application to HKBU through Graduate School’s online application system. For applications for admission via HKPFS track, please quote the HKPFS reference number obtained from RGC.

Application Fee (Non-refundable)


Apr 2024

HKPFS result will be announced and individual awardees will receive an email notification directly from the RGC.

By Aug 2024

Admission offer will be announced.

Prepare for your application

Documents Required for Admission Application

Applications should be submitted online via the online application system. Applicants are also required to submit the following supporting documents along with their application:

Scanned copies
of Supporting Documents

  1. HKID card (for local applicants)/ Passport or other identity documents of home country (for non-local applicants)
  2. Degree certificate(s)/graduation diploma(s), and transcript(s) (including the institution’s grading system) for academic qualification(s) supporting the application
  3. English proficiency test results (e.g. TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic)
  1. Other relevant test results, if applicable (e.g. GMAT, GRE)
  2. Certificate(s) of professional qualification(s)
  3. Confidential recommendations from past/ current affiliated institution
  4. Certificate(s)/supporting document(s) of scholarship(s) and prize(s)
  5. Sample(s) of research works, pulication(s), record of research experience and/or publication list

Confidential Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide confidential references from two referees. Proposed supervisor(s) from HKBU and persons from non-academic backgrounds are not considered as appropriate academic referees. Your referees will receive an invitation email to complete an online confidential reference for you upon your successful submission of an online application.


  1. All supporting documents should be submitted through the Online Application System and hard copies will not be further processed. An acknowledgment email will be sent to the applicant upon successful submission of an application. If any further information document(s) are needed, the University will send a follow-up email directly to the applicants.
  2. For information for non-local applicants, please click here.
  3. Upon receipt of an admission offer, applicants are required to arrange to send the official transcript(s) of the academic qualification(s) and English proficiency test result to the Graduate School directly by the awarding institution(s). HKBU graduates/students are exempted from submitting the official transcript(s) for their previous/current studies in the University.
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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