Application periods

Applications for admission may be made throughout the year. The applicant is expected to have discussed the proposed field of study with academic staff in the relevant School before submitting a formal application.

For Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy programmes, students may be admitted in January, May and September (i.e. the Spring, Summer and Autumn terms). For Doctor of Education and Doctor of Engineering programmes, students may be admitted in September only (i.e. the Autumn term).

Application fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee. The application fee should be paid by personal cheque made payable to ‘The Open University of Hong Kong’. Cash is not accepted.

Application procedures

Each applicant can only submit one complete set of application papers as follows:

(a)   Application form (Form DAPPL/RAPPL)
to be completed and signed by the applicant.
(b)   Hong Kong Identity Card/Passport (if you do not have a HKID card) for verification in person during our office hours, or a photocopy of your HKID/Passport with the word ‘copy’ written across the face if you apply by mail.
(c)   Application fee in cheque (for cashier order or other forms of payment, please contact the Research Postgraduate Office by telephone: 2768 6625 or by email:
HK$300 for local applicants
HK$515 for non-local applicants
(d)   Completed Research Degree Proposals (Form RPROP) for application of PhD/MPhil programme only
(e)   Reference Forms (2 sets) (Form RREF)
to be completed and submitted directly to the Research Postgraduate Office of the Registry, OUHK, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon by the referees
(f)   Supporting documents
originals of official transcripts and copies of certificates (Covering Letter for Transcript)

The completed application forms should be submitted by mail or in person to the following address:

Research Postgraduate Office, Registry
Room A0511, 5/F, Block A, Main Campus
The Open University of Hong Kong
Ho Man Tin, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Application acknowledgement

An application acknowledgement which consists of an application number will be sent to applicants by mail within two weeks of the submission of the application. Applicants are advised to quote their application number in subsequent correspondence with OUHK.

Applicants who do not receive an application acknowledgment letter or the returned incomplete form within four weeks of the submission of their application should contact the Research Postgraduate Office without further delay by telephone: 2768 6625, or by e-mail:

Assessment of application

Applications will be assessed individually. Applicants may be required to attend interviews and/or tests as part of the selection process.

Notification of results

Notification of the results of the applications will normally be sent to successful applicants well before the commencement of the programme. If an offer of a place is made, applicants must decide to accept or to decline the offer by a specified date. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified in writing.

Special conditions

The RDC may approve or prescribe special conditions for any applicant, including undertaking a preliminary course of study and/or performing satisfactorily in an examination, oral or written, either before the date of commencement of, or during the period of, the programme of study and research.


Modified Date: Apr 28, 2021