- Application / Admission
- Qualification & Recognition
- Financial Assistance
- Study Pattern / Classes
- Scholarships / Student activities
What is the relationship between PolyU and PolyU SPEED?
PolyU SPEED was established by PolyU in 1999. It has been actively developing and delivering a wide range of professionally-oriented programmes that are relevant to individual advancement and wider socio-economic needs. In pursuing its vision to becoming a leading self-financing tertiary education institution in Hong Kong, PolyU SPEED provides sub-degree graduates with quality top-up honours degree programmes relevant to their career aspirations. Besides, the School is devoted to forging partnership and working closely with industry, commerce, professional associations and the public sector to enrich students’ learning experiences and to provide flexible educational opportunities for lifelong learners.
How can I submit an application for admission?
Applications can be submitted through PolyU SPEED Online Application for Admission (OAA) system during the application period at:
Please refer to the OAA system for procedures for settling application fee and providing supporting documents after submitting the application online.
What are the general admission requirements for the top-up bachelor’s honours degree programmes offered by PolyU SPEED?
Applicants should possess an Associate Degree, a Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification. Mature applicants (aged 25 or above at commencement of study) with substantial and relevant working experience in senior positions as well as prior studies in related fields may also apply.
What are the selection criteria and when will the applicants be informed of the application results?
Applicants’ academic performance in their prior studies will be a major consideration during the initial screening process. For part-time programmes, applicants’ relevant working experience will also be considered.
For mature applicants, their working experience (e.g. years and relevance of the working experience, and the positions held) as well as the relevance of their prior studies will be considered.
Short-listed applicants may be invited to attend admission interview and / or test.
Applicants will normally be notified of the application results one month after the closing of applications.
Can I apply for the programme(s) if I am not a Hong Kong resident?
Non-local students who do not have the right of abode in Hong Kong must obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong. Please visit the HKSAR’s Immigration Department website at http://www.immd.gov.hk for further details on student visa application.
If I have completed an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in related disciplines, will I be eligible for applying for credit transfer for the related subjects on admission to a PolyU-SPEED top-up honours degree programme?
The PolyU-SPEED bachelor’s honours degree programmes are top-up programmes with Associate Degree or Higher Diploma as the entry qualification. Normally, credit transfer will not be granted for students based on studies at sub-degree level.
Is PolyU-SPEED academic award conferred by PolyU?
Yes, both PolyU award and PolyU-SPEED award are conferred by PolyU.
Are there any differences between the parchment of PolyU award and that of PolyU-SPEED award?
The parchment of PolyU-SPEED award contains the PolyU logo only while the full English name of PolyU and SPEED will also be printed in the document.
Does HKSAR Government recognise PolyU-SPEED degree?
There have been PolyU-SPEED degree graduates employed by the HKSAR Government on positions requiring a recognised degree.
All PolyU-SPEED top-up honours degree programmes have been listed in the Qualifications Register (QR) of HKSAR at Level 5 (Bachelor’s Degree level) in the Qualifications Framework (QF).
What are the employment prospects of PolyU-SPEED degree graduates?
Below are some findings of the graduate survey for the PolyU-SPEED award programmes in 2015:
- Over 83% of the respondents secured full-time employment
- Their average monthly salary was around HK$13,000
- Around 4% of the respondents pursued further studies
Can PolyU-SPEED degree graduates apply for admission to master’s degree programmes?
All PolyU-SPEED awards are approved by PolyU Senate. Generally speaking, these graduates can apply for admission to master’s degree programmes offered by PolyU and other universities.
Some of our graduates have completed or are studying master’s degree programmes in reputable local and overseas universities.
Can I apply for Financial Assistance?
Local full-time students enrolled in PolyU-SPEED award programmes are eligible to apply for means-tested Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) or Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) while local part-time students are eligible to apply for Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) offered by the Government’s Student Finance Office (SFO).
If you wish to know more about FASP, NLSPS and ENLS, please visit the SFO website at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo.
Can I apply for Continuing Education Fund (CEF)?
Some subjects of the PolyU-SPEED award programmes have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes. Subjects eligible for CEF reimbursement are indicated with the CEF logo on the brochure as well as in the programme information on PolyU SPEED website. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000, on successful completion of a reimbursable course.
Please visit www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef for further details about CEF.
Students are not allowed to apply for both FASP and CEF for the same programme in the same academic year.
What is the normal study pattern for a student?
The normal duration of study is 2 years for full-time mode and 4 years for part-time mode.
Full-time students are normally required to study 15 credits (5 subjects) in each 13-week semester. Generally speaking, students may enjoy a summer break after two 13-week semesters in an academic year.
Part-time students are normally required to study 6 credits (2 subjects) in each 13-week semester or 3 credits (1 subject) in each 7-week summer semester.
Where will the classes be conducted?
Classes of full-time programmes will be conducted on PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus or PolyU West Kowloon Campus while classes of part-time programmes will normally be conducted on PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus.
For Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied and Media Arts, most of the classes will be held at the premises of the Hong Kong Art School (the collaborating institution of the programme).
How many classes are students required to attend in a week? When will the classes be held?
Under the normal study load, the number of class contact hours per week is about 15 for full-time students and 6 for part-time students.
While most of the classes for full-time students will be held in the daytime, some classes may be arranged in the evening. Classes for part-time students will normally be held on weekday evenings and / or Saturday afternoons.
Does PolyU SPEED provide scholarship or other student activities?