1. Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible for admission to the MSc(LIM) programme, applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree of this University or qualifications of equivalent standard.
2. Am I eligible to apply if I am in the final year of undergraduate studies?
Applicants who are in their final year of undergraduate studies should provide us with a photocopy of their available results after submission of the online application. Successful candidates will be given a conditional offer and required to submit an official transcript soon after the result of the final degree examination is known, and in any case by 15 July 2018 at the latest.
3. Does the University require applicants to take English language tests?
Applicants who wishes to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Those taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should have a minimum overall band of 6 with no sub-test lower than 5.5.
4. What is the HKU code number for the TOEFL?
The HKU code number for the TOEFL is 9671.
5. I took the IELTS a year ago. Is it still valid?
The IELTS results are valid for two years.
6. Can I apply for more than one taught postgraduate programme?
You can apply for more than one taught postgraduate programmes. Please submit an application with full set of supporting document after you have paid the application fees for each application.
7. How much is the application fee and how should I pay it?
Applicants are required to pay an application fee of HK$300, which is non-refundable and non-transferable, online by credit card. A cheque or cash will not be accepted.
8. How many specialist strands are there and when do I need to select the specialist strand?
There are five specialist strands for the MSc(LIM) programme, namely, Archives and records management, Data science, Information management, Knowledge management and Librarianship. Applicants are required to select their preferred specialist strand when they submit their online application.
9. How many courses do I need to complete?
MSc(LIM) students are required to complete a total of 10 courses which comprise:
- Three core courses and
- An Independent Project (equivalent to 1 course), 3 courses from a specialist strand and 3 elective courses
- A Dissertation (equivalent to 3 courses), 3 courses from a specialist strand and 1 elective course "Research seminars and workshops"
10. How long is the processing time for an application and when will the results be announced?
Successful applicants will be informed of their MSc(LIM) admissions results by e-mail in around April 2018, and will receive an Offer of Admission letter enclosing the Notice of Admission statement by post after verification of academic qualification. However, if you are placed on a waiting list, you may not hear the result of your application until later. If you are unlikely to be offered a place, the University will try to let you know as soon as possible via e-mail.
11. What supporting documents do I need to submit with my application?
Please refer to "Supporting Documents" for details of the required documents. The supporting documents should be submitted by post, immediately after the online application and in any case by the application deadline to the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. Underpaid mail will be rejected. The Faculty is not responsible for any documents lost in the post.
12. Are photocopies of certificates and transcripts acceptable to the University?
Please submit officially certified copies of certificates and complete official transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Documents not in English should be accompanied by an officially certified translation into English, normally by the Registry of the awarding institution. At the application stage, a photocopy of the required documents is acceptable. Successful applicants will be requested to submit the original or officially certified documents before a firm offer is given.
13. Can I check whether my supporting documents have been received by the Faculty successfully?
Due to the large number of applications received during the admissions period, we seek your understanding that we are unable to check/ confirm whether all of your supporting documents are received. However, you will be informed if any additional documents are required for your application. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
14. What does “officially certified or certified true copy” mean?
A photocopy of the original document that has been duly declared as a true copy before a notary public (e.g. the District Offices in Hong Kong) (Please click here for details on making declarations of your documents at the District Offices) or certified by the appropriate official of your home institution (e.g. the Registry).
15. How can I obtain a student visa?
- We welcome overseas applicants, and such successful applicants will need to arrange their own student visas.
- The Office of Student Affairs can assist student in obtaining visas. The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) acts as the local sponsor for international students, and the China Affairs Office (CAO) sponsors students from mainland China. Both offices also assist students in obtaining visas.
16. When do I need to register as a HKU student after successful admission?
Admitted students will be contacted by e-mail in July for details of online master registration and course selection exercise conducted in late July/ early August.
17. What is the class schedule and teaching venue for the MSc(LIM) courses?
- The programme runs throughout the academic year from September to August. Classes are normally held on weekday evenings or on Saturday mornings and afternoons. There are also day-time classes on weekday for full-time students.
- All classes will be conducted on the HKU Campus. The master-timetable will be available to admitted students in July.