Are you considering pursuing further studies upon graduation? We strongly suggest that you start your preparation at least ONE YEAR before you graduate (the earlier, the better) to ensure a carefully considered application. Please read through the Suggested Preparation Timeline at this LINK.
Listed below are some useful online resources to facilitate your planning:
1) Identify your expectations and goals
Before you proceed with your application, think carefully about why you want to pursue further studies and what you want to achieve. By setting a clear goal for yourself, you will find it easier to figure out your path ahead.
- Why do postgraduate study? – article at TARGETpostgrad
- Is postgraduate study right for you? – try completing a quiz and find out more about yourself at TARGETpostgrad
More info at https://targetpostgrad.com/advice.
2) Search for suitable programmes
Research available programmes that match with your background, ability and aspirations.
a) Studying in Hong Kong
You may consider postgraduate studies in different institutions in Hong Kong which offer a wide array of programmes.
- Postgraduate programme at HSMC
- Postgraduate Studies in Hong Kong – information of local UGC-funded institutions
b) Studying abroad
Alternatively, you may consider pursuing further studies abroad. Below are some online resources that offer advice for studying in popular foreign study destinations :
c) Advisory agencies
Some local agents can provide professional advice or even logistics support for your overseas study plan. Please be aware that a fee may be incurred for using such services.
d) Other online resources
- Studylink – Search for courses
- AC Online – Student’s road map to studying abroad
- AccreditedOnlineCollegesOnline – Online master’s degree
e) University ranking
It can be useful to take reference of the rankings of your desired universities and programmes.
3) Submit application
Once you have shortlisted some desired programmes, you should then submit an application according to the timeline. It will normally take some time to complete the application. Start your application as early as possible to avoid any delays. The below sites may be useful for your application.
Admission essay and personal statement advice:
- Prospects - Personal Statement for Postgraduate Application
- Essay Edge – Admission essay writing course
- About Education – How to Write Your Graduate School Admissions Essay
- Write a Graduate School Essay that Will Knock Their Socks Off
- How to Write a Graduate School Application Essay
Obtaining a recommendation letter:
- About Education – Getting Recommendation Letters for Grad School: What You Need to Know
- Tips for Requesting Letters of Recommendation
Required entrance tests for some programme applications:
A language test is likely also required for international study, such as:
Try to answer some practise questions before taking a test. A few are usually available for free on the test website. Test preparation material is also offered by many external providers, although pricing varies substantially depending on the test and desired tuition level:
- Kaplan Test Prep
- The Princeton Review
4) Seek financial support
In financing your further studies, It is a good ideato contact the office of your desired/ enrolled programme and check out the available scholarships/ grants for the specific programme. In the meantime, you may also source for some scholarships offered by various organizations. Please note that many scholarships are open for application during the last quarter (Sep – Dec) of each year. Therefore, you may need to start looking for scholarships during or even before making your programme applications.
Scholarship searching platforms:
Some available scholarships/ grants schemes for consideration:
- Continuing Education Fund
- Chevening Scholarships in Hong Kong
- Education Bureau – Life Planning
- Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme
- The Croucher Foundation
- Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency
Good luck to your future academic/ career pursuits!
To ensure that the postgraduate programme that you choose is in line with your academic and career goals, you are highly encouraged to seek advice from professors or lecturers from your School or Department regarding your further studies plan. If you have any enquiries, feel free to contact Ms Sharon Tse at 3963 5097/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SAO has no business relations with the agents/ companies/ service providers of the web links listed above, and they are posted solely for students’ reference. Students should stay alert if they are requested to provide personal information and/or pay a fee to these agents/ companies/ service providers in getting services/ information. The SAO accepts no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information in this website.