Further Studies

Are you considering to pursue further studies upon graduation? To have a better planning, you should start your preparation at least ONE YEAR before you graduate (the earlier, the better). Please read through the Suggested Preparation Timeline at this LINK

Below you may find some online resources which may facilitate your planning:

1) Identify your expectations and goals

Before you proceed 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 in figuring out your path ahead. Below articles may shed some lights on your plan.

·         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 on available programmes that match with your background, ability and aspiration.

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 advices in studying in respective popular study destinations abroad:


·         Studyinaustralia.gov.au


·         StudyinCanada.com

·         Canadian Education Centre - Hong Kong

·         Studying in Canada


·         Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre

·         Study in China


·         Campus France


·         DAAD Hong Kong


·         Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide


·         Study in Korea


·         Study in Holland

New Zealand

·         Education New Zealand


·         Ministry of Education, Singapore


·         Study in Sweden

United Kingdom

·         Education UK

·         Prospects – Study in the UK


·         Institute of International Education
Education USA

c) Advisory agencies

You may reach out to some local agents which provide professional advice or even logistics support for your overseas study plan. Please be aware that a fee may incur for such services.

·         Hong Kong Education Web

·         IDP Education
Amber Education

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

You may take a look at below links and take reference of the rankings of your

desired universities and programmes.

·         QS Ranking

·         The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

·         U.S. News – Colleges Ranking

3) Submit application

Once you have shortlisted some desired programmes, you should then submit 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 delay. Below sites may be useful for your application.

Admission essay:

·         Essay Edge – Admission essay writing course

·         About Education – How to Write Your Graduate School Admissions Essay

Recommendation letter:

·         About Education – Getting Recommendation Letters for Grad School: What You Need to Know

Required tests for some programme applications:

·         GMAT

·         GRE

·         IELTS

·         TOEFL

Test preparation:

·         Kaplan Test Prep

·         The Princeton Review

4) Seek financial support

In financing your further studies, you may wish to 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:

·         International Scholarships

·         Scholarships for International Students

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

More scholarship information


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Good luck to your future academic/ career pursuits!

To ensure that the postgraduate programme that you choose is in line with your academic/ career pursuit, you are highly encouraged to seek advice from professors/ lecturers from your School/ Department regarding your further studies plan. If you have any enquiries, always feel free to contact Ms Sharon Tse at 3963 5097/ sharontse@hsmc.edu.hk.



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