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Undergraduates Studies

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

The 2017/2018 admissions exercise starts in September 2016.  The proposed timeline for the admission process for MBBS is set out below:

Month JUPAS Non-JUPAS
Fast-track Main Round
Sept Submission of applications Submission of applications Submission of applications
Oct
Nov
Dec Selection interview; making offers
Jan    
Feb  
Mar
Apr First round interview for high school candidates; making offers
May
Jun First round interview Panel interview for undergraduate/graduate candidates; making offers
Jul Announcement of HKDSE results Announcement of IB exam results (or its equivalent exam)
Second round interview Second round interview for high school candidates; making offers
Aug Acceptance of offers Announcement of GCEAL exam results (or its equivalent exam)
Third round interview for high school candidates; making offers
Clearing of waiting list and appeal cases

As advised by the University Grants Committee (UGC) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the number of intake for the MBBS programme is 235 in 2017/2018.  All candidates, regardless of the channels from which they apply for admission, will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of their academic merits.  An overall review on the academic results, performance at interview(s), referee’s comments and other attributes (e.g. participation in extra-curricular activities, leadership, to name a few) will be made on each candidate before reaching the final decision on granting offers.

In addition to satisfying the University Entrance Requirements as stated at http://www.aal.hku.hk/admissions/local/admissions-information, candidates for admission shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:

  1. achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:
     
    Subjects Level of Performance
    English 4
    Chinese 3
    Mathematics 2
    Liberal Studies 2
  2. attain at least Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be:
    1. Chemistry or
    2. Combined Science with Chemistry as one of the components

The first round of interviews for HKDSE candidates is scheduled to take place in June.  Only those who have put MBBS as one of their Band A choices will be shortlisted on the basis of their school reference reports to attend the interview.

After the announcement of the HKDSE results in mid-July, the second round of interview will be held.  The following grid illustrates the conditions where candidates will be required to attend the interview in this round:

  June interview
HKDSE results Excellent Average Poor Not interviewed in June
Excellent     second interview July interview
Borderline second interview second interview   July interview

Overseas students or local students who are applying for admission on the strength of examination results other than HKDSE should submit their applications direct to the University through the Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme.  Please visit the webpage http://www.aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/admissions-information?page=en/university-entrance-requirements for the range and level of qualifications accepted by the University as well as the subject requirements for the MBBS programme.  Candidates applying for the programme should have working knowledge in Cantonese.

Interview Arrangement

Those who list the MBBS programme as their first choice will be considered.  Interviews for non-JUPAS applicants should normally be held in December (for fast-track candidates), in April (for high school candidates) and in June (for undergraduates/graduates).  Applicants who are not shortlisted for the December/April/June interview may be invited to attend an interview in July/August after their passing the public/final examinations with flying colours.  The interviews, generally run for 15-20 minutes, are conducted face-to-face in both English and Cantonese.  Applicants selected for interview will receive an invitation via email.  Due to the tight timeline of the admission exercise, rescheduling of interviews may not be viable.  Any travel required to attend an interview is at the applicant’s own expenses.  The shortlisting and selection varies from year to year depending on the number and quality of the applicants.  

Candidates are strongly advised to upload a copy of their public examination results (e.g. IB/GCEAL) or the latest academic transcript (e.g. in the end-of-year or end-of-semester examination in schools) to the University using the Online Document Upload System https://extranet.hku.hk/admission/servlet/njp_register/get_login if the information has not been available at the point of submitting their application.  This will help to facilitate the screening and review process by the Medical Faculty Admissions Committee.

Candidates who are interviewed in December/April/June may be given conditional offers which are to be realized upon their satisfactory achievement of the required results by a certain date.  They should upload the document of proof showing their attainment of the required results to the Online Document Upload System https://extranet.hku.hk/admission/servlet/njp_register/get_login once it is available.  Confirmation of offer will be sent to the candidates via email, upon receipt of their academic transcript/certification of grades.

The criteria for making conditional offers may vary from year to year depending on the quality of the candidates in each admission exercise.

Results of Applications

Candidates can view the status of their application at the University website at https://extranet.hku.hk/admission/servlet/njp_register/get_login.  The HKU Admissions Office will inform successful candidates via email during January (for fast-track candidates) and during February to August (for general candidates).  However, candidates placed on a waiting list may not hear the result of their application until later in August.

Candidates who are offered a place and accept the offer will receive detailed instructions about joining the University.  Information on student registration at the University will be available at http://www.ase.hku.hk/ at around mid-July.

Interview Notification

For the rounds of interview for different streams/categories of candidates, the timeline for receiving notifications from the Faculty Office is as below:

Interview round Streams/Categories of candidates Notification by the Faculty Office about the interview
December Non-JUPAS
(fast-track candidates)

Early December

April Non-JUPAS
(high school candidates)

Mid to late March

June JUPAS

Mid May

Non-JUPAS (undergraduates/graduates)

Mid to late May

July non-JUPAS
(high school candidates/undergraduates/graduates)

Early July

JUPAS

Late July

August Non-JUPAS
(high school candidates/undergraduates/graduates)

Mid to late August

Shortlisted candidates will be notified via email or by phone call.