PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education for Hong Kong since 1964. The School thrives on its geographical position in bridging the East and the West, allowing students to develop their design strengths with a uniquely international cultural awareness at both professional and social levels. PolyU Design has consistently ranked as one of the world' top design schools since 2006.

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The School’s extraordinary 55-year legacy of scholarship and research in the midst of the dynamism of Asia assures us a bright future. Our highly diverse design expertise includes: Product Design, Communication Design, Advertising Design, Digital Media, Interior Design, Environment Design, Urban Design, Interaction Design, International Design and Business Management, and Design Strategies.


PolyU Design nurtures nearly 1,400 students yearly in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with some 50 of them being PhD students. The School provides a high level, well-equipped environment that includes significant research infrastructure with eight laboratories and a variety of first-class technical workshops in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, a landmark building designed by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). The School believes the new premises drives new thinking. That is why the School founded the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, the first of its kind in Asia, to actively foster new approaches, new fields of design expertise, and new applications for design.


To this effect, research in the School of Design generates conceptual and technical resources that shape Hong Kong’s social and material futures. Research is currently organised under three initiatives of interest; Design Making, Design Economies and Design Social. The School believes in the creation of human-centric products, brands and services, which are relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs now and in the near future. Recent projects include:

  • Developing technology-enhanced interactive home facilities targeted to prevent overuse of smartphones
  • Designing memorable and meaningful tourism experiences
  • Faceforms and ergonomic design for Asian people making better body-fit products


MDes graduates have been successful in securing ideal positions in their chosen field. Some are hired in-house or in agencies as specialists into a wide range of functions in design. Some have broadened their professional fields and took on positions in project management, research and teaching.  Others run their own design firm. 

Industries that have hired our graduates include fashion, retail, hospitality, financial services, healthcare, toy, consumer electronics, information technologies, advertising, research and development, higher education and also public services.

Non-local graduates can stay in Hong Kong for 12 months under the “Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates” (IANG) scheme.

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Student services

Centre STARS (Student Advancement and Resources), overseen by Dean of Students Office (DSO), encompasses four offices with dedicated functions:

  • Careers and Placement Services
  • Counselling and Wellness
  • Student Development
  • Student Resources and Residential Life

Non-local Student Services Team (NLSST) at the Office of Student Development provides Mainland and international students with a one-stop student-oriented support service throughout their studies at PolyU. A comprehensive range of co-curricular programmes, activities, tools, and resources are offered to enrich the educational experience and facilitate their settling-in in a new environment.

Housing services

Taught postgraduate students arrange their own accommodation on a self-financing basis. Main accommodation options may include:

  • Self-arranged accommodations offered by PolyU recognised providers
  • Others (e.g. student housing offered by other service providers or sharing a rented apartment in the private market)

Monthly rent for recognised self-arranged accommodation providers may be ranged from HKD4,500 for a double-shared room to HKD7,000+ for a standard single room, and to HKD19,000+ for the entire apartment for 1 to 3 persons.

Library services

The Material Resource Centre (MRC) in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design is a place to explore materials representing current trends in design, materials research and productions from all over the world. Visitors can discover new interesting materials and related technologies that can lead to new sources of inspiration and creativity.

Pao Yue-kong Library, established in 1972, has a collection of 5.4 million library holdings in total with over 200,000 audio-visual materials and access to 3.2 million e-Books and more than 100,000 e-Journals. Apart from the collection, the Library provides computer facilities and a wide variety of spaces to suit different user needs.

ICT services

WiFi access points have been installed throughout the University campus, providing a convenient way for you to connect your mobile device to the campus network and to facilitate computer-aid learning. Students can also get network access when visiting other ‘eduroam’ institutions and popular public places in Hong Kong using hotspots.

Medical services

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a comprehensive range of primary health care for all full-time students. Student dental services are currently provided by Bayley and Jackson Dental Surgeons Limited (B&J) to full-time students at the Campus Student Dental Clinic. The University has a basic insurance coverage for students for joining PolyU activities during their stay in Hong Kong.

Student Life

Campus life

The University campus is strategically located in Hung Hom, Kowloon, on a 9.46-hectare site adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel. In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other academic facilities, the campus offers sport, recreational facilities and other facilities including multi-purpose auditorium, Industrial Centre and language learning centres. A full range of campus services including restaurants, bookstore and banks are also provided.

Sports facilities

Sports facilities in PolyU include: The Shaw Sports Complex, Fong Shu Chuen Hall, Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre and Keith Legg Sports Field and Michael Clinton Swimming Pool, for these activities: badminton, basketball , fitness, golf practice, squash, table tennis, tennis (outdoor/ indoor), swimming, volleyball and others.

Students can also use the Joint Sports Centre jointly owned by PolyU, CityU and HKBU, with these facilities:

  • An 11-a-side natural grass soccer pitch
  • An international standard 8-lane all-weather running track
  • Field events facilities for long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, and throwing events
  • Four tennis courts with a 200-seat spectator stand

Student clubs

Postgraduate Student Association aims to help both local and non-local postgraduate students assimilate to life in Hong Kong and life at PolyU, build a strong community among postgraduate students and serve the needs of the postgraduate community.

Various clubs and activities offer the possibility to connect with like-minded postgraduates from other majors.

The association is open to postgraduate students in both taught and research programmes.