PolyU Design

PolyU Design

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

Top reasons to study here

  • Most Competitive Tuition Fees among Top 25 D-Schools
  • Professional Network in Asia
  • Welcoming Immigration Policy for a post-degree career in Hong Kong

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



  • 1960: Founded at the Hong Kong Technical College; Part-time evening General Certificate courses offered
  • 1970: Renamed as Department of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic’s establishment; Joined ICSID World School Services; First Polydesign Show held; First 30 Higher Diploma students graduated
  • 2005: Multimedia Innovation Center became part of School of Design
  • 2017: First programme in Social Design


  • 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. 
  • 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.


  • 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;  Social Design (設計社會學), Design Economy (設計經濟學) and Design Making (設計製造學). 
  • Social Design - collaborative design with communities and the public sectors to improve living conditions through critical, systemic and participatory approaches.
  • Design Economy - entrepreneurial design that enhances service innovation and value creation in the private sector.
  • Design Making - human-centred and hands-on design investigations in labs and with communities, in the practices of making and prototyping via socio-technical means.


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

  • Academic Advising at PolyU aims to help students to make informal and intelligent academic decisions/choices about their study at PolyU that suit their intellectual, professional and personal goals.
  • It is instrumental to promoting student success, and plays a vital role in enhancing students’ overall learning experience at PolyU.

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)

Library services

The Library actively supports the University’s mission by providing integrated and timely access to high quality scholarly resources, an inspiring environment for intellectual growth and discovery, with responsive and outreaching services delivered by knowledgeable and innovative staff. 

ICT services

WiFi access points have been installed throughout the campus. They can be found at all departmental offices, laboratories, and public areas including all lecture theatres and general teaching rooms, ITS Student Computer Centre, Library, sports centres, canteens, Chiang Chen Studio Theatre and Jockey Club Auditorium. 

Medical services

The University Health Service (UHS) provides high quality service through a group of well-trained doctors, who have diversified training background and special interests. We aim at providing timely and quality primary health care service in a cost effective manner.

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 a multi-purpose auditorium, Industrial Centre, and language learning centres. A full range of campus services including restaurants, a bookstore, and banks are also provided. Student hostels are also located close to the campus.

Sports facilities

  • Shaw Sports Complex consists of Sports Hall No.1 for major ball games; Sports Practice Hall for badminton, martial arts, fencing, and volleyball; a fitness room; two golf practice bays; an activity room; two rooftop tennis courts, and a table-tennis room.
  • Michael Clinton Swimming Pool adjacent to Shaw Sports Complex, is an outdoor pool of 50 meter in length with 8 swimming lanes.
  • Fong Shu Chuen Hall near Shaw Sports Complex is a multi-purpose sports hall for basketball, volleyball and badminton.
  • Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre in the Communal Building comprises Sports Hall No.2 for basketball and badminton, four squash courts, an activity room and a laboratory for fitness testing.

Student clubs

  • The newly founded Hong Kong Polytechnic University Postgraduate Student Association aims to help both local and non-local postgraduate students assimilate to life in Hong Kong and life at PolyU. Various clubs and activities offer the possibility to connect with like-minded postgraduates from other majors. 
  • The association is open to both research and taught, as well as full-time and part-time postgraduates. The aim is to build a strong community among postgraduate students and serve the needs of the postgraduate community. All you need to do is sign up and enjoy the benefits of being a member. Welcome to the PGSA tribe!


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