Information and Advice for Prospective Students from Hong Kong

Welcome to the University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is home to a thriving community of students from across the world and we are delighted that you are considering studying with us. To help you prepare for your exciting journey to Lincoln, this page contains important information regarding the entrance requirements you will need to meet, the University‚Äôs international scholarships, and submitting your application to study with us. You can also find guidance on how to access support from our International Officers and Global Representatives throughout the admissions process.

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Entry Requirements

Before you begin your studies at the University of Lincoln, you will need to meet our academic and English language entrance requirements. The sections below contain a summary of the qualifications that we accept.

Undergraduate Programmes

A full-time Bachelor’s degree programme in the UK typically takes three years to complete.

Students from Hong Kong require one of the following qualifications for entry into year one of a Bachelor’s degree:

  • Successful completion of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) or Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate
  • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) with between 27 and 34 points
  • Successful completion of three A Levels

Entry requirements may vary depending on the programme, and specific information can be found on the individual programme pages.

Undergraduate Advanced Entry

Depending on your academic background and intended course of study, it may be possible to apply for advanced entry into level two, or three of a University of Lincoln Bachelor’s degree programme.

For more information, please contact the International Admissions Team at

Postgraduate Programmes

A full-time postgraduate taught (Master’s degree) programme in the UK typically takes one year to complete. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification, at a recognised institution. Applicants will also need to obtain a specific grade/classification in order to be accepted onto the programme.

Our programme webpages contain specific information regarding the grade/classification we require. The requirements may range from a first class honour’s degree to a lower second-class honours. The table below outlines what we deem to be an equivalent grade/classification in Hong Kong.

UK Bachelor's Degree Classification Equivalent Bachelor’s Degree Classification (Hong Kong)
Upper Second Class Hons (2:1) 3.0 GPA
Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 2.5 GPA

Degree Preparation Programmes

If you do not meet the entry criteria for a postgraduate degree programme, you may be eligible to join a Pre-Master’s programme with the University of Lincoln’s International College. Students from Hong Kong require a recognised first degree for entry onto our Pre-Master’s Business programme.

Postgraduate Research

The University of Lincoln offers a variety of postgraduate research programmes. To find out more information about our research programmes and the entrance requirements you will need to meet, please visit the individual programme webpages.


English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic requirements outlined above, applicants will also be expected to meet the University's English Language requirements.

As a guide, the majority of our programmes require an IELTS score of 6.0, 6.5 or 7.0. To find out more about the specific English Language requirements you will need to meet, please visit our programme webpages.

As an alternative to IELTS, we also accept the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) at grade 4/5 for programmes requiring an IELTS of 6.0.

The above qualification should usually have been completed no more than 5 years before enrolling at the University of Lincoln. However, this requirement will usually be waived for applicants who achieved the required High School English grade, and subsequently completed a degree in their home country that was taught fully in English. An official letter from the previous institution, confirming that the degree was taught in English, may be required.

Please visit our English language requirements page for further details regarding alternative English language qualifications and tests we accept.

International Scholarships

To help support students from outside of the UK, we are delighted to offer a number of scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50% of tuition fees. To find out more about our range of scholarships, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit our scholarships webpage.

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How to Apply

Visit our Applying to Lincoln page to find out more information about our admissions process, submitting your application, and starting your journey to the University of Lincoln.

How to Apply
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Contact the International Enquiries Team

University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool Campus

+44 (0)1522 308108

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