There are 6 Research Divisions under the Faculty of Science:
- Earth and Planetary Science
- Ecology and Biodiversity
- Mathematical and Statistical Science
- Molecular and Cell Biology
- Physics and Astronomy
- School of Biological Sciences: Dr David M BAKER (Ecology & Biodiversity)
- School of Biological Sciences: Dr Aixin YAN (Molecular & Microbiology)
- Department of Chemistry: Professor David L PHILLIPS
- Department of Earth Sciences: Professor Zhonghui LIU
- Department of Mathematics: Professor Wenan ZANG
- Department of Physics: Professor Xiaodong CUI
- Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science: Professor Tony W K FUNG
HKU values and supports international research collaborations. The various Joint PhD programmes can be found here.
For detailed information on the normative study and probationary periods of MPhil/PhD programmes, please visit our ‘Programme Information’ page.
- a Bachelor's degree with honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.
- a Bachelor's degree with honours and a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- a Bachelor's degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within a two-year period
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic module taken within a two-year period
- Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE)
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language
- Certificates & complete transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate (if applicable) studies
- Statement of Research Interest or Research Proposal
- Two Academic referee’s’ reports
- Official score report of one of the accepted English language proficiency tests
- Other relevant documents (e.g. evidence of academic awards received, summary of relevant experiences, etc.)
GRE/GMAT scores are not required for MPhil/PhD programmes offered under the Faculty of Science.
Key application deadlines for the MPhil/PhD programmes can be found here.
No. Discussing with potential supervisors is a necessary step prior to application. After receiving positive feedback from potential supervisors, you may proceed to submit your MPhil/PhD application to the Graduate School’s Online Application System. The Graduate School will announce the result of your application in due course.
Applicants are reminded to double-check to ensure that all information and documents submitted during the application process are accurate and up-to-date. In case of amendments needing to be made after application submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS)
The HKU-PS Programme is the most prestigious scholarship awarded to RPg students at The University of Hong Kong. It provides strong financial, academic and training support (e.g. individualized advisory services, additional mentorship from distinguished Faculty members, teaching training, etc.) to the selected outstanding full-time PhD students.
Each HKU-PS package (valued up to around HK$414,000 in the first year and HK$394,000 in each of the subsequent years; i.e. a total funding of up to HK$1.6M over the 4 years of study) from the University includes:
- Cash Award to support research and living expenses: HK$40,000 in Year 1; HK$20,000 per year in the remaining normative study period
- Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period (i.e. HK$42,100 per year)
- Postgraduate Scholarship of HK$26,600 per month
- Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance of HK$13,300 per year
- Financial support to selected outstanding students for an additional year of study beyond the normative study period to reward their outstanding research output and progress
- A guaranteed hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year
- HKU-PS Scholars under the Faculty of Science will receive additional support through the Faculty’s Doctoral Entrance Award of HK$15,000 in their first year
- The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF)
The HKPF, established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong.
All HKPF holders will be awarded the HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme as well. Please refer to the HKU-PS section earlier for more details on the package.
- Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
Full-time MPhil and PhD students who hold a first degree with second-class honours first division or above are considered eligible to receive a Postgraduate Scholarship during the normative study period. The basic level of scholarship is HK$18,030 per month.
The HKU-PS and HKPF scholarships cannot be concurrently held with the PGS packages.
Please note that the exact scholarship and/or allowance amounts may vary by the year. Up-to-date and detailed information regarding scholarships, grants and funding can be found here visit here.
International students requiring a visa entry for study in Hong Kong should refer to the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s guidelines and instructions here. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the timely application of their student visa prior to their arrival in Hong Kong. In case of any assistance needed from HKU during the visa application process, please contact email@example.com.
Full-time non-local MPhil/PhD students will be guaranteed a hall placement in their first year of study.