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The Environment has been degrading at an alarming rate mainly due to the unsustainable development and the unsustainable use of natural resources. Although environmental conservation has developed significantly over the past few decades, environmental problems have been evolving both in terms of nature and scale. Methods of resolving many environmental problems remain controversial.

Environmental Science Programs have excellent expertise and research experience particularly in atmospheric or marine environmental science and we offer research degree programs of MPhil/PhD in both Atmospheric and Marine Environmental Sciences. In order to promote research-led collaboration between HKUST and mainland universities, we also offer a SZU-HKUST Joint PhD Program in Marine Environmental Science with Shenzhen University (SZU).

In response to the current needs of our society, we also offer an MSc in Environmental Health and Safety Program so as to provide students with training in pollution monitoring and control, environmental hazards and occupational health and safety.

Curriculum
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program aims to train postgraduate students to conduct independent research in Atmospheric Environmental Science. Students must fulfill the following program requirements:

a. Completion of at least 9 credits of coursework including:
i. 3 credits of core course MATH 5360 Weather, Climate and Pollution;
ii. 3 credits of elective course chosen from the elective course list;
iii. 3 credits of approved PG course endorsed by the Program Director;

b. Completion of and passing ENVS 6770 Professional Development in Science (Environmental Science Programs). Students are expected to complete the course in their first year of study. The maximum time allowed for course completion is two years for full-time students, or three years for part-time students. The 2 credits earned from ENVS 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;

c. Completion of and passing LANG 5010 Postgraduate English for Science Studies which should be taken in the first year of study. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5010 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;

d. Taking and passing in ENVS 6011 Postgraduate Seminar whenever it is offered; maximum number of credits to be earned from this course is 2;

e. Registration in ENVS 6990 MPhil Thesis Research; and

f. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

Facilities
Our Coastal Marine Laboratory on campus is a key item of infrastructure supporting our marine researches, while the Environmental Central Facility serves as a support platform for our atmospheric research.

Coastal Marine Laboratory
The Laboratory is located on the seafront at HKUST, with a total area of about 1,200 sq. meters. The lower floor houses an excellent natural running seawater facility, together with two fully equipped wet laboratories and two well-designed environmentally controlled rooms. The upper floor is a dry laboratory area, compartmentalized into a multipurpose research laboratory, a molecular biology laboratory, an analytical laboratory, a microscope room, a radioisotope laboratory and a multifunction room.

Environmental Central Facility
The Environmental Central Facility has laboratory facilities equipped with environmental monitoring and analytical tools, chemicals, general laboratory supplies and sufficient instruments to support a wide range of analytical methodologies and research.

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