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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.

The MPhil program aims to train postgraduate students to conduct independent research in Atmospheric Environmental Science or Marine Environmental Science. Submission and successful defense of a thesis based on original research are required.

Research Foci
The Environment Science Programs have three main research themes as follows:
-Air and Water: Includes their relation to climate change.
-Environmental Change: Studies investigate on regional and local scales, and explore their global effects and implications.
-Economic and Social Impact: The effect of and solutions to environmental problems.

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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