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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Established in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-renowned research-focused university. Capitalizing on the well-established disciplinary foundation (Science, Engineering, Business, Humanities and Social Science, and Interdisciplinary Programs) on the Hong Kong campus; the HKUST Guangzhou Campus is targeted to open in September 2022 and will engage in a cross-disciplinary academic exploration to nurture well-rounded graduates with a global vision, strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking.

In concert with the preparatory work for the establishment of the Guangzhou campus, HKUST has rolled out a Pilot Scheme Admission on Hong Kong campus for HKUST(Guangzhou) to start enrolling research postgraduate students (RPg) since 2019/20.

HKUST offers a range of research postgraduate (RPg) programs leading to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. For program details, please visit here.

The University is now calling for the applications for admissions in September 2022.

Why Study at HKUST?

  • Worldwide Recognition: Ranked 2nd among the World’s Top Young Universities in QS World University Rankings, 2021 and 34th among the World’s Top Universities in QS World University Rankings, 2022.
  • Global Student Community: 5,600+ postgraduate students from over 60 countries and regions, among whom over 70% come from outside Hong Kong.
  • Strong Team of International Faculty: Over 710 faculty at HKUST, coming from more than 35 countries, and all are PhD holders from leading universities.
  • Research Excellence: Ranked 1st in terms of world leading and internationally excellent research work among the universities in Hong Kong according to the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of the University Grants Committee.
  • English as Medium of Instruction: For both Hong Kong and Guangzhou campuses.
  • Exciting Dual-Degree PhD Opportunities: Students can make use of the complementary expertise and state-of-the-art equipment from both the Hong Kong and Guangzhou campuses to pursue dual-degree PhD opportunities and carry out cross-disciplinary research work, with one co-supervisor from each campus. Only one thesis is required for the dual-degree.

Generous Scholarships Available for MPhil and PhD Studies

HKUST provides generous scholarships for students to pursue full-time MPhil and PhD studies, covering tuition fees, accommodation fees and living costs.

For Admission to Hong Kong Campus:

  • Postgraduate Studentship: HK$216,360 (~US$27,700) per year for up to 2 years for full-time MPhil students and 4 years for full-time PhD students.
  • RedBird PhD Award:
    • A Recruitment Award for new PhD students, with HK$40,000 (~US$5,100) and a waiver of tuition fee in the first year.
    • An Academic Excellence Award for current PhD students, in recognition of their outstanding performance and research capacity, with HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years, subject to the academic performance.
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS): An internationally recognized award for PhD students established by the Hong Kong Government. The application will be closed on 1st December 2021. HKPFS awardees will receive:
    • Stipend: HK$322,800 (~US$41,400) per year for 4 years;
    • HKUST RedBird PhD Scholarship: A Recruitment Scholarship of HK$40,000 (~US$5,100) in the first year and an Academic Excellence Scholarship of HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years, subject to the academic performance; and
    • Conference Travel Allowance: HK$13,500 (~US1,730) per year for 4 years.
  • Guaranteed University Accommodation: For full-time MPhil/PhD students in the first two years of research studies at HKUST.
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