Research Postgraduate Studies

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Research Postgraduate Studies

Hong Kong's universities offer a wide range of research postgraduate programmes in both science and humanities subject areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research under the guidance and supervision of world-class scholars in a liberal environment. The continuous support of the government and other organisations enables students to enjoy learning and development in advanced teaching and research facilities. Hong Kong's dynamic research culture continuous to attract young researchers to come here to study.

Research postgraduate programmes require students to focus mainly on their research work, but there may also be some taught components. At the end of their studies, students are required to submit theses/dissertations based on their research, and an oral defence of their work will be conducted in front of an examination panel.

Based on the required level of depth and breadth in the research subject, students are admitted into Master and doctoral programmes. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are the two main types of degrees awarded for research postgraduate studies.

Sharing of Research Postgraduate Courses

(Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment Scheme for Research Postgraduate Students Programme)

In addition to offering courses to its own students, Hong Kong's universities also join hands to collaborate and share research postgraduate courses among students of participating institutions. This scheme enables postgraduate students in Hong Kong to benefit from wider exposure to and the expertise of sister institutions in Hong Kong.

Detailed information on this collaboration scheme is available at the following websites of participating universities.

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PhD Studies

Most research postgraduate programmes at the doctoral level lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and universities in Hong Kong offer a wide range of PhD programmes. With major emphasis placed on individual research, some PhD programmes also have a coursework component. Students are required to conduct in-depth investigation of a chosen topic, and to display sustained independent effort and original thought on the subject area. In order to graduate, students are required to present a complete thesis of publication-worthy quality, and to demonstrate to the examination panel that they have a thorough understanding of the context and significance of their research work. PhD students are also expected to produce evidence and arguments supporting an original proposition that results in a significant contribution to knowledge of their chosen subject.

To attract quality students to undertake doctoral studies in Hong Kong, a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme has been set up by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Further information on this scheme can be found on the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme page.