PhD in Chemistry

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Description

PhD in Chemistry

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

chemistryChemistry as a discipline is growing and changing rapidly. The traditional divisions of Chemistry into analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry no longer reflect the dynamic and multidisciplinary nature of the field. Chemistry is, in fact, the "central science", having relevance in areas such as molecular biology, molecular physics, materials science, molecular engineering, biotechnology, environmental science and drug design.

As a postgraduate student in the Department of Chemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, you will have the chance to study in programs that reflect the current, central, position of Chemistry and you will learn from diverse, innovative faculty at the forefront of their fields of research.

Our mission is to offer research and instructional opportunities in the emerging areas of Chemistry while maintaining a program rooted in the basics of the discipline. Postgraduate programs emphasize training in original research focusing on fundamental, interdisciplinary and applied areas. Complementing our formal degree programs is an active seminar program allowing students to meet prominent and international scientists who are pioneering the creation of new chemical knowledge.

The purpose of the Ph.D. program in Chemistry is to prepare students through the execution and completion of a substantial research project to become mature, independent scientists who themselves are then capable of the design, initiation, and execution of their own original projects in academic or industrial environments.

The admission into the program is to be regarded as a privilege, and the subsequent execution of the research project by a Ph.D. candidate is a major undertaking. It requires the application of considerable depth and breadth of scholarship, and there must be a substantial discovery of new science. The final Ph.D. thesis must reflect clearly and completely the fulfillment of these criteria.

Research Foci

Research and development within the Department focus on five main areas:

  • Synthetic Chemistry: Synthetic methodology, organometallic chemistry, and catalysis.
  • Molecular Dynamics and Structure of Complex Systems: Laser-based spectroscopy, dynamics of biomolecular and supramolecular systems, computational chemistry (protein / RNA folding).
  • Material Sciences: Nanomaterials, biomaterials, and polymeric and organic electronic materials.
  • Chemical Biology: Protein organization in metabolism, signal transduction.
  • Analytical / Environmental Chemistry: Method development and applications for environmental and bioanalytical chemistry, and atmospheric chemistry.

The department has international links with major chemical industries and has played a key role in setting up university-wide collaborations involving universities, research institutions and companies in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Europe and the US.


Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

ii. English Language Admission Requirements

You have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:

  • TOEFL-iBT 80
  • TOEFL-pBT 550
  • TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module)
    • For 2019/20 Admissions: Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-scores: 5.5
    • For 2018/19 Admissions: Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.

Application Deadline:

The next application will start in early September of 2018. For details, please visit here.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 7, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
3 - 6 years
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42,100 HKD
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Hong Kong - Hong Kong
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