PhD in Environmental Engineering

General

Program Description

There is a growing concern for environmental conservation and sustainable development across the globe. To achieve long-term environmental sustainability, it requires innovative solutions to many problems caused by humans. These problems include the presence of micropollutants in drinking water, noxious aerosols and fumes in the air, heavy metals and toxic organics in solid wastes that will eventually overwhelm our landfill sites. The scarcity of water resources, the ever-deteriorating air quality in many metropolises, the threat of mounting volumes of waste without suitable disposal sites, and a long list of other critical issues must be resolved through the innovations of scientists and engineers.

Environmental problems are essentially interdisciplinary issues. These issues include the physical process of mixing and dilution, chemical and biological processes, mathematical modelling, data acquisition, and measurement. The Environmental Engineering (EVNG) Programme offered by the School of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is one of the most successful interdisciplinary research programmes in this field of study. The faculty members are leading experts committed to innovative research in a broad range of environmental engineering areas. The Environmental Engineering Programme offers a comprehensive curriculum that provides a solid foundation on which students may build careers in research.

The PhD programme aims to develop and strengthen students’ skills in identifying key issues related to environmental engineering, in formulating original research plans and methodologies, and in implementing those plans and methodologies to produce results that are useful for reducing environmental pollution and advancing environmental conservation and sustainable development. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully complete a dissertation to demonstrate competence in research.

Research Foci

The programme focuses on innovative technologies for different applications in the environmental engineering area and seeks to provide research students with an understanding of effective environmental management strategies.

The main research areas include:

  • Innovative Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies
  • Solid/Hazardous Waste Management and Waste Recycling/Reuse
  • Contaminated Land and Groundwater Remediation
  • Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality
  • Environmental Sustainability and Renewable Energy

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Program information for 2020/21 is now ready at pg.ust.hk/programs.

Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.

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) Overall score: 6.5 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.

#refers to the total score in one single attempt

Application Deadlines

Please refer to pg.ust.hk/programs ("Application") for details.

Last updated August 2019

About the School

Situated at the heart of Asia, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young and distinguished research university in Hong Kong. Ranked No. 32 in the World in the QS World Univ... Read More