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.

The PhD programme seeks to train students in original research in Marine Environmental Science and to cultivate the independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. Students are required to attend and present seminars, undertake coursework and conduct thesis research. Students must also pass a qualifying examination and a successful defence of a thesis is required.

Research Foci

The Environment Science Programmes 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.

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 fulfil 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 & 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

Please refer to http://pg.ust.hk/programs (“Application”) for details.

Program taught in:
English

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