operations man

This programme includes two streams: Operations Management and Statistics.

The PhD programme in Operations Management emphasizes model-based methodology and practice-motivated research. Students are trained to use quantitative tools and analytical frameworks from operations research, economics, and other disciplines to study managerial problems in business processes, such as supply chains, manufacturing, and service systems.

Faculty members in this area have PhD degrees from top universities in the world. They are frequent contributors to top academic journals, such as Operations Research, Management Science, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Several of them have served or are currently serving on the editorial boards of these journals.

The PhD programme in Statistics emphasizes both the theoretical development of statistical methodologies and applications to the real business world. The programme trains students to have a solid theoretical foundation and statistical expertise in applications to various areas such as finance, economics and marketing, and statistical consulting.

Faculty members in this area have PhD degrees from top universities such as Stanford and UC Berkeley. Their works appear in top journals, such as the Annals of Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association and Biometrika.

Research Foci

The research foci of the Operations Management area are supply chain contracting, information sharing in supply chains, the interface of marketing and supply chain management, inventory management, and behavioural operations management.

The research foci of the Statistics area are Bayesian statistics, missing data problems, cluster analysis, semiparametric models, data mining, sequential analysis, stochastic control, financial time series modelling, statistical methods for risk management and nonlinear time series.


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.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated August 20, 2019
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