Master of Philosophy (MPhil) /
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Code Programme
BMS2/M MPhil Biomedical Sciences
BMS2/P PhD Biomedical Sciences

The research degree programmes are student-centred and led by faculty who are accessible, engaged and committed to ensuring that our research students reach their full potential in research, teaching and professional development. Outstanding students with a bachelor degree or above in life sciences, chemistry, biomedical engineering and medicine (including veterinary medicine) who wish to conduct state-of-the-art basic, clinical and translational life sciences research are encouraged to apply. The students will participate in research degree programmes leading to research degrees in one of the following areas:

  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer Biology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases and Immunity

The admission committee will take into account factors in making admission decisions: academic excellence; research ability and potential; communication and interpersonal skills; and leadership abilities.

Scholarship for Prospective Students

Postgraduate Studentship (PgS)

  • HKD16,500 per month (rate as of 2018/2019)

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

  • HKD25,100 per month (not to be awarded with PgS concurrently)
  • Waiver of tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in the first year of study

Scholarship for Current Students

  • Awards and scholarships such as Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships (one-off cash award with award certificate), Research Tuition Scholarship (exemption of tuition fees), Conference Grant (HKD10,000 in maximum), and Research Activities Fund (monthly allowance of HKD5,000 x 6 in maximum) are open for applications/nominations every year.
  • For HKPFS awardees, conference and research related travel allowance will be HKD12,600 per year.

Tuition Fee

In general, the tuition fee for a full-time research student is HKD3,508 per month in 2018/2019.

Starting from 2018/2019, all eligible local research students enrolled in UGC-funded research postgraduate programmes will be provided with tuition waiver by the Government.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

MPhil applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with first/second class honours (or its equivalent) in a related field. PhD applicants should have a first-class bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in a related field.

All applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the University’s minimum English proficiency requirements:
TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) or 550 (pBT) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing sections), or IELTS overall score of 6.5, or its equivalent.
China’s College English Test Band 6 (CET6) score of 490 or above will be considered case by case.

Key Dates

Admission Year 2020/2021
Application Open Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be considered mainly in one admission round.
Application Deadline Applicants seeking admission in Semester A (fall term) 2020/2021 should submit a full application by 2 December 2019.
Applications received after deadline will be considered subject to the availability of student places.
Announcement of Results March 2020 onwards

How to Apply

1. Explore Opportunities

  • Contact our academic faculty to discuss your research plan
  • Get consent from one faculty staff as your proposed supervisor

2. Prepare for Your Application

3. Apply Online

Quick Links

List of research supervisors

List of current research students

Application procedures

Admission Handbook

Online application system (administered by SGS)


5 June 2019