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


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

Note: The Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Veterinary Sciences (code: VM/P) is administered by Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC). Candidates interested in VM/P should consult their proposed supervisors to submit a separate application through the online application system.

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’s 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

Financial Aid

Postgraduate Studentship (PgS)

  • HKD17,000 per month (rate as of 2019/2020, subject to review every September)

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

  • HKD25,800 per month (rate as of 2019/2020, subject to review every July; not to be awarded with PgS concurrently)
  • Waiver of tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in the first year of study

Other Awards & Scholarships

  • Awards and scholarships such as Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (SGS) 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 is HKD12,900 per year as of academic year 2019/2020.
  • From time to time, other scholarships administered by external organisations are also open for application by research students. Announcements will be made through emails.

Tuition Fee

Student Type Full-time Part-time
Government-funded Students HKD3,508 per month HKD1,754 per month
Self-financing Students HKD7,016 per month HKD3,508 per month

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.

Please refer to SGS’ Admissions Handbook Section 7 for details and other fees.

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, or have a master’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:
IELTS overall score of 6.5, or TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) or 550 (pBT) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing sections), 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
  • Seek consent from one faculty staff as your proposed supervisor

2. Prepare for Your Application

3. Apply Online


The admission committee will take into account various factors in making admission decisions such as academic excellence, research ability and potential, communication and interpersonal skills, leadership abilities and cultural diversity.

Face-to-face/video/telephone interview will be required.

Application Result & Enrolment

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis after the application deadline. Application results will be announced from March 2020 onwards normally. Applicants can check the result through online application system. Successful applicants will also receive email reminders from SGS. They should follow the letter of admission to accept offer and enrol formally as given in the admission notes for candidates admitted to MPhil/PhD programmes.

Quick Links

List of research supervisors

List of current research students and research areas

Application procedures (SGS)

Admissions Handbook (SGS)

Online application system (SGS)

Admission notes for admitted candidates (SGS link with information about offer acceptance, accommodation, student visa, enrolment, fee payment etc.)

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) (SGS)


29 October 2019