Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Veterinary Medicine

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement. Currently, the University offers postgraduate research programmes in various disciplines, including business, creative media, energy, engineering, environment, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and other strategic growth areas, including veterinary medicine.

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) was launched in spring 2014 in collaboration with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The JCC is the first of its kind in Hong Kong and is envisioned as a centre of excellence in animal health education, research and discovery, and clinical care in China and the Asia-Pacific region. A key part of CityU’s Life Sciences Initiative, the college offers a postgraduate research programme leading to interdisciplinary PhD degrees in veterinary medicine.

Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Veterinary Medicine

This is an interdisciplinary programme open to outstanding graduate students who wish to conduct state-of-the-art basic, clinical and translational life sciences research alongside research professionals. The programme is student-centred and led by faculty who are accessible, engaged and committed to ensuring that our postgraduate students reach their full potential in research, teaching and professional development. The students will participate in research programmes leading to PhD degrees in one of the following areas:

  • Comparative Biomedical Sciences
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Molecular and Systemic Neuroscience
  • Public Health and Epidemiology

The PhD students will be jointly supervised by a faculty advisor from CityU and a faculty advisor from Cornell University.

Prospective students are encouraged to make contact with CityU faculty members to discuss the proposed research project before application.

Faculty profiles

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health

Department of Neuroscience

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Studentship Award

The programme offers studentships to PhD students. Each studentship provides a full stipend for a period of up to four years. For awardees needing more than four years to complete their PhD studies, additional support may be provided. The programme also allows each awardee to spend up to 12 months working in the Cornell faculty advisor’s laboratory in Ithaca, New York.

Information and Application

We invite applications from qualified candidates with a bachelor degree or higher in all areas of life sciences and medicine, with preference given to graduates with training in veterinary medicine. Please submit an application online ( as soon as possible in order to receive full consideration. The entire application package should include academic transcripts, English proficiency test TOEFL or IELTS scores (CET-6 result is not accepted for this programme), a personal statement explaining why the applicant is interested in the programme, and two letters of recommendation. The Admission Committee will take into account the following factors in making admission decisions: academic excellence; research ability and potential; communication and interpersonal skills; and leadership abilities.


Please refer to the "Curriculum Information Record" for details.

Curriculum Information Record effective from Semester A 2023/2024 onwards
Curriculum Information Record effective in academic year 2022/2023
Curriculum Information Record effective in academic year 2020/2021 - 2021/2022
Curriculum Information Record effective in academic year 2019/2020 
Curriculum Information Record effective between academic years 2017/2018 to 2018/2019

For further information on the programme, please contact

Student Handbook

Student Handbook 2023 - 2024
Student Handbook 2022 - 2023
Student Handbook 2021 - 2022
Student Handbook 2020 - 2021