College of Business

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We aim to be a globally-oriented business school, producing innovative and impactful business knowledge, and nurturing leaders for a sustainable future: a key business education hub — in China for the world. The College of Business is internationally accredited by AACSB International and EQUIS.  According to the latest UTD World Rankings of Business Schools, the College is also ranked 36th worldwide and 3rd in Asia based on its research contributions in 2015-2019. With a team of about 200 faculty members recruited from around the world, the six academic departments in the College will admit and nurture research students in a diverse range of inter-disciplinary research areas. Our demonstrated strength and international competitiveness in some main research areas are listed below.

PhD Programme Director

Prof. LIU Guangwu
3442-8304
3442-0151
guanliu@cityu.edu.hk


Department of Accountancy

Research in accounting covers a broad spectrum of issues in the areas of financial accounting, auditing, and corporate governance. The major foci in the department include: (1) various accounting issues related to Debt Contracting such as debt covenant violation, debt monitoring, credit quality assessment and the Credit Market in general and Credit Pricing in particular (particularly the market for credit instruments such as credit default swaps); (2) Corporate Governance and External Monitoring issues in the China, US, and international settings as they relate to ownership structures, institutional infrastructures, legal regimes, information environments; (3) Fraud Detection and Tax Avoidance issues such as financial restatement and accounting and auditing enforcement by regulators such as the SEC and/or the CSRC and economic consequences of corporate tax avoidance, economic consequences of internal control reporting, accounting quality versus credit quality, tax complexity and tax compliance; (4) Accounting Disclosure issues such as disclosure and audit quality, earnings management, accounting conservatism, voluntary disclosures or management earnings guidance, and audit pricing.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. YU Yangxin
3442-7962 (Direct line) / 3442-7760 (General enquiry line)
3442-0349
yangxin.yu@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Economics and Finance

Economics research expertise of the Department includes: (1) International Economics: Trade Policy; Intellectual Property Protection; FDI and  Global Sourcing; International Migration; International Financial Crises; Exchange Rate Economics; Purchasing Power Parity; Capital Mobility; Globalization; (2) Microeconomics: Auction Theory; Mechanism Design; Experimental Economics; Game Theory; Industrial Organization;; Contract Theory; Political Economy; (3) Macroeconomics: Business Cycles; Endogenous Growth; Structural Change; Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Real Estate and Urban Economics; Labor Economics; Consumer Credit; and (4) Econometrics: Econometric Theory; Economic Forecasting; Bayesian Econometrics.

 

Finance research expertise includes: (1) Corporate Finance: Capital Structure; Payout Policy; Capital Raising; Real Investment; Firm-bank Relationship; Mergers and Acquisitions; Restructuring; Hedging; Corporate Governance and Control; (2) Asset Pricing: Equilibrium Asset Pricing; Equity Return-risk Relationship; Term Structure of Interest Rates; Derivatives Pricing; Financial Engineering; and (3) Investments and Capital Markets: Financial Investments; Market Microstructure; Anomalies; International Financial Management; Financial Services and Intermediation; Fund Management; Credit Risk Management.


Research Degree Coordinator

For enquiries related to the Economics area – Dr. TAM Xuansong
3442-2163 / 3442-9583
3442-0289
xuanstam@cityu.edu.hk

For enquiries related to the Finance area – Dr. QI Yaxuan
3442-9967 / 3442-9583
3442-0289
yaxuanqi@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Information Systems

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Information Systems develops scholars who can draw on the concepts and methods of information technology, organizational behavior and strategy, and economics in conducting research on complex issues arising from the design, application and management of information systems in organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on the links between theory and practice and upon the practical application of innovative information systems methods and techniques to business and organizational problems for firms operating within a global business environment. The research methodologies employed range from behavioral methods (both qualitative and quantitative), technical modelling to econometrics. Main areas of research include (1) Knowledge and Innovation Management; (2) Electronic/Mobile Commerce; (3) Online Social Networks; (4) IS related policy and economic analysis; (5) Healthcare; (6) Cyber Security; (7) Big Data; and (8) Financial Information Services.


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Kai LIM
3442-8045
3442-0370
iskl@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Management

Research foci/expertise in the Department include: (1) Organizational Behaviour: Leadership; Motivation; Creativity and Proactivity; Citizenship and Counterproductive Work Behaviour; Conflict Resolution and Negotiation; Risk and Uncertainty Management; Ethics; Organizational Justice; Work Stress; Emotions; Job Attitudes; Team Dynamics; Cross-Cultural Management; Organizational Change; (2) Human Resources Management: Strategic Human Resource Management; Recruitment & Selection; Training & Development; Selection and Assessment; (3) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management: New Venture Creation and Management; Venture Capital Firm; IPO; New Product Management; Innovation and Creativity; (4) International Business: Internationalization Strategy; International Entry Modes; MNC Control and Staffing; Intercultural Communication; Comparative Management; Culture and Cognition, Cross-Cultural Research Methods; (5) Strategic Management: Corporate Strategy; Corporate Governance; Competitive and Cooperative Strategy; Strategies in Emerging/Transition Economies; Decision-Making; Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A); Top Management Teams; (6) Corporate Social Responsibility: Business Ethics; Stakeholder Management; Corporate Social Responsibility.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. WANG Long
3442-7181
3442-0309
longwang@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Management Sciences

Research expertise in the Department can be grouped into two streams: (1) Operations research and operations management in a broad sense, including specific areas such as healthcare management, inventory management, revenue management, financial engineering, sustainable operations, supply chain and logistics management, and interdisciplinary research between operations and risk management/marketing/finance/accounting; (2) Business analytics in a board base sense, including big data analytics, data mining, econometrics, credit risk management, optimization, simulation/decision models, marketing analytics, healthcare analytics, and market research.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. LU Ye
3442-8656
3442-0189
yelu22@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Marketing

Research foci/expertise in the Department include: (1) Business Markets: marketing channels, interfirm governance, relationship marketing, network theory; (2) Strategic Marketing and International Business: international strategic alliance, foreign direct investment, global sourcing strategy, knowledge management, organizational learning; (3) Internet Marketing: online consumer behaviour, online advertising, online gaming, social media, and online retailing; (4) Consumer Behaviour: psychological, social and cultural aspects of consumer behaviour; (5) Quantitative Marketing and Marketing Modelling.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. ZHAO Huazhong
3442-9910
3442-0346
h.zhao@cityu.edu.hk



College of Engineering

College of Engineering

The College comprises eight academic units providing quality education programmes with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies: Architecture and Civil Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Systems Engineering and Engineering Management; and Building Science and Technology.

 

The College has a strong international reputation in research, as evidenced by recent international rankings:

 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – by subjects (2019)

  • Automation & Control: 14th
  • Biomedical Engineering: 25th
  • Civil Engineering: 51st –75th
  • Computer Science & Engineering: 41st
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 51st -75th
  • Instruments Science & Technology: 39th
  • Materials Science & Engineering: 51st –75th
  • Mechanical Engineering: 76th –100th
  • Metallurgical Engineering: 29th
  • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology: 47th
  • Telecommunication Engineering: 15th
  • Transportation Science & Technology: 51st –75th

 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings

Worldwide: 52nd (2020)

 

By subjects (2020)

Top 100 in:

  • Architecture / Built Environment
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Science

 

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking (2019)

By fields - Engineering

  • Hong Kong : 1st
  • Worldwide:   21st

 

U.S. News and World Report University Rankings (2020)

  • City U is ranked 1st in Best Global Universities for Engineering and for Computer Science in Hong Kong.

 

Furthermore, the remarkable achievements of the College are exemplified by the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, the Chinese National Engineering Research Center: Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Center, and a number of research centres in Nano-organic Functional Materials and Devices, Chaos and Complex Networks, Robotics and Automation etc.


Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Research expertise in the Department mainly focuses on Built Environment which includes: (1) Civil Engineering (including Structural, Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Engineering Management): Computational mechanics; Engineering mechanics; Nano-mechanics; Composite structures; Wind engineering; Hydrology; Environmental engineering; Seismic response and disasters; Structural integrity and diagnosis; Construction materials;; Experimental soil mechanics; Micromechanics of soils; Machine learning and data analytics in geotechnical engineering; Geotechnical risk; Reliability and uncertainty; Landslides; Infra-structural engineering; Transportation; Pedestrian flow; Construction Engineering Management. (2) Architectural Engineering: Building systems and facilities management; Energy, natural and artificial lighting; Thermal comfort, indoor and regional air quality; Building sustainability; Fire safety engineering, Evacuation.  (3) Architecture:  Construction and land economy; Architectural design, history, theory, ecology and technology; Landscape architecture. (4) Surveying and Urban Planning: Building information modelling; Building contracts and laws, and Disputes and resolutions; Real estate development, Urbanism, urban design and planning.  


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. K M LIEW
3442-6581
3442-0427
kmliew@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Department offers BEng, MSc and MPhil/PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering. Research areas of the Department include: (1) Biomedical Imaging and Bioinstrumentation: Advanced biophotonics and novel imaging systems, Image analysis and image-guided interventions, Bioinstrumentation for imaging, disease diagnosis, and therapeutics. (2) Cell and Tissue Engineering: Micro/nanotechnology for cellular engineering, Biomaterial design and engineering for regenerative medicine, drug delivery and nano-medicine, Biomechanics and mechanobiology. (3) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Biomedical Applications: Bio/medical robotics and control systems, Artificial intelligence for biomedical applications. (4) Biosensors and Health Informatics: Biosensor and largescale biomedical data, Machine learning facilitated biomedical clouds/service, integrative microfluidic platform for precision medicine, and wearable/smart materials for healthcare.


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Dongan Wang
3442-9542
3442-0172
dwang229@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Computer Science

Research focus and expertise in the Department include: (1) Multimedia Computing:  Computer Vision; Computer Graphics; Audio Analysis; Speech Processing; Natural Language Analysis; Computer Games; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Mixed Reality; Medical Imaging; Image Processing; Image and Video Coding; Human Motion Analysis; Perception, Neuroscience and Brain Informatics; Multimedia Analytics; Multimedia Information Retrieval; Wearable Computing; Social Media; Mobile Media; Pen Computing; Human Computer Interaction; Multi-modal Data Fusion; (2) Computer Systems and Security: Information Security; Cloud Computing; Internet of Things (IoT); Mobile Computing; Distributed Algorithms and Systems; Data Center Networks; Cyber-Physical Systems; Vehicular Networks; Sensor Networks; Wireless Security; Wearable Sensing; Traffic Estimation; Urban Computing; (3) Applied Algorithms: Bioinformatics; Data and Internet Security; Equilibrium Algorithms; Scheduling; Applied Cryptography; Algorithmic Game Theory; Heuristics; Blockchain; Cryptocurrency; (4) Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics: Knowledge Management; Data Science; Big Data Analytics; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; Database; Optimization; Text Mining; Information Retrieval; Semantic Object Modeling; Data Mining; Data Warehousing; Multimedia Data Indexing; XML and Interoperability; Workflow and Web Services; Recommender Systems; Sentiment Analysis; Deep Learning; Generative Models; Supervised Learning; Semi-supervised Learning; Unsupervised Learning; Neural Networks; (5) Systems, Software Engineering and Internet Applications: Internet Applications; Embedded Systems; Parallel Architecture; Real-time Systems; Software Engineering; E-commerce; E-learning; Innovative Technology for Education; Programming Languages and Systems; Empirical Software Engineering; Software Data Analytics; Software Quality; System Modelling; Software Defect Prediction; Software Effort Estimation; Software Testing; Software Project Management; Machine Learning in Software Engineering; Decentralized Application; Program Debugging; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Storage Systems; (6) Evolutionary Computation: Multiobjective Optimization; Swarm Intelligence; Multi-agent Evolutionary Optimization; Neurodynamic Optimization; Intelligent Control; Intelligent Marine Vehicles; Decomposition Based Algorithms; Computational Intelligence; Fuzzy Systems.


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Sam KWONG
3442-8580
3442-0503
cssamk@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Electrical Engineering

The Department offers research degree studies in a wide range of research areas which include (1) Applied Electromagnetics: antenna theory and design; millimetre-wave devices and circuits; terahertz science and technology; computational electromagnetics; and electromagnetic compatibility; (2) Optoelectronics, Electronics, Nanotechnology and Biosystems: fiber and integrated optics; plasmonics/metasurfaces; semiconductor lasers; nanophotonics; nanomaterials; nanofabrication; micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS); biomedical sensors and microsystems; neural implants and prosthesis; holography; electronic product reliability; power electronics; and smart grids (3) Wireless Communications: wireless communications; wireless sensor networks; information theory; coding theory and techniques; signal processing theory and methods; visible light communications; and data storage systems; (4) Networking: optical networks; wireless networks; computer networks; neural networks; machine learning; visualization and graphics; queueing theory; performance evaluation; and security and cryptography; (5) Computer Engineering and Control Systems:  intelligent and networked control; complex networks; artificial intelligence; machine learning; nonlinear circuits and systems; signal processing; pattern recognition; biomedical imaging; bioinformatics; computational neurosciences; computer graphics and vision; cloud computing; computer architecture; embedded systems; and evolutionary computing.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Bernard CHIU
3442-7199
3442-0562
bcychiu@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department has state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization facilities for a wide range of research areas related to materials science and engineering. The faculty members of the Department carry out both fundamental and applied research under the three major targeted areas, namely, Computational materials, Functional materials and Structural materials. (1) Computational materials include density functional theory calculation, molecular dynamics simulation, phase field modelling and multiscale modeling of mechanics of materials. For (2) Functional materials, key elements include materials physics, nanomaterials, organic light-emitting diode, photovoltaic materials, magnetic materials and spintronics, materials for renewable energy, plasma science and processing, sensing and detection, optical spectroscopy, photonics and optoelectronics. Finally, (3) Structural materials encompass phase transformations, SMT solder joints, creep and life assessment, in-service behaviour of materials, stress analysis, electron microscopy, structural materials design, surface science and engineering, thin films and coatings, metals and alloys, plastics and composites, shape memory alloys, and electrical ceramics. In addition, members of the Department have collaboration around the world and are well-recognised in their research expertise. The ultimate goal of the department is to prepare graduates with professional and leadership skills for the future world.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. ZHI Chunyi
3442-7891
3442-0892
cy.zhi@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Mechanical Engineering

Academic programmes offered by the Department span from BEng degrees with Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear and Risk Engineering majors, MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, to MPhil/PhD degrees  in disciplines such as Nano/Molecular Engineering, Sustainable Manufacturing, Materials Engineering, and Robotics/Mechatronics/Automation. Research areas of the Department include (1) Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Design; Rapid Prototyping; Flexible Assembly Systems; Solid Mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Physical Metallurgy & Material Forming; Experimental Mechanics; Tribology; Surface Engineering & Thin Films; Structural Materials; Neural-Controlled Robots; Micro/Bio/Nano Robotics; Mobile/Flying Robots; Industrial Robots; Intelligent Control; Remote Sensing & Control; Intelligent Sensor Networks; Radio Frequency Identification (RFID); Automatic Materials Handling; Automation for Entertainment & Healthcare; Machine Vision. (2) Nuclear and Risk Engineering: Nuclear Safety; Nuclear Power Management; Nuclear Materials; Nuclear Medicine; Risk Assessment and Management; Emergency Management.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Yong YANG
3442-9394
3442-0172
yonyang@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

The Department provides high quality educational and research experiences in disciplines related to industrial and systems engineering and engineering management, preparing graduates for professional and leadership roles in industry and academia. The Department carries out research in a number of multidisciplinary areas. Research in Systems Engineering covers areas such as operations research, statistics, reliability, risk analysis, data mining, manufacturing systems, logistics & the supply chain, and human factors engineering. Research in Engineering Management spans innovation, entrepreneurship, project management, operations management, quality management, and engineering asset management.


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Min XIE
3442-9596
3442-0173
minxie@cityu.edu.hk



College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at City University provides leading educational programmes in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is home to eight academic units spanning a wide range of subjects. These are the Departments of Asian and International Studies; Chinese and History; Linguistics and Translation; English; Media and Communication; Public Policy; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Chan Feng Men-ling Chan Shuk-lin Language Centre.

In the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, CLASS is ranked 69th in Social Sciences and Management and 113th for Arts and Humanities among over 1200 universities. With respect to individual subjects, CLASS also puts in a strong performance. Three of the departments in the College are now ranked in the Top 50. Social Policy & Administration is ranked 35th amongst world's top universities by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. In the same ranking exercise, Communication and Media Studies is ranked 38th and Linguistics is ranked 39th in the world, which has been in the Top 50 for ten consecutive years since 2011;  English Language and Literature, Modern Languages, and Politics & International Studies are ranked in the Top 100. The College prides itself in its research reputation, and is also concerned to provide excellent opportunities for research degrees at the level of MPhil and PhD studies.


Department of Asian and International Studies

Hong Kong is at the crossroads of Asia. What happens in this region strongly impacts the whole world. The Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) is dedicated to researching key global issues with an Asian focus. AIS is multi-disciplinary, with particular strengths in comparative politics and international relations as well as development studies, history, anthropology, and cultural studies. AIS has regional strengths in Japan, Korea, China and the countries of Southeast Asia (backed by the Southeast Asia Research Centre, the only research centre focusing on this region in Hong Kong). AIS has faculty from around the world, coming from 13 different countries with degrees from some of the world’s leading universities. Most faculty speak one or more regional languages, and we put an emphasis on fieldwork in the region. AIS faculty publish in top tier journals and academic presses while making regular high impact contributions to the international and local media (including the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera as well as Bloomberg, China Daily, TIME, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times and the South China Morning Post). International reviewers have praised AIS's recruitment of PhD students from world-leading universities (such as Sciences Po, Edinburgh, and NUS), its MA student graduates have entered PhD positions at top institutions such as Berkeley and Cambridge as well as getting top jobs in a variety of fields, while its BA student graduates have secured positions at major international organisations (including the UN), important NGOs, in journalism, innovative businesses, as well as going on to postgraduate study.  In recent QS rankings, AIS was consistently ranked within the top 100 universities for Politics and International Studies and Development studies. We are a research-intensive department, with Politics and International Studies, core fields of AIS, ranked first in Hong Kong for citations per paper - and second in Asia - as well as first in Hong Kong for its H-index.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Nicholas THOMAS
3442-5301
3442-0180
ndthomas@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Chinese and History

Research foci and expertise in the Department include: (1) Chinese Language, Literature and Culture: Chinese Classical Studies (jingxue), Chinese Literary Criticism, Chinese Philosophy, Classical Chinese Language, Classical Chinese Literature, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture; (2) Comparative Literature, Cross-cultural Studies and Cultural Heritage:  Comparative Literature, East Asian Literature and Culture, Cultural Studies,            Cultural Heritage  and (3) Chinese History: Urban History, Buddhism History, Medical History, History of Arts, Ming-Qing Studies, Modern China, History of Cultural Exchange. The programme places equal importance on the use of Chinese and English languages.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. TSUI Lik Hang
3442-2101
3442-0508
lhtsui@cityu.edu.hk

Dr. FAN Ka Wai
3442-2472
3442-0508
cikwfan@cityu.edu.hk



Department of English

Research strengths in the Department include: (1) Discourse Analysis: conversation analysis, corpus-assisted discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, mediated discourse analysis, multimodal discourse analysis, pragmatics, semiotics, and text analysis;(2) Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching: identity, intercultural communication, language policy and planning, pedagogical grammar, second language acquisition, second language writing, self-access learning, language teacher identity; (3) Professional Communication: business communication, English for specific purposes, language and law, persuasive communication, rhetoric of science, health and risk communication; (4) Language, Technology, and Media: computer-assisted language learning, digital literacies, language and mobile communication, and online discourse; and (5) English-medium Instruction: incidental language acquisition in the English-medium environment, pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in EMI settings, professional discoursal skills in EMI; and (6) Literary Studies: World literature in English, postcolonial literature, modern and contemporary novel, nineteenth-century literature and culture, crime fiction, travel writing and comparative literature.  (7) Theatre and Performance Studies: Modern and contemporary drama, performance studies; (8) Cultural Studies: Film studies and visual culture, fashion studies, creative industries and popular culture.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Lindsay MILLER
3442-8854
3442-0288
enlinds@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Linguistics and Translation

Research foci and expertise in the Department include: (1) General Linguistics: Chinese Linguistics, Formal Linguistics, Functional Linguistics, Systemic-Functional Grammar, Lexicography, Morphology, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Phonetics and Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Terminology, Conversation Analysis, and Text Linguistics; (2) Corpus and Empirical Linguistics: Computational Linguistics, Corpus linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Empirical Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, and Lexical Semantics; (3) Pedagogical Linguistics: Applied Linguistics, Linguistics-Based Pedagogy to Language Teaching, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Contrastive Study of English and Chinese, Second Language Learning and Teaching, and Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages; (4) Translation and Interpretation: Computer-Aided Translation, Discourse Analysis, Language and Law, Machine Translation, Translation and Literature, Translation Theories, Media and Film Translation, Interpreting and Translation Studies, and Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpretation.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Alex FANG
3442-8793
3442-0359
alex.fang@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Media and Communication

Research foci of the Department includes: (1) New Media and Technology: diffusion, use, and effects of communication technology; impact of online and mobile media; computer-mediated communication; human-computer interaction; policy and regulation; business strategy; (2) Media Institutions and Society: state-society-media relationships; news production; media organizations; journalists and professionalism; social influence of media content; (3) Political Communication: public opinion, civic and political participation, political campaigns; (4) Media Psychology and Effects: cognitive processing, media effects; interactive advertising; (5) Computational Communication Research: social media/network analysis, big data mining; computational social science; (6) Health Communication: persuasion, healthcare narratives, health message processing; (7) Strategic Communication: public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communications.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Marko SKORIC
3442-8990
3442-0228
mskoric@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Public Policy

In the Department of Public Policy, our education programmes strive towards producing high quality public policy professionals who will emerge as leaders in a wide range of organisational contexts: public, private, non-governmental and voluntary sectors. Students experience a vibrant academic environment which enables them to engage creatively and critically with the key policy challenges facing the contemporary world-locally, regionally and globally.

Our graduates will be people who can communicate effectively and work in teams, possess strong leadership skills and have robust analytical skills to dissect societal problems and recommend improvements to society. The personal development of students is central to our education and is enhanced through international experience, residential workshops, internships and experiential-learning. For students to develop to their full potential our expert faculty expect students to come to class fully prepared to study and participate in course discussions.

The Department is multidisciplinary and multinational that brings an energetic international and local orientation to the classroom. Many faculty members are leaders in their fields of education, research and community engagement. The Department can lay strong claims to be the leading department in its field in the region. For example, the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities places our public administration/management research 1st in Hong Kong, 1st in Asia and 14th in the world and political science 1st in Hong Kong and joint 4th in Asia and in the top 200 in the world.


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. GONG, Ting (For enquiries, please contact Miss Cris TSAI)
3442-4667
3442-0413
tgong2@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Research foci/expertise in the Department includes: (1) Applied Sociology: work, labour, class, organization, community, family, gender, ethnicity, deviance, welfare, politics, life quality, social capital, social movement, social policy, social problem, civil society, and social development; (2) Psychology: self-concept, educational psychology, intimate relationship, stress and negative emotions, health psychology, positive ageing, creativity, idol worship, aggression, resilience, and human values; (3) Social Work: casework, groupwork, community work; working with children, youth, elderly and family; family violence, empowerment-oriented practice with socially disadvantaged groups, conflict management and mediation, volunteerism, and social work management and supervision; (4) Counselling: cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, family therapy, parent education and support, marriage enrichment, and psychotherapy process; and (5) Criminology: restorative justice, youth justice, organized crime, juvenile delinquency, Chinese criminology,  anti-corruption, policing, crime prevention, school bullying, gang and outreach youth work, and cybercrime. Existing research works very often tap on the expertise of different disciplines. For example, the development of caregiver assessment model is supported by a team from social work, and psychology discipline.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Marcus CHIU
3442-5218
3442-0283
marcus.chiu@cityu.edu.hk/ss.rdp@cityu.edu.hk



College of Science

College of Science

The College of Science (CSCI) and our three academic departments strive to offer quality research degree programmes in physical sciences: Chemistry; Mathematics; and Physics.  Drawing upon the diverse expertise of the internationally recognized faculties and the state-of-the-art research facilities, the College offers focused curriculum and rigorous research training to our research degree students. With a vision to generate research of regional and global impact in theoretical and applied sciences, the College equip the students with transferrable skills and attributes necessary for a career in academia and beyond.

 

The excellence in research as accomplished by the College can be highlighted by the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (City University of Hong Kong), the Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films and the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences. In addition, the College has a strong international reputation in research and our outstanding academic rankings are highlighted below.

 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020

Top 100 in Mathematics

Top 150 in Chemistry

Top 200 in Physics

 

US News: Global University Rankings 2020

32nd  in Mathematics

Top 200 in Chemistry

 

 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019

Top 100 in Mathematics

Top 150 in Chemistry

 

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking (2019) – Mathematics

1st in Hong Kong

10th Asia-Pacific

31st  worldwide


Department of Chemistry

The Department is very unique in a multidisciplinary nature by integrating Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science. Research focus/ expertise in the Department include:

 

(1) Synthetic Chemistry: green chemistry; spectroscopy and catalysis; catalyst design and synthesis; organic electroluminescent devices; inorganic photo-responsive and luminescent chemosensors; organometallic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis;

 

(2) Materials Chemistry: green materials / manufacturing; organic and inorganic functional materials; nanoscience and nanotechnology; organic light-emitting devices; crystal phase control; solar cells;

 

(3) Biological Chemistry: chemical biology; bioinorganic chemistry; bioorganic chemistry; developmental and cell biology; nano-biotechnology and biosensing; DNA and RNA chemistry; genomics and biotechnology; proteomics and metabolomics;

 

(4) Computational Chemistry: energetics and reactivities of chemical species; mechanisms of chemical reactions;

 

(5) Environmental Chemistry: freshwater and marine pollution; aquatic ecology and conservation; renewable energy, energy storage and management, energy efficiency and conservation; ecotoxicology; environmental monitoring; environmental impact and risk assessment.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Guangyu ZHU
3442-6857
3442-0522
guangzhu@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Mathematics

Research strengths/disciplines of the Department include: (1) Applied Analysis: asymptotic and perturbation methods, dynamical system, inverse problems, kinetic theory, learning theory, partial differential equations, special functions, approximation theory, stochastic analysis; (2) Computational Mathematics: complexity theory, numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, scientific computation, computational electromagnetics; image processing; (3) Mathematical Modelling: control and system theory, fluid mechanics, elasticity, granular materials, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, mathematics of new materials, plate and shell theory; (4) Probability and Statistics: statistical machine learning and data mining, model selection and assessment, high dimensional data analysis, biomedical statistics.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Dan DAI
3442-5995
3442-0250
dandai@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Physics

Research focus/expertise in the Department include: (1) Theoretical and Computational Physics: condensed matter theory, computational solid state physics, computational electrodynamics, computational chemistry, computational biology physics, quantum computation and information, quantum simulation with cold atoms; (2) Spectroscopy and Imaging: sophisticated experiments involving quantum beams such as synchrotron x-ray, neutron, electron, coherent light, and NMR, the structure and phase transition in glass and liquids, Boson peak and the dynamics of glass and liquids, quantum interactions such as spin-orbital coupling in multiferroics; (3) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics: mechanism of noise and decoherence, open quantum system and quantum entanglement, non-equilibrium physics in AMO system, opto-mechanics, photonic crystals and metamaterials; (4) Low-dimensional Systems: topological quantum computing and Majorana fermions, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, topological and dynamical phenomena and Bose-Einstein condensation and spin-orbit coupling, quantum Hall Effect, transport phenomena, superconductivity, frustrated magnetism, topological superconductors, 2D materials, heterostructures and interfaces; (5) Soft Matter and Biophysics: dynamics of protein and subcellular processes, emergent phenomena in live cells, non-equilibrium mechanisms in active living matter, biological networks, biological and clinical experiments, novel physics-based data acquisition protocol, instrumentation in biomedical imaging, radiation biophysics, ion-track technology.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr Shubo WANG
3442-9143
3442-0538
shubwang@cityu.edu.hk



Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

The College strives to be at the frontier of veterinary and biomedical research and discovery. Our cutting-edge research in these areas thematically operates under the “One Health” concept, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human and animal health. The College fosters interdisciplinary collaborations involving a wide range of scientific disciplines aimed at achieving optimal health outcomes for people, animals and the environment within a local, regional and international context.

 

The College offers five PhD programmes at college and departmental levels:

1.      Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Medicine (offered at college level);

2.      Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences;

3.      Doctor of Philosophy in Infectious Diseases and Public Health;

4.      Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience;

5.      Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

 

The PhD programme in Veterinary Medicine is an interdisciplinary programme, jointly supervised by CityU and faculty from Cornell University, open to outstanding graduate students who wish to conduct state-of-the-art basic, clinical and translational life sciences research alongside highly experienced research professionals. The programme is student-centered 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 admitted to the programme will be eligible to undertake research work as research interns for up to 12 months at the Cornell University. The students will participate in research programmes leading to PhD degrees in one of the following areas:

 

•        Comparative Biomedical Sciences

•        Immunology & Infectious Disease

•        Molecular & Systemic Neuroscience

•        Public Health & Epidemiology

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Xin DENG
3442-5693
3442-0549
xindeng@cityu.edu.hk


Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department carries out internationally competitive research and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in biomedical sciences. Its research programmes aim to understand fundamental mechanisms of biological processes and diseases, and translate new knowledge into the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for prediction, prevention, and treatment of human diseases. Departmental research focuses on four strategic areas:

 

  • Cancer biology and therapy;
  • Genomics and bioinformatics;
  • Regenerative medicine; and
  • Infectious diseases and immunity.

 

Multidisciplinary approaches are employed and supported by a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment with cutting-edge techniques in areas including molecular and cell biology, genetics and genomics, physiology and pharmacology, systems biology and bioinformatics, microbiology and immunology, and biotechnology and nanotechnology.


Research Degree Coordinator

Dr Xin Wang
3442-2367
3442-0549
Xin.wang@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health

The Department focuses on One Health, an area spanning the health of animals, humans and the environment. Our principal research areas include:

 

  • enhancing an understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of infectious diseases in animals, with the overarching aim of improving methods for their diagnosis and control
  • improving animal health and welfare through application of more effective disease control methods
  • supporting the efficient and economic production of safe, both terrestrial and aquatic, animal-based food and other derived products
  • monitoring current and emerging infectious diseases in animals that may impact on human health, including drug-resistant pathogens
  • fostering collaborations between medical and veterinary personnel in the provision of targeted public health measures
  • improving animal welfare through research, teaching and public education

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Jun LI
3442-6732

junli53@cityu.edu.hk



Department of Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a rapidly growing discipline that acknowledges the remarkable importance of the brain, the most complicated biological machine. Modern neuroscientists have skills suited for a variety of career options including research, education, industry and medicine, to name a few. The field is driven by discovery and translational research that is interdisciplinary in nature and benefits from City University’s strong programs in biomedical sciences, computational science, applied mathematics and engineering.  Neuroscience is entering a period of extraordinary opportunity for translating basic findings into treatments for diseases such as stroke, dementia and Parkinson disease.  Research is conducted across a broad range of topics from the molecules that underlie neuronal communication to the mechanisms of sensory perception to the events that underlie memory and learning.  Major research areas include:

 

  • The physiology and neurochemistry of memory and learning
  • Psychophysics of visual and auditory perception
  • Normal and abnormal functions of neuronal circuits
  • Neurophysiology of animal behavior
  • The pathophysiology of nerve and brain injury and repair
  • Neuroglial cell functions in normal and disease states

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Sir Colin BLAKEMORE
3442-2747

colin.blakemore@cityu.edu.hk

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences has a clear vision to be Asia’s preeminent body advancing veterinary clinical science in response to evolving societal needs.

 

The research mission of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences is to advance animal health through cutting-edge clinical research. We seek to deliver translational solutions for common and emerging clinical problems. Our research themes include:

 

•        Disease emergence in shelter-housed animals

•        Viral oncology

•        Advancing animal welfare

•        Advancing veterinary medical education

•        Production diseases in farm animals

•        Equine diseases and welfare


Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Vanessa Rosemary Duke BARRS
3442-2943

vrdbarrs@cityu.edu.hk



School of Creative Media

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Established in 1998, the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong is the birthplace of a new generation of transmedia specialists – professionals who are not only skilled in the technology of digital media but who can also integrate a multiplicity of media forms. The School has now established itself to be a leader in creative media education in Asia.

 

The School’s interdisciplinary research activities encompass and combine all aspects of art and new media creation, incorporating methodologies based in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences: multimedia technology, video and image computing, distributed mobile computing and wireless networking, artificial intelligence and data management systems, software engineering and internet applications, multimodal interface design, interactive and embodied media, virtual and augmented reality, the cinematic arts, photography, computer graphics and animation, musical composition and performance, sound art, installation arts, urban media art, game design, physical computing, digital cultural heritage, and historical, theoretical, and critical analyses of all of these areas, including ethical, social and aesthetic implications of emerging technologies on art and new media creation.

 

The School is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities with VR/AR development kits, 4K cameras, advanced immersive digital visualization systems, including a 360-degree 3D projection environment and one of the industry’s best 24-camera optical motion capture systems. The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, designed by the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, provides purpose-built facilities for the School in nurturing the next generation of transmedia specialists and has become an iconic landmark in the territory. It is a hub for creative professionals from all over the world seeking new opportunities for collaboration in the rapidly-evolving creative industries.

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. FU Hongbo
3442-4302
3442-0408
hongbofu@cityu.edu.hk


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School of Data Science

School of Data Science

The School of Data Science at CityU is the first one in Hong Kong and one of the first in the world to lead the development of this new discipline. The faculty is composed of interdisciplinary academic leaders in multiple domains including theoretical analysis, algorithm development, smart cities and Industry 4.0, and applications in fintech, energy, environment, public health, and precision medicine. Our PhD programme aims at offering students solid fundamentals of data science in machine learning, statistics, computing, data analytics, and optimization, as well as contributing to the state-of-the-art research in data science. Selected research areas include:

 

  • Machine learning theory and algorithms (including deep learning, statistical learning, and reinforcement learning, etc.)
  • Artificial intelligence and implementations via cloud and edge computing
  • Optimization and control powered by data driven approaches
  • Smart cities and Industry 4.0 (including Internet of Things, smart operations and manufacturing, blockchain, shared economy, transportation, etc.)
  • Applications of data science (including business analytics, financial technology (FinTech), social media analytics, legal data analytics, healthcare systems, energy systems, etc.)

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. WANG Junhui
3442-2153
3442-0250
junhwang@cityu.edu.hk


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School of Energy and Environment

School of Energy and Environment

The School of Energy and Environment aims to (a) advance research in targeted themes of benefit to societal needs in energy, environment, and sustainability, (b) educate engineers and professionals adopting holistic approaches which provide innovative solutions to local and regional problems in energy, environment, and sustainability, and (c) maintain a collaborative and supportive atmosphere for students, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders in advancing our interdisciplinary research and educational objectives.

 

In our research degree programmes, the School provides opportunities for high quality research students to engage in research activities related to energy or environment that lead to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Faculty members in the School have extensive international experience in areas currently including renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency and conservation, meteorology and climate, air pollution and waste treatment, environmental and energy economics and sustainability.

 

Research focus/expertise in the School includes two major areas: (A) Energy-related  (1) Renewable Energy: Solar cells; Wind; Marine; Biofuels; (2) Energy Storage and Conversion: Fuel cells; Batteries; Power transmission; Electric motors (3) Energy Efficiency: Building energy; Energy audit; Advanced air conditioning; (B) Environment-related (1) Meteorology and Climate: Tropical meteorology, Climate diagnostics, Climate modelling, Climate and hydrological change and impact studies, Atmospheric remote sensing; (2) Air Pollution: Outdoor and indoor air pollution monitoring, modelling and control; Air pollution exposure and impacts; Aerosol science (3) Water and Waste Treatment: Waste-water treatment; Biowaste utilisation; (4) Sustainability: Environmental policy; Energy economics; Carbon management; Green building.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Denis YU
3442-6885
3442-0688
denisyu@cityu.edu.hk


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School of Law

School of Law

The School of Law at CityU fosters a culture of integrated research and teaching, drawing on the expertise of its faculty and a diverse and representative student body, thus contributing to relevant and fundamental research in Hong Kong, China and beyond. The school aspires to attract dedicated postgraduate students to contribute to the School’s varied research activities. Graduate students will benefit from the School’s research culture, which emphasises both fundamental and applied aspects of advanced legal studies and research, while local relevance, comparative insights, and critical analyses are encouraged. The study of law in any given jurisdiction presupposes and necessitates particularity, context and geographical specificity. Law students can therefore first and foremost expect to be trained in the law of Hong Kong. But this fundamental approach does not imply parochialism. The law school's approach is premised on a proper appreciation of the broader regional, cultural and international contexts that impact on the development of the law as a dynamic field of study.

The subject areas offered, and research specialisation areas available at the School of Law, include the usual and expected core curriculum of legal studies, namely private law (the law of persons, contract law, and tort law etc.), commercial law (company law, consumer protection law, competition law etc.), criminal justice (criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and criminology), public law (notably constitutional law, administrative law, and human rights), and international law, including public international law. In addition to the general core curriculum, the School also makes it a priority to teach and do research in strategic areas that add value to its core curriculum, attract postgraduate students, and provide staff with opportunities to develop existing areas of law and to expand the School's impact in specific areas of expertise. These strategic research areas include, but are not limited to, Chinese and Comparative Law, Maritime and Transportation Law, and Arbitration and Dispute Resolution.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Stephen THOMSON
3442-6592
3442-0190
sthomson@cityu.edu.hk


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