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 28th worldwide and 2nd in the Asian Pacific Region based on its research contributions in 2012-2016.  With a team of about 180 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

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)

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: Game theory; Industrial organization; Energy and environmental economics; Contract theory; Political economy; and (3) Macroeconomics: Business cycles; Endogenous growth; Structural change; Fiscal and monetary policy; Real estate and urban economics.


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

For enquiries related to the Finance area – Dr. QI Yaxuan
3442-9967 / 3442-9583

Department of Information Systems

The Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Information Systems develops scholars who can draw on the concepts and methods of information technology and organizational behavior 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

Department of Management

Research foci/expertise in the Department include: (1) Organizational Behavior: Leadership; Motivation; Creativity and Proactivity; Citizenship and Counterproductive Work Behavior; 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 and Selection; Training and 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

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. SHOU Biying

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 behavior, online advertising, online gaming, social media, and online retailing; (4) Consumer Behavior: psychological, social and cultural aspects of consumer behavior; (5) Quantitative Marketing and Marketing Modeling.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. ZHAO Huazhong

College of Engineering

College of Engineering

Under the new structure to be effective from January 2019, the College comprises seven academic units providing quality education programmes with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies: Architecture and Civil Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Computer Science; Electronic 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 (2016)

24th in the World’s Top 200 Universities in the field of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (2018)

48th in Civil & Structural Engineering

50th in Computer Science & Information Systems

Top 100 in the subjects of:

  • Architecture / Built Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking (2017)

  • Hong Kong : 1st
  • Asia-Pacific: 13th
  • Worldwide: 17th

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, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering: Computational mechanics; Engineering mechanics; Nano-mechanics; Composite structures; Wind engineering; Hydrology; Environmental engineering; Seismic response and disasters; Structural integrity and diagnosis; Construction materials; Tunnelling; Geotechnics and geology; Infra-structural engineering; Transportation; Pedestrian flow; Construction Engineering Management. (2) Architecture and 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; Building information modelling; Building contracts and laws; Disputes and resolutions; Real estate development, Construction and land economy; Architectural design, history, theory, ecology and technology; Urbanism, urban design and planning; Landscape architecture.

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. K M LIEW

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, 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.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Peng SHI

Department of Computer Science

Research focus and expertise in the Department include: (1) Multimedia Computing: Computer Vision; Computer Graphics; Music, Speech and Language Processing; Games and Virtual Environments; Augmented/Mixed Reality; Medical Imaging; Image Processing; Image and Video Coding; 3D Human Motion Capture, Analysis and Animation; Perception, Neuroscience and Brain Informatics; Multimedia Analytics; Multimedia Information Retrieval; Multimedia Sensing and Wearable Computing; Social Media and Mobile Media; (2) Distributed Mobile Computing and Wireless Networking: Information Security; Cloud Computing; Internet of Things (IoT); Mobile Computing; Distributed Algorithms and Systems; Internetworking; Wireless Networks; WDM Optical Networks; (3) Applied Algorithms: Bioinformatics; Data and Internet Security; Equilibrium Algorithms; Scheduling; Applied Cryptography; (4) Data Science and Knowledge Management: Data Science Techniques; Big Data Analytics; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; Database; Optimization; Text Mining; Information Retrieval; Semantic Object Modeling; (Web) Data Mining and Warehousing; Mobile/Multimedia Data Indexing and Caching; XML and Interoperability; Workflow and Web Services; (5) Systems, Software Engineering and Internet Applications: Embedded System; Parallel Architecture; Real-time Systems; Software Engineering; E-commerce; E-learning; Innovative Technology for Education; (6) Evolutionary Computation: Multiobjective Evolutionary Computation; Swarm Intelligence; Synergy between Machine Learning, Traditional Optimization and Evolutionary Computation; Multi-agent Evolutionary Optimization.

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Sam KWONG

Department of Electronic 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; power electronics; smart grids; electronic product reliability; and computational neurosciences;


(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; queueing theory; performance evaluation; and network 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; computer graphics and vision; cloud computing; computer architecture; embedded systems; and evolutionary computing.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Joshua LEE

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department has state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization facilities for wide range of research areas related to materials science and engineering. The research area “materials science” of City University of Hong Kong was ranked number 1 in the Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong 2014 results. The faculty members of the Department carry out both fundamental and applied research under the framework of (1) Biomaterials with subfields as biophotonics, biomedical materials and devices; (2) Computational Materials; (3) Functional Materials with subfields as 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, optoelectronics; and (4) Structural Materials with subfields as 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, the 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


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Academic programmes offered by the Department span from BEng degrees with Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear 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

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 includes Reliability Engineering, Risk Analysis, System Informatics, Data Mining, Operation Research, Decision Sciences, Green Manufacturing Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Human Factors Engineering, etc. Research in Engineering Management includes Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Production and Operations Management, Knowledge Management, Quality Engineering and Management, Engineering Asset Management, etc.

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. Min XIE

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 English Language Centre.

In the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, CLASS is ranked 95th for Arts and Humanities and 59th in Social Sciences and Management 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. Linguistics is ranked 32th amongst world's top universities by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, which has been in the Top 50 for nine consecutive years since 2011. In the same ranking exercise, Communication and Media Studies is ranked 27th and Social Policy & Administration is ranked 35th in the world; Development Studies, English Language and Literature, Modern Languages, and Politics & International Studies are ranked in the Top 100. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014, Communications and Media Studies is ranked first in Hong Kong. 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

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 politics and international relations as well as development studies (including environmental and sustainability issues) but also with an emphasis on cultural studies and anthropology as well as offering instruction in Japanese and Korean. AIS is backed by the Southeast Asia Research Centre or SEARC, the only research centre focusing on this region in Hong Kong. AIS staff come from 12 different countries and speak 17 languages, with degrees from some of the world’s leading universities. 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, CNBC, TIME, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post 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) and its MA student graduates have secured PhD positions at top institutions like Berkeley and Cambridge.   AIS was ranked within the top 100 universities for both Development Studies and Politics and International Studies. It was also ranked first in Hong Kong and second in Asia for citations per paper in Politics and International Studies as well as first in Hong Kong and third in Asia for citations per paper in Development Studies.  Both Development Studies and Politics and International Studies are core areas of teaching and research in AIS.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Nicholas THOMAS

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. FAN Ka Wai

Dr. JIN Huan

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

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. Cecilia CHAN

Department of Media and Communication

Research foci of the Department includes: (1) New Media: diffusion, use, and effects of communication technology; impact of online and mobile media; computer-mediated communication; human-computer interaction; policy and regulation; (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.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Marko SKORIC

Department of Public Policy

The Department is a very active research hub on issues in policy and politics, with research foci including but not limited to: (1) China Studies: political economy of market transition; state and society relationships since 1949; public administration and governance; socioeconomic development; Hong Kong politics and Mainland interaction; (2) Politics: regional and international politics; comparative politics; the state and civil society; contemporary Chinese politics; ethics in government; (3) Public Management: collaborative governance; human resources management; e-government; public budget and finance; organizational behaviour, public sector performance, public executive management, policy development and implementation, and current governance and management issues in Hong Kong; (4) Comparative Philosophy and Applied Ethics: East Asian philosophies; social and political theories; health Care, bioethics; justice, law, and civil society; environment; (5) Urban Studies: urban governance and urban politics; neighbourhood change and the contemporary city; urban policy; housing policy; and (6) Environmental Policy: sustainable development; environmental governance and management; energy and climate policy.

Research Degree Coordinator

Prof. GONG, Ting (For enquiries, please contact Miss Cris TSAI)

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, humor, 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 more than just a single discipline. 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

College of Science

College of Science

Under the new structure to be effective from January 2019, the College comprises three academic units providing quality education programmes with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies: Chemistry; Mathematics; and Physics.

The College has a strong international reputation in research. In Mathematics, it was ranked 1st in Hong Kong, 4th in Asia-Pacific and 24th worldwide by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking (2017). It was also within the top 50 internationally by QS World University Rankings (2018) and the top 100 by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2017).

In addition, the excellence in research as accomplished by the College can be highlighted by the State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, and the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

Department of Chemistry

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


(1) Chemistry: Green and synthetic chemistry; green materials/ manufacturing; sustainable development; spectroscopy and catalysis; catalyst design and synthesis; organic electroluminescent devices; inorganic photo-responsive and luminescent chemosensors; organometallic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; biological chemistry; materials chemistry; computational chemistry; environmental chemistry.


(2) Biology: Chemical biology; developmental and cell biology; nano-biotechnology and biosensing; microbiology and bioactive compounds; genomics and biotechnology; proteomics and metabolomics; environmental biology.


(3) Environmental Science: Freshwater and marine pollution; aquatic ecology and conservation; sustainable development in marine ecosystem; renewable energy, energy storage and management, energy efficiency and conservation; environmental physiology; ecotoxicology; environmental biotechnology; environmental physics; environmental monitoring; environmental measurement; remediation technologies; environmental impact and risk assessment.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Guangyu ZHU

Department of Mathematics

Research strengths/disciplines of the Department include: (1) Applied Analysis: asymptotics and perturbation methods, dynamical system, kinetic theory, learning theory, partial differential equations, special functions, approximation theory, stochastic analysis; (2) Computational Mathematics: complexity theory, numerical analysis, scientific computation, computational electromagnetics; (3) Mathematical Modelling: control and system theory, fluid mechanics, elasticity, granular materials, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, mathematics of new material, 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

Department of Physics

Research focus/expertise in the Department include: (1) Theory and Computational Physics: condensed matter theory to study quantum transport, correlated electrons, spintronics and optical processes, computational solid state physics to study structural, electronic, exciton, phonon and magnetic properties of novel systems such as topological and 2-dimensional systems, computational chemistry to develop and use quantum mechanical methods to calculate the structures and properties of molecules, computational biology physics to illuminate the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, 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 to determine the structure and dynamics of materials, 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, Optics, and Low-Dimensional Systems: mechanism of noise and decoherence, open quantum system and quantum entanglement, non-equilibrium physics in AMO system, 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, graphene, 2D materials beyond graphene, heterostructures and interfaces; And (4) Soft Matter and Biophysics: dynamics of protein and subcellular processes (DNA, RNA, membrane), emergent phenomena in live cells with single molecule sensitivity, non-equilibrium mechanisms in active living matter, biological networks, biological and clinical experiments, novel physics-based data acquisition protocol and instrumentation in biomedical imaging.

Research Degree Coordinator


Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) 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 JCC currently offers the following PhD programmes at college and departmental levels:

  1. Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Veterinary Medicine at college level;
  2. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences;
  3. Doctor of Philosophy in Infectious Diseases and Public Health.

Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Linfeng HUANG

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:

  • Neuroscience;
  • Cancer biology;
  • 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. WANG Xin

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

School of Creative Media


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 numerous 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


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School of Data Science

School of Data Science

The School of Data Science comprises an interdisciplinary faculty team of leading academics in their areas. Our PhD programme aims at offering students solid fundamentals of data science in computer science, statistics and optimization, as well as the state-of-the-art knowledge of research frontiers in data science. Our research areas include:

  • Learning theory and algorithms (including machine learning, statistical learning, etc.)
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Optimization and control
  • Smart City (including Internet of Things, 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. Dingxuan ZHOU

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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; Mechanical energy harvesting; Power transmission; Electric motors (3) Energy Efficiency, Energy Economics, Conservation and Management: Building physics; Advanced refrigeration and air conditioning; Carbon management; Economics of energy transitions; (B) Environment-related (1) Meteorology and Climate: Tropical Meteorology, Climate diagnostics, Climate modeling, 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.

School of Energy and Environment - Research Degree Coordinator

Dr. Walid DAOUD (For enquiries, please contact Ms Debbie LEUNG)

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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

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