The Department supports both PhD and MPhil studies in the following areas (but not limited to):

 

  • Theoretical and Computational Physics
  • Spectroscopy and Imaging
  • Low-dimensional Systems
  • Soft Matter and Biophysics
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
     

To know more about our research areas, please visit our Research Themes page.

For research interests of individual academic faculty, please visit our Faculty page.

All academic faculty of the Department have earned doctoral degrees from the world leading academic institutions and have many acquired international status and reputation. Most academic faculty have substantial working experience in North America, Europe, Australia and China before joining the Department, therefore bringing with them invaluable knowledge and skills to be transferred to the students of the next generations.

In response to the rapid advancement of scientific knowledge and technologies, we maintain a high standard and dynamical research team encompassing both applied and basic research activities. The Department excels in research over a wide range of topics, maintaining sustained collaborations with scientific communities in China, USA, Japan, Australia and Europe.
 

Mode and Period of Study

The research degrees of PhD consist of both coursework and independent research studies culminating in the submission of a thesis. Students are required to fulfil the following coursework requirements within their study period (applicable to the 2019/20 intake and thereafter):

  • 14 credit units (including at least 9 credit units of core courses and at least 2 credit units of research methodology and ethics course at postgraduate level), and
  • 1 credit unit compulsory course: Teaching Students: First Steps (SG8001), and
  • Training on Research Integrity (CITI Programme) 

Research studies can be undertaken in full-time or part-time mode. The University has stipulated the following study periods for research degree programmes, and students are required to complete their studies, including the submission of their theses, within the said periods:

The study period for PhD studies for the 2019/20 intake and thereafter will be:

PhD candidate type Full-time Part-time
With a bachelor's or master's degree 4 years 8 years

 

PhD students are required to take and pass a qualifying examination within 10-24 months (full-time) or 20-48 months (part-time) after commencement of PhD studies. The qualifying examination aims to test students’ knowledge of major subject area of their research disciplines and assess their readiness to conduct research in their specific research discipline.

Dr WANG Shubo, Research Degree Coordinator
Research Degree Coordinator
Dr WANG Shubo

“In response to the rapid advancement of scientific knowledge and technologies, we maintain a high standard and dynamical research team encompassing both applied and basic research activities.”

 Dr Shubo Wang, Research Degree Coordinator
Prof WANG Shubo
Research Degree Coordinator
How to apply? 

Entrance Requirements

Candidates for the PhD degree should hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university, or be a current MPhil student in the University who is seeking transfer to PhD candidature.

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and College.

While priority will be given to candidates holding an MPhil degree or a taught master’s degree with research component for PhD studies, candidates holding a good bachelor’s degree or a taught master’s degree may be considered for either MPhil or direct entry to PhD studies.

Application Procedures

Students interested in any of the related field should contact and discuss with their potential supervisors. The applicant is advised to obtain the consent of one of the academic staff members to be his/her supervisor before submitting the application.

For further details of application procedures, please visit the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

Applicants who could demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities are encouraged to apply for admission through “Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme”.

Click here for further details about this scheme.
 

Financial Support

Postgraduate Studentship (not applicable to self-financing research students) is granted on the basis of academic merit. Eligible new full-time students will be considered for the award of the Studentship as part of their application for admission to a research degree programme. Separate applications are not required. The Studentship is normally granted on a yearly basis. Continuation and renewal of the award are subject to satisfactory study progress and performance in any academic-related duties assigned.

PhD students will normally be granted the Studentship for a maximum of four years (irrespective of their entry qualifications), and the Studentship award period should not exceed the students’ stipulated study period. The Studentship rate [HK$17,000 per month (~US$2,179) for PhD per month for 2019/20] is subject to revision in September of every year, and any revision to the rate will apply to both current and new students.

Postgraduate Studentship holders will be required to perform some teaching duties as part of their postgraduate training. Students with outstanding academic performance may also apply for the Research Tuition Scholarship which carries an amount equivalent to the tuition fee (not applicable to self-financing research students). The Scholarship can be held concurrently with the Research Studentship. Research students are eligible to apply for Conference Grants to support their attendance at conferences (not applicable to self-financing research students). The Conference Grant covers subsistence, and 90% of the return passage and the conference registration fee, subject to a maximum of HK$10,000.

Applicants who could demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities are encouraged to apply for admission through “Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme”. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$25,800 (~US$3,307) and conference and research related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (~US$1,653) per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. For Fellowship awardees who are admitted to a 4-year PhD programme, CityU will provide a monthly studentship at the same level as the Fellowship awarded by the RGC for their fourth year of study. In addition, CityU offers the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships.

For nominees selected by RGC for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, in addition to the monthly stipend of HK$25,100 offered by Scheme, each awardee of the Fellowship of CityU will also receive the “Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships” (around HK$77,496/~USD9,935) which covers student’s full-time tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in their 1st year of research studies. Click here for more details about this scheme.

For CityU nominees not selected by RGC for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, they will be considered for the award of “Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies PhD Fellowship” offered by CityU during the entire period of candidature.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Holders of a bachelor’s degree or a taught master’s degree from a recognized university may apply for MPhil studies. MPhil students are required to complete their studies, including the submission of their theses, within 2 years (full-time) or 4 years (part-time).


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Besides PhD, the Department also supports MPhil studies. To know more about our research areas, please visit our Research Themes page. For research interests of individual academic faculty, please visit our Faculty page

How to apply?

Entrance Requirements

Candidates for the MPhil degree should hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university, or hold a taught master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university.

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and College.

Candidates holding a good bachelor’s degree or a taught master’s degree may be considered for either MPhil or direct entry to PhD studies.

Application Procedures

Students interested in any of the related field should contact and discuss with their potential supervisors. The applicant is advised to obtain the consent of one of the academic staff members to be his/her supervisor before submitting the application.

For further details of application procedures, please visit the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.