Research Degree Programme

The School of Energy and Environment (SEE) offers research studies leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in all energy- or environment-related subjects listed under the section, Research and Development in the website of the School.

Before making an application, candidates are requested to contact one of the faculty members in SEE in the relevant subject discipline to discuss their proposed research topic within that discipline. A one-page research proposal is also required to be submitted together with the application for admission. The name of the proposed supervisor should be specified in the application. Details of the application can be found at the website of the
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Students admitted in 2020-2021 are required to pay a tuition fee of HK$3,508 per month (12 months for a year). Details of the tuition fee and other fee payments required could be found in the admission handbook provided by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies at
http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/download/rpg/prospective/handbook.pdf.

All relevant information for research degree students, including programme structure, regulations and guidelines, student administration, examination, financial assistance, awards and so on is available at
http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/student/rpg/studentGuideBook/.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, 2021-2022

Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong. Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students in the School of Energy and Environment of City University of Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities and societal responsibility.

For the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship awardees of CityU, in addition to a yearly stipend of USD40,920 (~ HK$319,200) offered by the Scheme for a period of 3 years, each awardee of the Fellowship of CityU will also receive a “Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarship” at the value of USD10,396 (i.e. HK$81,096), which covers the student’s full-time tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in his/her 1st year of research studies.

Besides, CityU will provide a monthly studentship at the same level as the Fellowship awarded by the RGC for their fourth year of study.

Application procedures and details of the Scheme can be found in the web link:
http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/prospective/RPg/HKPhD

Coursework Requirements

Students are required to fulfil the following minimum coursework requirements (at postgraduate level) within their study period in accordance with the date of commencement of studies:

For students admitted in or before 2018/19:

  • MPhil students: 7 credit units (including core course(s) of at least 2 credit units which shall be research methodology or foundation course(s) at postgraduate level);
  • PhD students: 14 credit units (including core course(s) of at least 4 credit units which shall include at least 2 credit units of research methodology or foundation course(s) at postgraduate level.) and
  • a compulsory 1 credit unit course on teaching and learning (SG8001)

For students admitted in or after 2019/20:

  • MPhil students: 7 credit units (including at least 2 credit units of research methodology and ethics course at postgraduate level);
  • PhD students: 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
  • a compulsory 1 credit unit course on teaching and learning (SG8001)

The School of Graduate Studies will pre-register the course, SG8001, for all newly admitted students in the first semester of study, except individual students with insufficient English proficiency may be required to take a 1 credit unit course English as Medium for Instruction (SG8002) before they are allowed to enroll into SG8001.

Courses for Research Degree Programmes

Students are required to fulfill the stipulated core course and elective requirements by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and their home College/Department. The list of approved courses and course offering of 2020/21 for research students can be found at https://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/student/RPg/courses/courselist.

For SEE PhD Students admitted in or before 2018/19:
Core Courses (5 credits):

SEE8002 Scientific Writing and Communication1 2
SEE8003 Skills for Scientists2

 

For SEE PhD Students admitted in or after 2019/20:
Core Courses (5 credits) and core courses for belonging stream (6 credits)

For all SEE students:

SEE8003 Skills for Scientists2
SEE8212 Data Analysis in Environmental Applications

 

For students of Energy stream:

SEE8125 Emerging Energy Technologies
SEE8130 Advanced Thermosciences for Energy Engineering

 

For students of Environment stream:

SEE8213 Environmental Modelling
SEE8224 Environmental Chemistry and Physics

 

For students of Sustainability stream:

SEE8219 Environmental and Energy Policy
SEE8225 Environmental Assessment

 

Core Courses for MPhil students (3 credits):

SEE8002 Scientific Writing and Communication1 2

Remarks:

1Under normal condition, students should take SEE8002 in the later years of studies following the completion of SEE8003 (two courses preferably not to be taken in the same academic year).

2Students taking the courses are required to complete 12 entries in the Reflective Practice Log Book for Research Postgraduate Students.

Electives:

Students can register electives offered by other departments or other local institutions under the Cross-Institutional Course Enrolment Scheme with the approval by the course offering academic units and the student’s own supervisor.

Qualifying Examination

[Applicable to PhD students (including those under joint PhD programmes) admitted from 1 September 2019 onwards]

PhD Students are required to pass the qualifying examination (QE) within 10-24 months (full time) or 20-48 months (part-time) after commencement of their PhD studies. The QE will consist of written examination only. A maximum of two attempts will be allowed. Those who fail the qualifying examination after two attempts will be recommended for termination of study.

More Information for Existing SEE PhD Students