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Ph.D. On Campus

Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Hong Kong

36 months
5400 USD/year
5400 USD/year
Tuition fee
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HKUMed has made tremendous contributions to the study and treatment of diseases through our 130+ years of medical research history. 50+ of our researchers are among top 1% of scientists in their fields and 390+ of our published papers are highly cited worldwide. Complimented by state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology, we provide world-class opportunities for our research students.

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While pre-clinical departments conduct and supervise research mainly in laboratories, clinical departments do so in both laboratories and clinical settings. Research students of the Faculty enjoy the benefits of working in state-of-the-art laboratories and technologically advanced core facilities.

The Faculty attracts high-calibre candidates to enroll in its research postgraduate programmes. The programmes are not only popular among graduates in medical disciplines, graduates in physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences and social sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Programme Structure

Research component

Candidates are required to undertake research studies in a chosen field of study under supervision of at least one supervisor. The result of the research, presented in the form of a thesis, must be submitted for examination by the end of the prescribed period of study.

A successful thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which should be an original contribution to knowledge and worthy of publication.

Potential applicants are encouraged to find out more about the current research areas projects offered and contact the relevant supervisors prior to submitting an application.  

  • Research Areas:
  • Current projects inviting applications: 

Coursework requirement                                                                    

4-year PhD: 4 Graduate School compulsory courses (Introduction to Thesis Writing, Research Ethics for Graduate Students, Transferable Skills, Research Methods) and 3 Medical Faculty Research Postgraduate electives

3-year PhD: 1 Graduate School compulsory course (Research Ethics for Graduate Students)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 54 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Start date: The first day of every month

Applications deadlines (HK time): Dec 1 noon (main round), Apr 30, Aug 31


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
First Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

4-year PhD

  • Bachelor's degree at First Class Honours preferably with research experience; or
  • Bachelor's degree with Honours at Second Class Division I and a taught Master's degree
3-year PhD
  • Bachelor's degree with Honours at Second Class Division I or above; and
  • Research Master's degree (MPhil)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5400 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5400 USD per year during 36 months.

Fees of HK$42,100 (~US$5,400) per year

Living costs for Hong Kong

13720 - 23419 HKD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF)

  • Eligibility: Full-time candidates
  • Stipend: HK$26,900 (~US$3,500) monthly
  • Travel allowance: HK$13,500 (~US$1,750) annually
  • Composition fees*: Waived
  • Accommodation: Guaranteed hall place for the first year with possibility of renewal 

HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS)

  • Eligibility: Full-time PhD candidates

  • Cash award: HK$40,000 in 1st year; HK$20,000 per year in the remaining normative study period

  • Stipend: HK$26,900 (~US$3,500) monthly

  • Travel allowance: HK$13,500 (~US$1,750) annually

  • Composition fees*: Waived

  • Accommodation: Guaranteed hall place for the 1st year with possibility of renewal

Tuition Waiver Scheme

  • Eligibility: Full-time local candidates
  • Composition fees*: Waived

Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)

  • Eligibility: Full-time candidates
  • Stipend: HK$18,030 (~US$2,300) monthly

*Fees of HK$42,100 (~US$5,400) per year

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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