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Summer Camp 2018, Division of Life Science

for Prospective Research Postgraduate Students

9-13 July, 2018


PG Overview

The Division offers research-oriented graduate programs leading to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Life Science, with or without a concentration in Molecular Medicine/Scientific Computation Concentration. In addition, the Division also participates in a joint MD/PhD program with Peking University, the interdisciplinary MPhil and PhD programs in Nano Science and Technology, the Sussex-HKUST PhD Dual-degree Program, Marine Environmental Science and Atmospheric Environmental Science, as well as the Master of Science (MSc) programs in Biotechnology, and in Environmental Science and Engineering. Currently, the Division has a total of 160 postgraduate students, 120 of whom are PhD students.

Life Science


Research Postgraduate Programs

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program in Life Science
This degree program provides research training in major areas of life science. It enables students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience required for research. Students are expected to conduct thesis research, undertake coursework, attend and present research seminars. Submission and successful defense of a thesis based on original research is required. The Program normally takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Life Science
The PhD program aims to train qualified PhD students who can independently conduct advanced-level research projects, possess both broad knowledge in modern life science and in-depth knowledge in specialized areas, and contribute original knowledge to the life science field by publishing their findings in peer-reviewed international journals. The program usually takes four to five years of full-time study to complete. Students are expected to conduct thesis research, undertake coursework, attend and present research seminars. They must also pass a qualifying examination set by the Division. Submission and successful defense of a thesis is required.

MPhil/PhD Track in Life Science
For students with a Bachelor or MSc degree who are aiming for PhD, the Division of Life Science recommends that they be normally enrolled in the MPhil program (2 years) first. After writing up and successfully defending an MPhil thesis as well as passing a qualifying exam, the student can be re-admitted into the PhD program (3 years). Thus, students under this track will require altogether five years (i.e., 2+3 mode) to obtain two degrees. However, a student may still opt for a straight 4-year PhD program with the support of his/her thesis supervisor. Approval will be granted to exceptional cases such as Awardees of the HK PhD Fellowships.

The Sussex-HKUST PhD Dual-degree Program [NEW]
A PhD Dual-degree Program in the areas of genome stability and neuroscience between The University of Sussex (Sussex), United Kingdom and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong was established since 2017/2018. The program provides students the opportunities to benefit from shared research excellence between the two universities. The intended duration of the program is four academic years. Students are required to spend approximately two academic years in residence at Sussex and approximately two academic years in residence at HKUST. Students will be guided by faculty advisors from both institutions, and be examined to the standards of both. For details, please visit http://life-sci.ust.hk/pg_dual_pgm.html.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Marine Environmental Science and Atmospheric Environmental Science
Multidisciplinary programs offered by the School of Science. The Division participates in this program. Further details at envs.ust.hk.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nano Science and Technology
Multidisciplinary programs offered by the Nano Science and Technology (NSNT) Program. The Division participates in this program. For details, please visit nanoprogram.ust.hk.

The Joint MD/PhD programs
We have joint MD-PhD programs with both Peking University and Xiangya Medical School of Central South University. Students who have completed their bachelor??s degree from these institutions can apply to this program. They are expected to fulfill all requirements for a PhD in 3-4 years and will be awarded the PhD degree by HKUST. They will then return to their home Universities for clinical training leading to the MD degree.


MSc Program in Biotechnology

The Master of Science in Biotechnology Program is designed to provide rigorous training to students for professional careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Since its inception in 1993, the Program has been widely recognized by professional practitioners in the relevant fields as a premier academic program.

Recently, the Program has undergone a major revision to meet the growing and specialized demands of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The revised Program is enriched with various basic and advanced biotechnological elements, including pharmaceutical, analytical, transgenic and recombinant technology, bioprocessing, business operations and management. All these elements are unique for preparing our students to become scientific research leaders with entrepreneurship in emerging bio-industrial areas. With this training and exposure, graduates from the Program will be able to initiate innovative solutions in biotechnology and rapidly advance their careers.

For details, please visit www.ust.hk/btec.