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.