Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering


What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The programme aims to train and produce independent researchers with state-of-the-art expertise who can create original knowledge through innovative research.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

1. achieve general intellectual proficiency and specialization in their chosen subject areas;
2. apply appropriate research methodology/tools to conduct independent research;
3. formulate and derive effective, innovative and original solutions to fundamental problems in their chosen subject areas;
4. communicate effectively with the learned community about the research process and findings;
5. create new knowledge through in-depth investigation of the chosen subject areas.

Research Area(s) in which research students will be admitted to:

Applied Mathematics; Electronic Engineering; Environmental Science, Energy and Built Environment; Life Sciences (Biomedical Science, Molecular Science) and Biomedical Engineering; Materials Science and Applied Physics; or Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing.


Each student is required to submit a well written thesis to complete the PhD programme of studies.

The thesis must be a scholarly piece of work that can adequately demonstrate the student’s:
1) competence in the application of research methodology and tools to undertake an independent scientific enquiry;
2) in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen research area; and
3) contribution to the creation of new knowledge in the chosen research area.

In addition, the thesis should also exhibit more than one of the following characteristics:
4) displays a high level of critical understanding and intellectual accomplishment of the chosen research area
5) makes substantial academic contribution to knowledge
6) makes substantial innovative contribution to professional practices
7) publishable in the mainstream research or professional journals
The submitted thesis will be examined by a panel of examiners.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Students who already hold a master’s degree normally take 3 years / 4 years; and students with a bachelor’s degree but without a master’s degree usually take 4 years.)

Tuition fees
Government-funded Fees: HK $3,508 per month; Self-funded Fees: HK $7,016 per month
Start date

Expected September 2023


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the following entry requirements: a bachelor's degree in a non-law discipline; or a bachelor's degree in law from a non-common law jurisdiction, which was obtainable after at least eight semesters of full-time study. Holders with a degree in law from a common law jurisdiction are NOT eligible to apply. For applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, the minimum English language proficiency requirement will be: a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based); or an overall band score of 7 in IELTS, with no individual score below 6.5; or a total score of 520 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test (Band 6).

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements:

  • be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD candidature; or
  • hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
  • hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the 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 individual Colleges and Schools.

  • a minimum total score of 550 (paper-based test); or 79 (internet-based); or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in TOEFL; or
  • a minimum IELTS score of 6.5; or
  • other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test); or
  • a minimum score of 490 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 may be accepted.

(Please note that individual Departments in the College may adopt a higher standard.)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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