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What will I learn?

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

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

1. Apply a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts of their research areas;
2. Adopt excellent methodology and critical thinking in the generation of innovative research;
3. Generate new strategies/methods to develop internationally competitive research in their fields of expertise;
4. Apply effective communication skills in relation to research.

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

Applied Mathematics; Business and Management (Big Data, Knowledge and Innovation, and Healthcare); Computer Science; Environmental Science, Energy and Built Environment; Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing

Programme Electives: (9 credits)

Students are required to complete 9 credits of postgraduate courses prescribed by their supervisor based on the relevance of research work.


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 a chosen area in advanced manufacturing and technology management; and
3) contribution to the creation of new knowledge in a chosen area of advanced manufacturing and technology management.

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 area in advanced manufacturing and technology management
5) makes substantial academic contribution to knowledge
6) makes substantial innovative contribution to professional practices
7) publishable in the mainstream research or professional journals

Which department am I in?

Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

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 2022


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 overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; 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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