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What will I learn?

The Faculty of Science boasts a long history of excellence in basic research and a team of outstanding scholars from around the world with a wide range of research expertise. Our goal is to perform research at the highest international level in areas that are at the frontiers of science. We place emphasis on areas of high international interest, with the goal of making an impact in problems of major significance. International collaboration is now the norm in the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty brings together one school and five departments in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics and Actuarial Sciences and three research centres: Centre of Theoretical and Computational Physics, Institute of Mathematical Research, and Swire Institute of Marine Science. The Faculty of Science also hosts three Areas of Excellence: Theory, Modelling and Simulation of Emerging Electronics; Institute of Molecular Functional Materials; and Chemical Biology Approach to Molecular Medicine. We also have a State Key Laboratory in Synthetic Chemistry and a large-scale Theme-based Research Scheme project on Challenges in Organic Photo-Voltaics and Light Emitting Diodes.

The Faculty has many affiliations with external organisations within Hong Kong and further afield. In addition, members of the Faculty have extensive research interactions with the Government and industry sectors.

The Faculty has some of the best-equipped and modern research laboratories available within the region, and its research facilities are excellent. Students also enjoy access to the University’s world-class library facilities.

The Faculty attracts a significant portion of the total research funds awarded to the University from the Research Grants Council (RGC), for example, the General Research Fund, Collaborative Research Fund, NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme, Theme-based Research Scheme, and Areas of Excellence Scheme. In addition to such research income, the Faculty also has a large number of research contracts and funding from a variety of sources.

The Faculty currently has over 500 research students from more than 20 countries, including Armenia, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,27,672) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Every month


The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree with a major other than common law with at least second-class honours, or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor degree with English as the medium of instruction are required to satisfy the English language proficiency on the basis of one of the following recognised English tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - A score of 100 or above (internet-based test); or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An overall band score of 7.5 or above with no sub-test below 6.5 and a minimum band score of 7.0 in the academic writing module; In each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

For international students

The basic qualification necessary for admission to research postgraduate studies is a good honours degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution. In addition, certain degree courses have more specific requirements. Qualifying examinations to test the applicants’ abilities to follow the prescribed courses and/or interviews may be conducted. Applicants with qualifications other than an honours degree are considered on their individual merits.

Applicants who wish to be admitted to higher degrees on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain the following:

(a) a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as specified below:

Paper-based test

  • An overall score of 550 or above
  • Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 4 or above in the Test of Written English (TWE)

Internet-based test

  • An overall score of 80 or above
  • Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 25 or above in the Writing section; or

(b) a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic module); or

(c) grade C or above in the Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or

(d) grade C or above in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or

(e) grade C or above in the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE);

unless in exceptional circumstances when they are exempted from this requirement.

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


About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally