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What will I learn?

Equipped with modern facilities and staffed by a team of devoted teachers who are active in research, the Department is internationally known as a centre of excellence in chemistry. The enrolment of graduate students has steadily increased over the past few years due to the strong government support of both basic and applied research and the remarkable success rate of our faculty members in competitive grant applications. The Department offers MPhil-PhD programme which involve course work and a thesis embodying the results of original research.

MPhil Stream

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses, 4 units of seminar courses and 24 units of thesis research courses. It normally takes two years to complete the programme.

For completion of the programme, students must submit a thesis based on their research for examination and pass a final oral examination.

PhD Stream

Students must pass the candidacy examination within 24 months from first entry.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 78 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses, 6 units of seminar courses and 60 units of thesis research courses. It normally takes three years to complete the programme.

Students entering without a research master's degree are required to complete a minimum of 92 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses, 8 units of seminar courses and 72 units of thesis research courses. It normally takes four years to complete the programme.

For completion of the programme, students must submit a thesis based on their research for examination and pass a final oral examination.

Fields of Specialization

  • Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Science
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Structural Biology and Chemical Biology

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,25,898) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

To be admitted to the MPhil stream, applicants shall have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

To be admitted to the PhD stream,

  • a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants should have majored in Chemistry or related fields. Applicants who graduated from overseas universities may be required to take Advanced Chemistry in the Graduate Record Examinations conducted by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J., U.S.A.

To fulfill the minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements.

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

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