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What will I learn?

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is a scientific discipline of critical importance for tackling various major challenges of global and regional concerns in the 21st century in relation to the evolution of the Earth system, including global environmental and climate change, exploration of natural and energy resources, hazard reduction, and sustainable development. In recognition of its fundamental importance, CUHK has recently incorporated this discipline into a new graduate division under the Faculty of Science. The University is now offering a graduate programme on Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at both M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. EAS is the only interdisciplinary graduate programme in the region that focuses on critical facets of the basic and applied sciences of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and the interactions between them. Research interests of its dynamic faculty span the whole spectrum of Earth system science. The graduate programme aims to educate and mentor outstanding young scientists for careers in academia, government, and the private sector.

Fields of Specialization

  • Aerosol Physics and Chemistry
  • Atmosphere - Biosphere Interactions
  • Climate Dynamics and Climate Change
  • Geodesy & Geophysics
  • Rock Physics & Earthquake Mechanics
  • Seismology

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

Applicants for the PhD stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Master's degree in Science or Engineering or related disciplines, or a Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.

Applicants for the MPhil stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.

To fulfill the University’s 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 equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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

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