PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Blockchain, Cyber Security and Privacy



What will I learn?

Cyber Security and Privacy address a wide range of security and privacy issues that have a profound impact on securing the cyberspace. Researchers in the group have expertise in areas such as the financial technology, blockchain, post-quantum computing security, mobile applications, Internet of Things (IoT), and the underlying Internet infrastructure. They have a close relationship with industries and have successfully transferred our knowledge to solve security and privacy problems in the real world.

The Department of Computing has established a solid foundation in Algorithm and Theory, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Privacy, Networking and Mobile Computing, and System Modelling and Software Engineering.

Our students’ cutting-edge research is supported by enthusiastic faculty members and support staff who ensure that the Department provides them with a positive and nurturing academic environment.

The Department also ensures that all research students have opportunities to enrich their research experience through research exchange visits, attendance at leading international conferences and participation in global competitions and departmental projects.

The Department’s global network crosses disciplines and bridges industries, offering our students ample career opportunities, resources and access to research funding.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,92,800) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)

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

Application deadline

31 January 2024

More details

Start date

15 January 2024, 27 May 2024


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission to a Doctoral degree programme, you must possess a Master's degree. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

3-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university.

4-year full-time PhD programme

Normally hold:

A Master’s degree; OR
A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

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


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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