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What will I learn?

This research area covers:

  • Coastal Hydraulics, Water Quality Modelling, Circulation Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, Coastal and Environmental Hydraulics
  • Pipe Fluid Dynamics, Urban Water System Assessment and Optimisation, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic Wave Analysis and Application, Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Sediment Transport Phenomena and Modelling, Environmental Sediment Dynamics, Ecohydraulics, Greenroof Technology

Continuing the tradition started by the first Government Trade School in 1937, the mission of the Department is to provide high-quality, application-oriented programmes to educate future professionals to meet the infrastructure needs of Hong Kong and China. It also seeks to advance scientific knowledge and facilitate technology transfer in sustainable development through research and consultancy activities. The Department has 40 academic members (at Research Assistant Professor level and above) who teach undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, supervise 147 on-going PhD and 3 MPhil students and over 100 research personnel, lead research projects and undertake community services. To sustain and strengthen its research capability, three research centres and four research groups have been established in the Department.

The Department is dedicated to fundamental and application-oriented research to sustain urban development in mainland China and other parts of Asia. Four major focused research areas have been identified: Smart and Resilient Transportation, Sustainable Materials and Structures, Sustainable Urban Environment and Urban Geohazards and Mitigation.

Course Structure:

Three years (for students admitted on the basis of a Master's degree with a significant research component);
Four years (for students admitted on the basis of a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree).

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,55,343) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ZS1201, 12/F, South Tower, Block Z,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognized university. In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, an applicant with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. 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 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) 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 (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognized public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

For international students

To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognized university.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, an applicant with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.

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

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

An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) 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 (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English).

Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognised public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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

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