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What will I learn?

This research area covers:

Accident Prediction, Injury Prevention, Applications of Statistical Model for Safety Analysis, Human Behavior for Safety Studies and Safety Policy and Regulation

Air Quality Monitoring, Total Ozone Column, Solar Ultraviolet Radiation, Boundary Layer Dynamics and Chemistry

Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Pollution Meteorology, Instrument Development, Field Measurements and Data Analysis

Atmospheric Chemistry; VOC Photochemistry, Source Apportionment, Acidic Ultrafine Particles, Secondary Organic Aerosol, Indoor Air Chemistry

Biofuel, Bio-composites, Lignocellulosic Biomass, Biological Model, Activated Sludge Process

Contaminated Land Remediation, Urban Water Management, Waste Recycling and Resource Recovery, Environmental Chemistry

Eco-friendly Construction Materials, Concrete Technology, Waste Recycling and Management

Energy Capture from Wastewater; Fermentation; Anaerobic Digestion; Anammox; Meta'omic Analysis; Thermodynamic Computation

Environmental Nanotechnology, Aerosol Technology, Advanced Water Treatment, Environmental Sensing, Environmental Chemistry

Indoor Air Pollution, Toxic Air Pollutants, Emission Source Characterisation, Carbonaceous Aerosol Characterisation

Sediment Quality Assessment, Urban Environmental Geochemistry, Phytoremediation of Contaminated Land, Air Pollution Monitoring and Assessment, Hazardous Waste Treatment

Water/Wastewater Treatment, Industrial Effluent Treatment and Design, Environmental Chemistry, Soil Remediation.

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).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (8,51,796) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022


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 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st 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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