What will I learn?

The PhD Program follows a strong research-intensive tradition on the North American model. It is designed to enable students to gain a deep knowledge of management in general, to develop a concentration in a specialized field, and to provide opportunities for students to do significant original research in their chosen area. PhD students are offered intensive and targeted research training and exceptional collaboration opportunities with faculty to prepare them for their future careers in teaching and/or research.

The program is offered by the Department of Economics with the following research foci:

Research Foci

Besides microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, the Department's research areas focus on:

  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • China Economy
  • Experimental and Behavioral Economics
  • Monetary and Financial Economics
  • Labor Economics

Which department am I in?

Department of Economics

Study options

Full Time (3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (without a relevant research master’s degree))

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (US$ 5,431) per year

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

Start date

1 September 2021

Venue

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Clear Water Bay,

Sai Kung, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years. Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments: TOEFL- iBT: 80; TOEFL- pBT: 550; TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections); IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5; Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if their first language is English, or they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL- iBT: 80*
  • TOEFL- pBT: 550
  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or
  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

A satisfactory score in GMAT or GRE

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About this uni

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a distinguished research university of global renown.

  • 32nd among the World’s Top Universities
  • 1st among the World’s Top Young Universities
  • 16th in global employability in the world
  • Faculty - 100% with a PhD degree