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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Hong Kong



What will I learn?

This programme is research-oriented. Students should show their ability for independent work and inform themselves in depth about the fields of knowledge relevant to the topic of their projects. Students will be required to obtain at least a total of 38 units, make presentation in two seminars a year, submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination for graduation.

Students can select research programmes from a wide spectrum of eye diseases in Corneal and External Eye Diseases, Cataracts and Refractive Errors, Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Diseases, as well as Orbital, Thyroid, Neurologic, Genetic and Children Eye Diseases. Students are accessible to all equipment and facilities in our research clinic and laboratories in ophthalmic imaging, microscopy, electrophysiology, molecular genomics, gene functions, cell and tissue culture, stem cells, experimental animals, and analytical biochemistry.

Fields of Specialization

  • Eye Disease Research: Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular Diseases, Corneal Diseases, Ocular Oncology and Refractive Errors
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomic Research
  • Gene Function Research
  • Cell Biology
  • Animal Research (Eye Disease Model)
  • Ocular Imaging (Clinical & Experimental)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months (maximum 84 months); students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months (maximum 84 months).)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (US$ 5,363) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Master's degree holder from a recognized university; or 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 must satisfy one of the following:

  • a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  • a Bachelor's degree, normally with Second Class Honours in the upper division or above, and have been registered in a course of study for a Master's degree at this University for at least one year and have demonstrated research ability; or
  • been registered in a course of study for a doctoral degree at a recognized university for at least one year, and have been approved for admission by the Graduate Council; or
  • obtained the degrees of MBChB, or equivalent, or under special circumstances, the degree of Bachelor, for admission to programmes of the Faculty of Medicine.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have a Master’s degree in a field related to life sciences or the degree of MBChB or equivalent.

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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