What will I learn?

Innovative sustainable energy technologies with minimal environmental impact will act as a catalyst to trigger breakthrough development in many fields, ranging from greener aviation, to safer electric vehicles, to longer endurance of 3C products. Studies in in sustainable energy technologies focus on cutting-edge research in the related cross-disciplines, including sustainable energy harvesting and conversion technologies; high-performance energy storage systems and electric vehicles; smart energy distribution, intelligent energy systems and energy saving strategies; hydrogen and electrolyzers; bioenergy and bio-inspired energy systems, and lifecycle analysis and recovery of energy system.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Sustainable Energy and Environment aims to provide solid education and rigorous research training in sustainable energy technologies, as well as prototyping and transferring original research results on our campuses as living lab and to industrial collaborators. The programs will also offer dynamic pedagogical training to equip students with competitive and transferrable skills in sustainable energy technologies that serve regional and national industries with a global vision.

A PhD graduate is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline.

On successful completion of the PhD program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify scientific and engineering significances in various sustainable energy technologies and their environmental impact;
  • Apply a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods for conducting cutting-edge research in sustainable energy technologies or disruptive technology innovation;
  • Transfer fundamental research insights and innovative ideas effectively and develop them into new domain knowledge and engineering prototypes; and
  • Demonstrate independent and critical thinking, and develop a growth mindset, an innovative spirit, and a global vision in the field.

This program is for HKUST (Guangzhou) Pilot Scheme Admission.

Which department am I in?

Sustainable Energy and Environment Thrust Area and Function Hub

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

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

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.

English Language Admission Requirements

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 are not required 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.

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

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About this uni

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

  • 27th among the world’s top universities
  • 1st among the world’s top young universities
  • 10th in global employability in the world
  • 100% of faculty have a PhD degree