What will I learn?

This research degree covers:

Piezotronics; energy harvesting; energy generation and storage; new generation of solar cells; thermal energy; batteries; supercapacitors.

  • Energy storage materials, metal-ion batteries
  • Light sources based on piezotronics and piezo-photonics; colossal permittivity materials for energy-storage; triboelectric nanogenerator
  • Organic photovoltaics, solar cells based on perovskite materials
  • Photocatalysts, ferroelectric photovoltaics and energy storage, electrodes for batteries; supercapacitors

This programme aims to provide rigorous training to students who aspire to become researchers or scholars capable of conducting independent and original research, and producing research findings that are relevant and significant to their chosen field of specialization. The objectives of the programme of study are to equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform a piece of investigative work of substance with rigour and wit.

Numerous opportunities for research studies leading to Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree are available. Under our outcome-based framework, research students pursue a series of compulsory and elective subjects in depth, with a view to contributing to the existing body of knowledge, as well as a research project under the supervision of an experienced academic staff member with similar research interests.

MPhil students must satisfactorily investigate or evaluate a chosen area, demonstrate an understanding of the context and significance of the work, display sustained independent effort and original thought and present a clear, complete thesis of a quality worthy of publication.

The MPhil degree is awarded to students who, on completion of an approved programme of study and research, present theses that embody the results of their research and satisfy the examiners in an oral examination in matters relevant to the subject of the thesis. Students must also complete the coursework requirement before submitting their theses. The subjects are chosen by the student, with advice from the supervisor, from a wide range on offer.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$84,200.00 (US$ 10,799) per year
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)
Application deadline

31 December 2021

More details

Start date

1 January 2022, 1 May 2022, 1 September 2022

Venue

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

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. 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

At least hold a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honors or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognized 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.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ranking 75th worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2021),6th in the QS Top 50 under 50 Rankings 2021 and 25th in QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

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  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
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  • Welcomes international students from 30 countries

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