What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) are designed for students who have well-articulated research goals which cannot be reached through established research postgraduate programs. They aim to create an organic study curriculum pattern to facilitate students’ intellectual growth, exploration into novel research direction, and a long term commitment in an interdisciplinary research field.

The programs offer students a broad academic freedom to create a unique research postgraduate program focused on a specialized area of research in ways that best suit their own intellectual interests and passions, by working on an interdisciplinary research topic and using courses from different Departments/Divisions to fulfill the curriculum. Students have to develop a research plan and framework which allow them to explore their unique research interests and to work with their supervisors from different research areas to pursue and complete their degree.

On completion of the program, students will be conferred an MPhil degree in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program. The chosen area of research will also be specified in the degree title (e.g. MPhil in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Bionics Engineering).

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

  • Generate an advanced degree curricula that interrelates knowledge and skills from selected academic areas, and proficiency in the areas of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods of research;
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of appropriate concepts, methods, and materials in disciplines which appropriately constitute the framework of their studies;
  • Demonstrate curricular understandings and proficiency of research skills through a comprehensive examination, group interaction and evaluation, professional presentations, and the successful completion of thesis defense;
  • Develop multi-dimensional perspectives and innovative problem-solving skills to existing and emerging problems; and
  • Develop distinctive skill mix that enables them to communicate effectively with people of different levels and disciplines within and across organizations.

Which department am I in?

Interdisciplinary Programs Office

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

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 master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification. 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 master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

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.

Additional Information

Applicants are required to develop a research plan as a written proposal, and identify the supervisory group of at least two supervisors with one serving as the primary supervisor. Before submitting an application, they should form a research team which is composed of at least two faculty members working on different research areas to warrant that the research is interdisciplinary in nature.

Applicants should propose the degree title (i.e. research area). The degree title together with the curriculum proposed by the student and supervisors will be reviewed and endorsed by the Program Director and the relevant committees in the admission process.

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

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