What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program seeks to strengthen students’ general background in mathematics and mathematical sciences, and to expose students to the environment and scope of mathematical research. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. It can be a terminal degree or a preliminary degree leading to the PhD.


Scientific Computation Concentration

The programs are offered by the Department of Mathematics with the following research foci and state-of-the-art facilities, strengthening students’ knowledge in mathematics and training them to carry out original research independently and innovatively.

Research Foci

Algebra and Number Theory

The theory of Lie groups, Lie algebras and their representations is an important branch in modern mathematics and it has interactions with many other branches in mathematics and physics. Our research includes representation theory of reductive groups, quantum groups, infinite dimensional Lie groups and Lie algebras and applications to mathematical physics. Number theory has a long and distinguished history, and the concepts and problems relating to the theory have been instrumental in the foundation of a large part of mathematics.

Geometry and Topology

Geometry and topology provide an essential language describing all kinds of structures in nature. The subject has been vastly enriched by close interaction with other mathematical fields and with fields of science such as physics, astronomy and mechanics. The result has led to great advances in the subject, as highlighted by the proof of the Poincare conjecture.

Analysis and Differential Equations

The analysis of real and complex functions plays a fundamental role in mathematics. This is a classical yet still vibrant subject that has a wide range of applications. Differential equations are used to describe many scientific, engineering and economic problems.

Applied and Computational Mathematics

The research focuses on development of mathematical models and advance numerical algorithms, as well as applications of mathematics to interdisciplinary science and engineering areas.

Financial Mathematics

Traditionally, financial mathematics includes three areas: asset allocation/management, derivative modeling, pricing and hedging, and division or firm-wise risk management. The mathematical tools include probability, stability, stochastic calculus and numerical analysis.

Probability and Statistics

Statistics, the science of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data, is an essential tool in a wide variety of academic disciplines as well as for business, government, medicine and industry. Our research is conducted in four categories. Time Series and Dependent Data: inference from nonstationarity, nonlinearity, long-memory behavior, and continuous time models.

Data Science

Statistics and data science play a more and more important role in scientific research and applications, particularly in the era of big data. Some research interests include random matrix, survival analysis, financial statistics, econometrics, bioinformatics, statistical machine learning, statistical genetics and genomics, computational biology and bioinformatics, error in variables model, generalized linear models; biological and medical statistics, topological and geometric methods in data analysis.


  • Scientific Computation Concentration

Which department am I in?

Department of Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (US$ 5,403) per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Clear Water Bay,

Sai Kung, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

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 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.

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


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