What will I learn?

The School of Optometry is one of the five academic units in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and is a research hub in Optometry with international recognition. The School focuses on two research areas, namely myopia and the ageing eye. The aim of our myopia research is to unravel the cellular mechanism of myopia and develop clinical interventions to prevent and halt its development and progression. Our ageing eye research focuses on understanding the physiological ageing processes leading to vision loss and the pathogenesis of age-related eye diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinal degeneration.

The School invites high calibre students with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and good communication skills to apply for Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

Myopia Research

Myopia affects the majority of children in Hong Kong. It impacts on their quality of life and increases the risk of vision loss in later life. We are carrying out research to discover why myopia develops, ways to retard its development and approaches to minimise its impact on public health. To achieve this goal, staff members are undertaking research in the following areas:

  • Animal models
  • Clinical trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Proteomics
  • Public health
  • Visual electrophysiology

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

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

Expected 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.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from 30 countries

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