What will I learn?

MPhil Stream

Students are required to complete a minimum of 39 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses, 24 units of thesis research courses and 3 units of seminar courses.

For completion of the programme, students must submit a thesis based on their research and pass an oral examination.

PhD Stream

Students must pass the candidacy examination within 24 months from first entry.

Students entering with a research master's degree are required to complete a minimum of 65 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses, 48 units of thesis research courses and 5 units of seminar courses.

Students entering without a research master's degree are required to complete a minimum of 91 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses, 7 units of seminar courses and 72 units of thesis research courses.

For completion of the programme, students must submit a thesis based on their research and pass an oral examination.

Fields of Specialization

  • Cancer, Cell Biology, Immunology and Microbiology
  • Protein Science and Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences and Endocrinology
  • Food Sciences and Chinese Medicine

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (US$ 5,412) per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

To be admitted to the MPhil stream, applicants shall have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

To be admitted to the PhD stream,

  • a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have a degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or related fields from a recognized university.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification.

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

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