What will I learn?

The department has a strong commitment to curiosity-driven research but also recognizes its responsibility in helping industry conduct market-driven research and development. More importantly, the department has established a reputation in taking teaching and supervising students very conscientiously.

If you join the department as a new postgraduate student, you are expected to become an active member of the team. From the diverse research topics covered by the team, there must be one which matches your interest and career goals. Similarly, from our comprehensive postgraduate curriculum, there must be courses which will satisfy your needs in building up your background knowledge. In addition, you will learn from and argue with our staff and visitors on scientific matters. You will receive training in basic laboratory safety and teaching skills. You will present your research results in conferences overseas. You may even conduct some of your research work overseas...... All in all, you will find that the department is a great facilitator in helping a postgraduate student to become an independent researcher.

MPhil Stream

  • Coursework: 12 units
  • Thesis Research: 6 units each term

In the final year of study, the student must submit a thesis to the Division and pass an oral examination defending his/her thesis.

PhD Stream

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

  • Coursework: 12 units
  • Guided Study: 1 unit each term
  • Thesis Research: 6 units each term during pre-candidacy period and 12 units each term during post-candidacy period

In the final year of study, students must submit a thesis to the Division and pass an oral examination defending his/her thesis.

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$42,100.00 (US$ 5,416) 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

MPhil Stream:

Applicants for the MPhil stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.

PhD Stream:

Applicants for the PhD stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines, or a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.

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, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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

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