What will I learn?

The programme of research is designed in such a way to enable the student to acquire competence in research methods and scholarship and to display sustained independent effort and independent original thought.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) shall be awarded to a student who, on completion of an approved programme of study and research and on fulfilling the coursework requirements for graduation, presents a thesis embodying the results of his/her research and satisfies the examiners in an oral examination (and other examinations if required) in matters relevant to the subject of the thesis.

PhD students are required to satisfactorily investigate or evaluate a chosen area, to show understanding of the context and significance of the work, and to present a clear, complete thesis of a quality worthy of publication.

PhD students are expected in addition to produce evidence and argument to support an original proposition that results in a significant contribution to knowledge.

The PhD degree is awarded to a student who completes all stipulated coursework requirements, presents a thesis embodying the results of their research and satisfies the examiners in an oral examination (and other examinations if required) in matters relevant to the subject of the thesis.

Energy Materials and Devices

Materials and devices for various kinds of energy conversion and storage, including but not limited to

  • ferroelectric/dielectric materials for energy conversion and storage: colossal permittivity materials for energy storage, ferroelectric photovoltaics, electro-caloric cooling and ferro-catalysts
  • light sources based on piezotronics and piezo-photonics; triboelectric nanogenerators
  • materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage: metal-ion batteries and supercapacitors
  • organic photovoltaics; perovskite solar cells
  • photocatalysts and electrocatalysts

Study options

Full Time (3 to 4 years)

Tuition fees
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2021, 31 May 2021, 30 August 2021, 10 January 2022

Venue

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

Room TU502 Yip Kit Chuen Building,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognized university. In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, an applicant with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. 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 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) 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 (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognized public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

For international students

To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognized university.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, an applicant with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised 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.

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About this uni

The high-quality education provided by the Faculty is supported by research work of exceptional quality.

  • Vibrant and dynamic teaching and learning environment
  • Application-oriented teaching and internship opportunities
  • Robust facilities & funding support for research
  • International recognition for the Faculty’s breakthroughs