Admission Requirement
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
PG Research-oriented Programs:
MPhil/PhD in Marine Environmental Science
 
 
Curriculum for Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program aims to train postgraduate students to conduct independent research in Marine Environmental Science. Students must fulfill the following program requirements:
a. Completion of at least 9 credits of coursework, including:
  i. 3 credits of core course ENVR 6050 Introductory Oceanography;
  ii. 3 credits of elective course chosen from the elective course list;
  iii. 3 credits of approved PG course endorsed by the Program Director;
b. Completion of and passing ENVS 6770 Professional Development in Science (Environmental Science Programs). Students are expected to complete the course requirements in their first year of study. The maximum time allowed for course completion is two years for full-time students, or three years for part-time students. The 2 credits earned from ENVS 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
c. Completion of and passing LANG 5010 Postgraduate English for Science Studies, which should be taken in the first year of study. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5010 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
d. Taking and passing in ENVS 6011 Postgraduate Seminar whenever it is offered;maximum number of credits to be earned from this course is 2;
e. Registration in ENVS 6990 MPhil Thesis Research; and
f. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
 
 
Curriculum for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program aims to train students in original research in Marine Environmental Science, and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. Students must fulfill the following program requirements:

Specific PhD program requirements are
a. Completion of at least 12 credits of coursework, including:
  i. 3 credits of core course ENVR 6050 Introductory Oceanography.
  ii. 6 credits of elective courses chosen from the elective course list;
  iii. 3 credits of approved PG course endorsed by the Program Director.
b. Completion of and passing ENVS 6770 Professional Development in Science (Environmental Science Programs). Students are expected to complete the course in their first year of study. The maximum time allowed for course completion is two years for full-time students, or three years for part-time students. The 2 credits earned from ENVS 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. HKUST MPhil (MES) graduates who have taken and passed this course before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval from the Program Director and PG Coordinator;
c. Completion of and passing LANG 5010 Postgraduate English for Science Studies, which should be taken in the first year of study. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5010 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. HKUST MPhil graduates may be considered for exemption from this requirement, subject to prior approval from the Program Director and PG Coordinator;
d. Taking and passing in ENVS 6011 Postgraduate Seminar whenever it is offered; maximum number of credits to be earned from the course is 4 for PhD students. Students who have taken the HKUST MPhil (MES) Program will be granted credit transfer from ENVS 6011 to the PhD program up to 1 credit;
e. Submission of a thesis proposal to the Qualifying Examination Committee who will examine the student’s general background knowledge and knowledge related to the topic of the research proposal. The student must pass the qualifying examination;
f. Registration in ENVS 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research; and
g. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.
 
 
Elective Course List for Marine Environmental Science:
- ENVR 5210 Environmental Microbiology
- ENVS 6012 Special Topics in Environmental Science
- EVSM 6070 Environmental Impact Assessment
- LIFS 5320 Ecotoxicology
- MATH 5311 Advanced Numerical Methods I
- MATH 5350 Computational Fluid Dynamics of Inviscid Flows
- PHYS 5110 Mathematical Methods in Physics