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MPhil Mathematics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42100 HKD
42100 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Department of Mathematics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GMAT (avg)610

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About this course

The MPhil program seeks to strengthen students' general background in mathematics and mathematical sciences, and to expose students to the environment and scope of mathematical research. Submission and successful defense of a thesis based on original research are required.

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Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

Prior Educational Background 

  • For admission to the MPhil/PhD program, students must possess a good first degree or a Master's degree from a recognized university or an approved institution. An applicant's undergraduate background is not a precondition for admission. Students with a solid quantitative background and commitment to academic study and research are encouraged to apply. 

The GRE and the TOFEL Requirements 

  • On top of their academic performance, an applicant must demonstrate his/her capability for graduate studies by obtaining a satisfactory score in the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE, score around 1200) or other equivalent means. 
  • For applicants attended educational institutions where the medium of instruction was not English and whose first language is not English, a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) is required.

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Course Modules


  • 24 credits in mathematics or related fields, normally at least 18 credits of which are mathematics courses at postgraduate level;
  • Completion of and passing MATH 6770 Professional Development in Science (Mathematics). 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 MATH 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
  • 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;
  • All full-time students are required to take and pass MATH 6900 Mathematics Seminar in their first four regular terms of study; maximum number of credits to be earned from this course is 4. MATH 6770 can be used as a replacement for one regular term of MATH 6900;
  • Registration in MATH 6990 MPhil Thesis Research; and
  • Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

Scientific Computation Concentration

  • In addition to the existing program requirements, students who opt for the Scientific Computation concentration are required to:
  • Complete MATH 6915 Scientific Computation Seminar. The 1 credit earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
  • Complete one computation related course from the list below as a part of the 24 credits of required coursework:
    • CHEM 5210 Computational Chemistry
    • MATH 5311 Advanced Numerical Methods I
    • MATH 5312 Advanced Numerical Methods II
    • MATH 5350 Computational Fluid Dynamics for Inviscid Flows
    • MATH 5360 Weather, Climate and Pollution
    • PHYS 5410 Numerical Modeling in Physics
  • Conduct research in the area of scientific computation; and
  • Give a one-hour seminar on the related research within their first four regular terms of study


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How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Transcript
  • Degree Certificate(s), if graduated
  • For applicants graduated from University in Mainland China, please upload both Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.
  • English proficiency proof / certificate (i.e. IELTS / TOEFL / Medium of Instruction) (if applicable)
  • GRE and GMAT scores are not required. Fresh graduates may provide information on work experience and professional qualification if they are available. Applicants may also upload other information not listed above but helpful to the admission committee to make the best decision.
  • Please note all submitted information will be kept confidential and will only be kept for a certain period of time. All application material will not be returned to the applicants by any means.

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