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PhD Atmospheric Environmental Science

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
42100 HKD
National
42100 HKD

Application fee

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

About this course

The MPhil program aims to train postgraduate students to conduct independent research in Atmospheric Environmental Science or Marine Environmental Science. Submission and successful defense of a thesis based on original research are required. 

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Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the EVSM Program's Requirements. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English will also have to meet the English requirements .*

Language Requirements

Most courses are taught in English. Students who wish to enroll in courses in which Chinese materials are used and/or Chinese is the teaching medium must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the Chinese language. Generally,

English requirements for applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English are as follows:

  • for Chinese (TCSL) Concentration applicants: IELTS ≥ 6.5 (all sub-scores ≥ 5.5), or TOEFL iBT ≥ 85 (Writing ≥ 20/30)
  • for English (TESL) Concentration applicants: IELTS  ≥ 7.0 (Writing ≥ 7.0, and other sub-scores ≥ 5.5), or TOEFL iBT ≥ 100 (Writing ≥ 27/30)

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Course Modules

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program aims to train students in original research in Atmospheric 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.

a. Completion of at least 12 credits of coursework, including:

  i. 3 credits from the core course MATH 5360 Weather, Climate and Pollution;

  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 (AES) 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 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 (AES) 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.

 

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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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