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PhD Marine Environmental Science

 Course Level
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42100 HKD
42100 HKD

Application fee

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

About this course

The Environment has been degrading at an alarming rate mainly due to the unsustainable development and the unsustainable use of natural resources. Although environmental conservation has developed significantly over the past few decades, environmental problems have been evolving both in terms of nature and scale. Methods of resolving many environmental problems remain controversial.

Environmental Science Programs have excellent expertise and research experience particularly in atmospheric or marine environmental science and we offer research degree programs of MPhil/PhD in both Atmospheric and Marine Environmental Sciences. In order to promote research-led collaboration between HKUST and mainland universities, we also offer a SZU-HKUST Joint PhD Program in Marine Environmental Science with Shenzhen University (SZU). 

In response to the current needs of our society, we also offer an MSc in Environmental Health and Safety Program so as to provide students with training in pollution monitoring and control, environmental hazards and occupational health and safety. 

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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

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

  • Completion of at least 12 credits of coursework, including:
    • 3 credits of core course ENVR 6050 Introductory Oceanography.
    • 6 credits of elective courses chosen from the elective course list;
    • 3 credits of approved PG course endorsed by the Program Director.
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Registration in ENVS 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research; and
  • 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


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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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