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Research Postgraduate Programme

Admissions Requirements

General Admissions Requirements


Entrance Requirements
2-year full-time/
4-year part-time MPhil programme
At least hold a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honours or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognised university
3-year full-time /
6-year part-time PhD programme
Normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university
4-year full-time /
8-year part-time PhD programme

Normally hold:

  • A Master’s degree; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.
PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.
English-language Requirements

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.

And all English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.


Programme Curriculum 


Subject Code Subject Title^ Number of Credits Compulsory (C)/Elective (E)
ELC6011  Presentation Skills for Research Students  2 C* 
ELC6012  Thesis Writing for Research Students  C* 
ENGL6016  Advanced Academic English for Research Students: Publishing and Presenting  C* 
HTI6081  Ethics: Research, Professional & Personal Perspectives 
Attendance in research seminars/workshops/conferences I  1 C** 
ABCT604B  Attendance in research seminars/
workshops/ conferences II
1 C** 
ABCT604C  Attendance in research seminars/
workshops/ conferences III 
1 C** 
ABCT604D  Attendance in research seminars/
workshops/ conferences IV 
1 C** 
ABCT605 Practicum I  1 C*** 
ABCT606 Practicum II  1 C*** 
ABCT610  Frontier Catalysis: An Approach Towards Cutting-Edge Sustainable Chemistry  3
ABCT611  Analytical Biochemistry  3
ABCT612  Advanced Chemical Instrumentation for Research  3
ABCT613  Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Biological and Chemical Sciences   3
ABCT6805 Guided Study on Frontier Research Topics in Chemistry  3 E# 
ABCT6806  Guided Study on Frontier Research Topics in Biology  3 E# 
ABCT6807  Guided Study on Frontier Research Topics in Chemical Technology  3 E# 

^Subject to Chief Supervisor’s approval, students are allowed to take research postgraduate subjects provided by other departments at PolyU or other universities as elective subjects.
* Students could be exempted for English enhancement subjects based on their performance of the RLSA. The recommendation will be made by the ELC.
** Students are recommended to complete one credit per year (for full-time students) or per two years (for part-time students) to fulfil the above-mentioned requirement, with an overall assessment grade of Pass or Fail. However, as deemed appropriate by the Chief Supervisor, they are allowed to complete at most two credits per year (for full-time students) or per two years (for part-time students to fulfil the research seminar credit requirement.
*** Students are required to complete two credits in two separate semesters at any time before they graduate. To earn one credit, students are required to engage in laboratory demonstration and report marking, lead tutorial class and related teaching activities, for 6 hours/week in any 13-week semester. For students who are required to undertake teaching supporting activities, they should be required to complete the training programmes organised by the EDC and ELC before the commencement of any teaching supporting activities.
# No more than 10 credits for 4-year full-time PhD/8-year part-time PhD. No more than 6 credits for 3-year full-time PhD/6-year part-time PhD. No more than 4 credits for 2-year full-time PhD/4-year part-time PhD.

Got a question? Contact the postgraduate administration team

Administration Team

Prof. Terence Lee

Department Research Committee Chair

Dr Ma Cong

Deputy Department Research Committee Chair & RPG Programme Leader

Dr Zhao Qian

Deputy Department Research Committee Chair & RPG Coordinator in Biology Discipline

Dr Franco Leung

RPG Coordinator in Chemistry Discipline

Ms Crystal Chui

Department Research Committee Secretary

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