MPhil/PhD Programme



The Department currently has three main research groups; namely Applied Statistics and Financial Mathematics, Optimization and Operations Research as well as Engineering and Computational Mathematics. The department offers both MPhil and PhD research programmes in the following five major areas:

 

Applied Optimization and Optimal Control
  • Nonlinear Optimization
  • mathematical programming
  • financial engineering
  • signal processing
  • computational optimal control 
Financial Mathematics
  • Investment science
  • financial engineering
  • mathematical finance
   
Applied Statistics
  • Time series analysis
  • Econometrics
  • survival analysis
  • biostatistics
Operations Research
  • Supply chain management
  • transportation
  • inventory control
  • manufacturing network flows
  • forecasting; heuristics
Computational Mathematics
  • Numerical simulation of combustion
  • quadrature numerical methods for differential equations
  • numerical linear algebra
 

 

Research interests of individual academic staff can be found at Academic Staff. Currently the department has more than 40 research students studying MPhil / PhD research degree; see Research Student for more information about current research students.

Normal Duration
  •  Full-timePart-time
  • PhD Programme36 months72 months
  • PhD Programme (students admitted with only a Bachelor’s degree)48 months96 months
  • MPhil Programme24 months48 months
Research Studentships

PolyU offers Research Studentships to full-time PhD or MPhil students. The Studentship is a scholarship intended to be a means of financial support to allow full-time research students to fully focus on their studies. It shall be awarded on the basis of academic merit. The period of the Studentship is decided by the Department according to the student’s ability, academic background or experience.

General Entrance Requirements

To apply for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or engineering with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognised university; or
  • other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent.

To apply for the degree of PhD, a student shall normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognised university.

In exceptional circumstances applicants other than those stipulated in the above paragraph may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, applicants with a Bachelor's degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination. We may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirement

Requirements for those who do not have a degree of which the language of instruction was English from a recognised university are:

  • An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • For TOEFL, 550 or above in paper-based test (with a score of at least 4 out of 6 in the Test of Written English); or 80 or above in internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above)

 Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally-recognised public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

 All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

 For further details about admission, please refer to the Academic Secretariat website via Study@PolyU

 You may visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/en/ for more information on the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

Enquiry
Programme Structure for Research programme

 

Course/ Credit Requirement

 

Students are mainly conducting research study under the supervision of their main supervisor’s guidance. Different categories of students need to attain different credit requirements. The credit requirements should cover attending seminars and Practicum as follows:

 

2-year MPhil: 9 credits

(1 credit from HTI6081 + 2 credits from attending seminars (AMA67711+AMA67712) +AMA613+ 3 credits from other subjects)

 

3-year PhD: 15 credits

(1 credit from HTI6081 + 3 credits from attending seminars (AMA67711+AMA67712+AMA67713) + 2 credits from Practicum (AMA67721+AMA67722) + AMA613+ 6 credits from other subjects)

 

4-year PhD: 22 credits

(1 credit from HTI6081 + 4 credits from attending seminars (AMA67711+AMA67712+AMA67713+AMA67714) + 2 credits from Practicum (AMA67721+AMA67722) + AMA613+12 credits from other subjects)

 

Other subjects can be chosen from the research postgraduate subject list offered by AMA, other PolyU departments or other local Universities with a similar level.

 

List of Subject

 

Subject Code

Subject Title

AMA610

Advanced probability theory

AMA611

Applied Analysis

AMA612

Numerical methods for Partial Differential Equations

AMA613

Mathematics Seminar

AMA614

Mathematical Statistics

AMA615

Nonlinear Optimization Methods

AMA616

Statistics for Finance

AMA6881

Guided Study in Applied Optimization

AMA6882

Guided Study in Operations Research

AMA6883

Guided Study in Applied Statistics

AMA6884

Guided Study in Financial Mathematics

AMA6885

Guided Study in Engineering Mathematics

AMA6886

Guided Study in Computational Mathematics

AMA6887

Guided Study on Research Topics in Applied Mathematics

AMA67711

Research Seminars

AMA67712

Research Seminars

AMA67713

Research Seminars

AMA67714

Research Seminars

AMA67721

Practicum

AMA67722

Practicum

HTI6081

Ethics: Research, Professional & Personal Perspectives




Back to Top