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Research Postgraduate Programme

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Research Postgraduate 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

  • Computational optimal control
  • Financial engineering
  • Mathematical programming
  • Nonlinear optimisation
  • Signal processing
  • Statistical optimization
  • Optimization software
  •  

    Financial Mathematics

  • Financial engineering
  • Investment science
  • Mathematical finance
  • FinTech
  •  

    Applied Statistics

  • Biostatistics
  • High-dimensional data analysis
  • Network analysis
  • Statistical learning
  • Survival analysis
  • Time series analysis
  •  

    Data science

  • Operations Research
  • Forecasting
  • Heuristics
  • Inventory control
  • Manufacturing network flows
  • Supply chain management
  • Transportation
  • Operations optimization
  •  

    Engineering and Computational Mathematics

  • Mathematical biology and epidemiology
  • Numerical linear algebra
  • Numerical methods for differential equations
  • Numerical software
  • Research interests of individual academic staff can be found at Academic Staff. Currently the department has more than 60 research students studying MPhil / PhD research degree; see Research Student for more information about current research students.

    Normal Duration

     Programme
    Full-time
     Part-time
     PhD Programme  36 months  72 months
     PhD Programme (students admitted with only a Bachelor’s degree)  48 months  96 months
     MPhil Programme  24 months  48 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

    The admission requirements of MPhil and PhD programmes are as follows:

    Programme

    Entrance Requirements

    2-year full-time/ 4-year part-time MPhil programme

    at least hold a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or engineering 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.

     

    English Language Requirement

    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 or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

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

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

    You may visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/gs/hkpfs/ for more information on the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

     

     

    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.

    Programme Document For Research Degrees

    [2021/2022]

    [2020/2021]

    [2019/2020]

    [2018/2019]

    [2017/2018]

    [2016/2017]

    [2015/2016]

    [2014/2015]

     

    List of Subjects

    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
    ELC6011

    Presentation Skills for Research Students

    ELC6012 Thesis Writing for Research Students
    ENGL6016
    Advanced Academic English for Research Students: Publishing and Presenting
    HTI6081

    Ethics: Research, Professional & Personal Perspectives


    Enquiry

    Prof. Wang Zhian

    Programme Leader

    Enquiry

    Miss Natalie Cheung

    Programme Secretary

     

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