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Research Postgraduate Programme


Research Postgraduate Programme

Department of Applied Mathematics (AMA) currently has three main research groups; namely Applied Statistics and Financial Mathematics, Optimization and Operations Research as well as Engineering and Computational Mathematics. With a passion of grooming the next generation of research scholars, AMA 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. 

    Please check out the Pamphlet for further information. 

    Normal Duration

     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:


    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.

    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 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












    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
    AMA617 Optimal Stopping and Stochastic Control in Mathematical Finance (for PhD students only)
    AMA618 Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics
    AMA619 Advanced Mathematical Statistics
    AMA620 Advanced Statistical Learning
    AMA6881 Guided Study in Applied Optimization

    Guided Study in Applied Statistics


    Guided Study on Research Topics in Applied Mathematics


    Research Seminars


    Research Seminars


    Research Seminars

    AMA67714 Research Seminars
    AMA67721 Practicum
    AMA67722 Practicum

    Presentation Skills for Research Students

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

    Ethics: Research, Professional & Personal Perspectives


    Prof. Wang Zhian

    Programme Leader


    Miss Teresa Ko

    Programme Secretary


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