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
Engineering and Computational Mathematics
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.
|PhD Programme (students admitted with only a Bachelor’s degree)
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:
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
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 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
List of Subjects
|Advanced probability theory
|Numerical methods for Partial Differential Equations
|Nonlinear Optimization Methods
|Statistics for Finance
|Optimal Stopping and Stochastic Control in Mathematical Finance (for PhD students only)
|Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics
|Advanced Mathematical Statistics
|Advanced Statistical Learning
|Guided Study in Applied Optimization
Guided Study in Applied Statistics
Guided Study on Research Topics in Applied Mathematics
Presentation Skills for Research Students
|Thesis Writing for Research Students
|Advanced Academic English for Research Students: Publishing and Presenting
Ethics: Research, Professional & Personal Perspectives