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Dual PhD Degree Programmes

The Dual PhD Degree Programmes offer full-time PhD students the opportunities to benefit from shared research excellence in various disciplines between PolyU and its prestigious partners. After completing the Dual PhD Degree Programmes, students will obtain a PhD degree conferred by PolyU and a PhD degree conferred by partner university.

Programme Features

Students admitted to the Dual PhD Degree Programmes will:

  • be registered as full-time PhD students at the two universities and be able to enjoy their full range of academic and various facilities;
  • be guided in their work by chief supervisors from the two universities, and be examined to the standards of both; and
  • normally split their time of study equally between the two universities and stay at PolyU for two consecutive years

Programme Availability

PolyU has established collaborations with the following universities for Dual PhD Degree Programmes:

Overseas Universities:

Chinese Mainland Universities:

Application Procedure

Fees, Scholarships and Living Expenses

Incoming students from partner universities in Chinese Mainland will pay tuition fee to PolyU during their stay at PolyU. Please refer to this link for the details of tuition fee.

Incoming students from partner universities in overseas countries / Outgoing students from PolyU to overseas institutions will pay tuition fee to their home universities according to the institutional agreement.

Normally, Dual PhD students will:

  • receive a monthly stipend while based at PolyU, if the students meet the scholarship requirements of PolyU, the stipend will be provided by the University. The prevailing monthly stipend is HK$18,470 and it is subject to review annually. Conference grant will be provided with up to HK$25,000.
  • be required to pay other relevant fees, for example, an examination fee should be paid upon thesis submission. Students failing to submit their thesis by the end of the normal study period will be required to pay a continuation fee at PolyU on a semester/term basis until submission of thesis.
  • be treated the same as regular research students.


Dual PhD students can apply accommodation in PolyU Student Halls of Residence which is subject to its availability or live outside campus. The Student Affairs Office will provide information to students who need help. During the study period in partner university, students should seek assistance from the partner university. 

Award of Degree

Upon satisfactory completion of study, the student will receive two award parchments issued each by PolyU and the partner university.


Please refer to this link.


Last updated: 27 Jun 2024

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