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Research Postgraduate Programmes

Application for Admission to the Degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy 

The School invites high calibre students with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and good communication skills to apply for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) studies. Please refer to the information about our research areas and programmes, and read the Prospectus for Postgraduate Studies which provides admission and study information about the research postgraduate programmes at PolyU.

Studentship/Assistantship Opportunities

[Application Now Open] 2021/22 PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship Scheme

Application for the 2021/22 PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship Scheme is now open. Applications are invited from high calibre students with PhD offers from top universities in the world. Successful applicants are offered attractive scholarship package to pursue full-time PhD studies at SO. Consideration of applications is on rolling basis until all fellowship quotas are filled. For more details please click here.

I. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2021/22

Full-time PhD applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). Please visit the HKPFS webpage for details. Our HKPFS awardee has shared some words which can be viewed here.

Application period for submitting initial applications to the Research Grants Council (RGC) by the applicants for allocation of reference numbers: from 1 September 2020 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time) to 1 December 2020 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time)

Deadline for submission of full applications to PolyU: 2 December 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Hong Kong Time)

Applicants for admission to our PhD programme via HKPFS will also concurrently be considered for other studentship schemes at PolyU.

II. PolyU Postgraduate Studentship

A limited number of studentship places are available for full-time research postgraduate students. Students will be offered financial support, allowing them to focus fully on their studies. Granting of studentships/assistantships will be reviewed on an annual basis, subject to satisfactory performance. Recipients of studentships are required to provide support for teaching and scholarly activities.

Deadline for application: 31 December 2020

III. Teaching Postgraduate Studentship (TPS) Scheme

Under the TPS scheme, full-time research postgraduate students will be provided with financial support during certain periods of their studies, to allow them to fully focus on their studies. 

It is in the form of an appointment as a part-time Teaching Assistant in their departments/ schools in accordance with the University's policies on part-time appointment.

TPS students will benefit from having more teaching experience and training opportunities for widening their exposure for the development of their academic career if they are recommended to take up this Assistantship.

Deadline for application: 31 December 2020

IV. Projects Recruiting Research Students (Please click here for further information)

Some projects are currently seeking research students. Interested parties are advised to contact the principal investigator by email.

V. Residency Programme

The School has recently established a new route called the Resident Optometrist - Research for applicants who are interested in clinical research. Eligible candidate must be a graduate with an optometric qualification recognized by the Hong Kong Optometrists Board for Part I of the Optometrist Register. They should have good clinical performance in their optometric training. Research students via this route are required to provide quality teaching and eye care services with an appointment under the Residency Programme as well as devote oneself to a PhD study.

Application period for Residency Programme

The programme will call for applications next year. 

Areas of Research 

· Myopia 

· The Ageing Eye

Please click here for further information of our RPg programmes and required application documents. 

Admission Information

You are advised to contact our academic staff (click here for the list of staff) to jointly formulate a proposal. Application must be made on-line via PolyU eAdmission (please click here). A non-refundable fee of HK$300 will be charged for each application.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for presentations and interviews during which you will be expected to present your research proposal. 

VI. Programme Structure of RPg Programmes

Programme Coursework Requirement Details
MPhil 9 credits
  • 1 credit from a research ethics subject
  • 2 credits from attending seminars
  • 3 credits from a quantitative/qualitative subject or equivalent
  • 3 credits from Guided-study/other subjects
  • 3-year full-time PhD
    15 credits
  • 1 credit from a research ethics subject
  • 3 credits from attending seminars
  • 2 credits from Practicum
  • 3 credits from a quantitative/qualitative subject or equivalent
  • 6 credits from Guided-study/other subjects


    Please address your enquiries to Departmental Research Committee Secretary (email:

    Disclaimer: All information here is for reference only. The information provided on this page is subject to change without prior notice. In the case of any dispute or disagreement, the School reserves the right on making any changes/revisions as well as the final decision.