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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.

Full-time PhD applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the RGC Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). Please visit the PolyU 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 2023 to 1 December 2023, HKT 12:00 GMT +8 hours.

Deadline for submission of full applications to PolyU via eAdmission: 1 December 2023, HKT 23:59 GMT +8 hours.

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

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.

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. For more details, please click here.

Deadline for application: here

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

(Please click here for further information)

The School has established a Residency Programme (Research Stream) 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 application period is scheduled to open each each year in either April or May.

Applicants meeting the selection criteria of Residency Programme (Research Stream) will be awarded the “School of Optometry Scholarship for Residency Programme (Research Stream)”.

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 online via PolyU eAdmission (please click here). A non-refundable and non-transferrable fee of HK$300 will be charged for each application. You must settle the application fee upon submission of your online application. Otherwise, your application will not be further processed.


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


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:

More information on Fellowship & Scholarship Schemes.

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.



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