Doctor of Philosophy in
Marine Environmental Science (PhD in MES)

Introduction

This research-based program seeks to train students in original research in marine environmental science, and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a research career. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline, as well as to synthesize and contribute original knowledge to the discipline. Students have opportunities to work on projects that are at the cutting edge of new research initiatives.

Admission

Details about postgraduate admissions can be found at Office of Postgraduate Studies, HKUST.

Program Requirements

Students must fulfill these requirements:
  • Completion of at least 12 credits of coursework, including:
    • 3 credits of core course ENVR 6050 Introductory Oceanography;
    • 6 credits of elective courses chosen from the elective course list;
    • 3 credits of approved PG course endorsed by the Program Director;
  • Completion of and passing PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students:
    • The 1 credit earned from this course cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
    • Students who are HKUST MPhil (MES) graduates and have completed this course or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval from the School;
  • Completion of at least 12 credits of coursework, including:
    • 3 credits of core course ENVR 6050 Introductory Oceanography;
    • 6 credits of elective courses chosen from the elective course list;
    • 3 credits of approved PG course endorsed by the Program Director;
  • Completion of and passing PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students;
  • Completion of and passing LANG 5010 Postgraduate English for Science Studies, which should be taken in the first year of study:
    • The 1 credit earned from this course cannot be counted toward the credit requirements;
    • HKUST MPhil graduates may be considered for exemption from this requirement, subject to prior approval from the Program Director and PG Coordinator;
  • Taking and passing ENVS 6011 Postgraduate Seminar whenever it is offered:
    • A maximum of 4 credits to be earned from this course;
    • Students who have taken the HKUST MPhil (MES) Program will be granted credit transfer from ENVS 6011 to the PhD program, with up to 1 credit;
  • Submission of a thesis proposal to the Qualifying Examination Committee who will examine the student’s general background knowledge and knowledge related to the topic of the research proposal:
    • Students must pass the qualifying examination;
  • Registration in ENVS 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research; and
  • Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.


Elective Courses

ENVR 5210 Environmental Microbiology
ENVS 6012 Special Topics in Environmental Science
EVSM 6070 Environmental Impact Assessment
LIFS 5320 Ecotoxicology
MATH 5311 Advanced Numerical Methods I
MATH 5350 Computational Fluid Dynamics of Inviscid Flows
PHYS 5110 Mathematical Methods in Physics