Doctor of Philosophy in
Atmospheric Environmental Science (PhD in AES)

Starting from 1 September 2018, this PhD Program will be migrated to and managed by
the Division of Environment and Sustainability.


This research based program seeks to train students in original research in atmospheric 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 demostrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline, as well as 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.


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

Program Requirements

Students must fulfill these requirements:
  • Completion of at least 9 credits of coursework, including:
    • 6 credits from the 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 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 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 from 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 (AES) 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 Dorctoral Thesis Research; and
      • Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

      Course List

      CHEM 5410 Atmospheric Chemistry
      ENVS 6012 Special Topics in Environmental Science
      EVSM 6070 Environmental Impact Assessment
      MATH 5311 Advanced Numerical Methods I
      MATH 5350 Computational Fluid Dynamics of Inviscid Flows
      MATH 5351 Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering I
      MATH 5460* Time Series Analysis
      MECH 5210 Fluid Dynamics
      PHYS 5110 Mathematical Methods in Physics

      * This course may be replaced by ISOM 5530 Multivariate Data Analysis.