General Information

Both the PhD and MPhil degrees are research-oriented. A student is required:
  • to complete an approved programme of supervised research;
  • to present a written thesis which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the candidate's field of study which describes and summarizes the research undertakings and findings;
  • to satisfy the Board of Examiners in an oral examination, (and any other examination if deemed necessary), on matters relevant to the subject of the thesis; and
  • to comply with supervision, attendance and all coursework requirements as laid down by the respective Faculty/ School.
A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the MPhil degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 12 months (for a part-time candidate, up to 18 months). A full-time candidate registered provisionally for the PhD degree is subject to a probationary period of up to 24 months (for a part-time candidate, up to 27 months). At the end of the probationary period and after the submission of a research prospectus to the University's Committee on Graduate Studies, the candidate will be assessed and candidature will be confirmed or terminated.

Financial assistance

Normally, studentships are provided to full-time MPhil and PhD students. The monthly studentship should be enough for tuition fee, accommodation and sundries, etc.

Admission Requirement

The following information is the admission requirement for MPhil and PhD applicants, for detailed information about the admission, please visit the Academic Registry and Graduate School of HKBU.

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree program should possess:
  • master's degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
  • a bachelor's degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
  • any other qualification deemed by the Research Committee of the University to be acceptable for this purpose.

Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil degree program should possess:
  • a bachelor's degree with honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
  • a qualification deemed to be equivalent.
and, if required, shall satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.

Candidates should have evidence of research achievement/experience. They may be admitted to the MPhil program initially, but with a view that they will proceed to the PhD program after satisfactorily passing assessment at the time of candidature confirmation.

Application Procedure

Applications can be submitted -
  • in person to the Office of Graduate School (Address: AAB 904, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) during office hours or to the collection box
  • by mail to the same office; or
  • through on-line application
Documents to be Submitted Together with the Application Form -
  • Photocopies:
    • HKID card (for local applicants) or passport/other identity document of home country (for non-local applicants)
    • Original degree certificate(s)/graduation diploma(s) AND transcript(s) for the academic qualification(s)
    • Original certificate(s) for the professional qualification(s)
  • Confidential Recommendation
  • Payment Proof of Application Fee

Period of Study and Requirements

Both the PhD and MPhil degree programmes may be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time mode.
Normal study period
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – 48 months
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – 24 months

Overseas Attachment

PhD candidates are required to fulfil an overseas attachment or other comparable overseas research learning experience for a period of 3 to 6 months after the confirmation of candidature.

Research Facilities

Notable Alumni
JIANG La-Sheng

PhD (HKBU, 1998)
Professor, School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal Uni., China

HE Xu-min

PhD (HKBU, 1998)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (HKBU)
Professor, Xiamen Uni., China

DAI Hongxing

PhD (HKBU, 2001)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (HKBU)
Professor, Beijing Uni. of Tech., China

ZHANG Hong-Kui

PhD (HKBU, 2001)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (HKBU)
Professor, Xiamen Uni., China

LO Pik Kwan, Peggy

BSc Chemistry (HKBU, 2004)
MPhil (HKBU, 2006)
Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong

HO Cheuk-Lam

BSc Chemistry (HKBU, 2004)
PhD (HKBU, 2007)
Assistant Professor, PolyU

LI Zhonghui

PhD (HKBU, 2005)
Academic Registrar & Party Branch Secretary of Chengdu Normal University, China

QIAN, Tianxiu

PhD (HKBU, 2005)
Professor, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences


PhD (HKBU,2006)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (HKBU)
Professor and Party branch secretary for Dept. of Chemistry in Shanghai Uni., China

SUN XiaoHua

PhD (HKBU, 2006)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Uni. of Strasbourg, France)
Associate Professor, Chengdu Uni., China


PhD (HKBU, 2007)
Professor, Hubei University, China

CHAN Wan, Simon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Massachusetts Institute of Tech.)
PhD (HKBU, 2008)
Associate Professor, HKUST

LUO Qian

PhD (HKBU, 2008)
Assistant Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences


MPhil (HKBU, 2008)
PhD (Uni. of California, Los Angeles)

LI Jinhua

PhD (HKBU, 2009)
Assistant Professor, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

WU Jianlin

PhD (HKBU, 2009)
Assistant Professor, Macau Institute for Applied Research in Medicine and Health; State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicines, Macau University of Science and Technology

ZHU Jian-Fa

PhD (HKBU, 2011)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Uni. of Southern California)