SZU-HKUST Joint PhD Program in
Marine Environmental Science
The Joint PhD
program aims to train students in original research in marine environmental
science, and independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a
successful research career. In particular, the collaborative effort provides
students with opportunities to benefit from the research excellence
shared between HKUST and Shenzhen University (SZU), as well as to cultivate
outstanding science and technology talents to build a sustainable
economy in China.
completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from SZU and a
degree certificate from HKUST, with a special note to indicate that the degree
was conferred through a joint program.
students who apply for the program should send their applications for admission
to SZUIAS. The applications will first be assessed and selected by SZU, then
recommended to HKUST for review, and officially admitted by HKUST. Current
postgraduate students of both universities are eligible for the program
provided that the students meet all the admission requirements of both
universities including the English Language proficiency requirements of HKUST.
To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following
requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements
does not guarantee admission.
Admission Requirements of the University
Applicants seeking admission to a
master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a
recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;
Applicants seeking admission to a
doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven
record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented
evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis
for at least one year, or on a part- time basis for at least two years.
Language Admission Requirements
to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency
TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test
(effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
(total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score:
6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5
Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if
their first language is English, or
they obtained the bachelor's degree (or
equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.
For all applicants, please send in the following application materials
(scanned or electronic file) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “SZU-HKUST Joint PhD Program in Marine
Environmental Science—xxx your name”.
(a) Identity Document
Applicants in Hong Kong: Hong Kong ID
Applicants from Mainland China: Mainland
ID Card/ EEP/ Passport
Other Applicants: Social Security Card/
Transcripts and Degree Certificates of Academic Qualification
To cover the full tertiary education
Latest transcript if the degree program
is not yet completed
Final transcript and degree certificate
for a completed program
(c) Institution Grading System
To show the transcript legends/ keys/
grading scales; normally found at the back of the transcript or student
(d) Proof of English Proficiency
TOEFL/IELTS (Academic Module) score
report, if available
An official letter confirming that you
obtained your bachelor's degree from an institution where the medium of
instruction is English
Not required if your first language is English
(e) Public Exam Score Reports
Required only if there is a
Program-Specific Requirement on public examination achievements, e.g. GMAT, GRE
(f) Proposed Research Plan and Past
Research Experience (for application to Research Postgraduate Programs)
Experience or participation in research
Proposed research topic and plan for
What if some of
the above documents are not yet available?
are expected to be available after application submission:
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receive the result and fill in the result if it is available in the Online
are available after getting the offer:
Send the official documents to
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Nominate 2 - 5 referees to support your application. The referees will be
invited by email to complete a reference report online.
duration of the program is normally 4 years. Each student is required to spend
a minimum of 2 years at each university.
The curriculum is divided into two parts, one part at SZU and
another at HKUST. Students are required to complete both parts for graduation.
Students must fulfill the designed program requirements, which include at
least 12 credits of courses at HKUST and all the degree requirements of PhD
degree program at HKUST. Please refer to http://oces.ust.hk/programs-pg-szu-hkust-joint-phd-mes for more
supervisors―one from SZU and one from HKUST―will be assigned to each student.
Developed by a three-person group: The
two co-supervisors and the student;
Stipulates the graduation requirements
of both universities, including the curriculum and the research topic;
Includes the period of attendance at
each university, arrangement of the qualifying examination, a brief description
of the thesis research, courses to be taken at each university, credit transfer
Must be endorsed by the co-supervisors
of SZU and HKUST before commencement of the study. Subsequent changes made to
the study plan must be endorsed in writing by the relevant departments of both
Medium of Instruction
qualifying examination, thesis work, and thesis examination will be conducted
Progress Assessment and Quality Assurance
progress of students will be monitored by a Thesis Supervision Committee
consisting of a minimum of 3 faculty members from both universities, including
the 2 co-supervisors of the student and 1 faculty member from HKUST. Each
student is required to submit an annual progress report at the end of each
academic year for assessment by the Thesis Supervision Committee. A thesis in
English together with an abstract in Chinese should be submitted after the
completion of thesis research. An oral defense in English in front of a Thesis
Examination Committee will be required.
Studentship and Scholarship
Students will be awarded the studentship from SZU, the amount of which is
equivalent to the postgraduate studentship for other HKUST research
postgraduates during their residency in HKUST.
Students may be awarded this Scholarship from SZU during their residency in
scholarship may be suspended if a student fails in his/her interim or annual
examination or has not made good progress in thesis work. Students who withdraw
from the program of study without justifiable reasons will be required to fully
refund the scholarship received during their residency in SZU.
Due to limited
student accommodation at HKUST, students are required to arrange their own
accommodation outside HKUST campus.
based on a student’s research work during the Joint PhD Program study should
carry the names of both institutions. The first affiliation of the papers
should be determined by the co-supervisors of the student. Ownership of
Intellectual property created by students in the Joint PhD Program will be
governed by the policy on ownership of intellectual property of the institution
at which the student is in residence at the time the intellectual property is
In other situations where the demarcation of intellectual property rights
cannot be clearly defined, an agreement should be reached between the
co-supervisors and the student concerned before the student graduates.
(Please also refer to: http://oces.ust.hk/programs-pg-szu-hkust-joint-phd-mes for more information)