24 months
5367 USD/year
Tuition fee
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HKUMed shares with other Faculties in the University the common goals of imparting knowledge to students through research.  Every department and school in the Faculty actively participates in the training of research postgraduate students for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Medicine degrees at The University of Hong Kong. Get the latest pamphlet: https://hkumed.hk/193963


The HKU Medical Faculty offers several research postgraduate programmes in which students are able to train alongside Faculty members, work in state-of-the-art laboratories, and participate in international exchange programmes.

What you'll learn

While pre-clinical departments conduct and supervise research mainly in laboratories, clinical departments conduct and supervise research in both laboratories and clinical settings.  Research postgraduate students (RPgs) of the Faculty enjoy the benefits of working in state-of-the-art laboratories and technologically advanced core facilities.

The Faculty has been attracting high calibre candidates to enroll in its research postgraduate programmes.  The Medicine programmes at The University of Hong Kong are not only popular among graduates in medicine and other healthcare profession, graduates in biological, biomedical, and health sciences.  Graduates in physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences and social sciences are also welcome to apply.

Programme Structure

Research component:

  • MPhil and PhD candidates are required to undertake research studies in a chosen field of study under supervision of at least one supervisor.  The result of the research, presented in the form of a thesis, must be submitted for examination by the end of the prescribed period of study.
  • A successful MPhil thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which displays some originality and demonstrates a sound understanding of the field of study and the appropriate research methods. A successful PhD thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which should be an original contribution to knowledge and worthy of publication.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Start date: Jan 1, Sep 1
  • Applications deadlines (HK time): Dec 1 noon, Apr 30, Aug 31


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
First Class (recommended)

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Certificates and complete transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate studies
  • Statement of research interest or research proposal (online submission)
  • Two academic referee's reports
  • Official score report of one of the following English language proficiency tests
  • Proof of payment of application fee
  • Any other material which applicants would like to bring to the attention of the University, e.g. list of publications, documentary evidence of academic awards and professional qualifications, and summary of relevant experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5367 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5367 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Full-time: HK$42,100 p.a.#
  • Part-time: HK$63,000 p.a.
  • # Waived for local full-time Research Postgraduate students.

Living costs for Hong Kong

13720 - 23419 HKD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF)

  • Eligibility: Full-time MPhil/PhD candidates
  • Stipend: HK$325,200 (~US$41,640) monthly
  • Travel allowance: HK$13,600 (~US$1,740) annually
  • Accommodation: Guaranteed hall place for the 1st year with possibility of renewal
  • Composition fees: HK$42,100 (~US$5,400) waived annually

Tuition Waiver Scheme

  • Eligibility: Full-time local MPhil/PhD candidates
  • Composition fees: HK$42,100 (~US$5,400) waived annually

Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)

  • Eligibility: Full-time MPhil/PhD candidates
  • Stipend: HK$216,360 (~US$276,000) monthly

Doctoral Entrance Scholarship for Medical Research Excellence

  • Cash award: HK$50,000 (~US$6,410) by four half-yearly instalments starting from the 1st year

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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