Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

4.1 out of 5 (24 ratings / 22 reviews) Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is committed to being a leader in academic world through excellence in teaching, research and people, while placing utmost value on the freedom to conduct academic activities, subject to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Humanities (2)
Education & Training (1)



In 1989, the leaders of Hong Kong saw a need to build a new, research-focused university to support the city’s future ambitions—to become not just the financial hub of Asia, but also a center of knowledge advancement, economic growth and influence in the Pearl River Delta Region, leveraging Hong Kong’s unique status with China who just recently opened to reforms.


The University positions itself as a focused elite research university at the cutting edge in all target fields of pursuit with global influence. HKUST brings together global thought leaders to foster interaction, and partner with government, business and industry, to make a significant contributions to the economic and social development both locally and nationally. 

In addition, the University encourages and commends the faculty, staff and students to dedicate themselves to service to the local community.


The Central Research Facilities are a pillar of the University’s research infrastructure and play a vital and integral role in our multidisciplinary approach.Research Focus:

  • Data Science
  • Sustainability
  • Public Policy
  • Autonomous Systems & Robotics
  • Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship, and many others


The Career Center at HKUST is dedicated to helping you explore, plan and prepare for your career. 

Whether you would like to find out your career interests, plan for further studies, understand the trends and prospects of your favorite industries, develop your career competencies, obtain up-to-date job information for internships, part-time or graduate employment, get prepared for the competitive job search process or need advice on making tough career decision, we are here to provide you with resources, services, programs and assistance along the way.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
34 -7
27 5
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
66 -10
56 -9
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
201 100
301 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
109 13
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Student services

The Dean of Students' Office are here to help you get the best out of your university education—making your time here at HKUST dear to your heart, significant to your growth and transforming to your life.

Housing services

The on-campus residential halls provide a total of:

  • 4,544 places for undergraduate students in UG Halls
  • 1,552 places in single or double rooms for Research Postgraduate Students

The University has also rented 9 apartments in Tai Po Tsai to provide accommodation for full-time postgraduate students, on taught programs offered by SENG. Please consult your SENG program office for details.

Library services

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the University must use their university or library cards for entry. Access to the Learning Commons after the Library closes is restricted to current HKUST students and staff only, using their own university cards.

Student Life

Campus life

From housing to dining and all the socializing that goes on in between, get to know your life and surroundings, facilities and resources for the time outside of the classroom.

Most of the facilities are available for booking by individual students on a first-come-first-served basis through the Facilities Booking System (FBS). For advance booking by student societies, please complete and submit the relevant application form and activity proposal to LG3 Amenities Service Counter.

Sports facilities

  • The University provides a variety of sports and recreation facilities for the enhancement and promotion of your total well-being. All Full-time and Part-time students, staff and family members, long-serving retirees / leavers and Sports Facilities User Card holders are welcome to use the facilities.  
  • The demand of sports facilities is quite keen. Sports skill classes, sports team practices and organized sports events including the intervarsity and intramural sports competitions are held in various facilities throughout the year.

Student clubs

The Students' Union is an unincorporated association formed by HKUST students who choose to register as its members.  

SU is entirely separate and independent from the University, its position, views or actions therefore do not represent that of the University. All undergraduate and postgraduate students shall be eligible for Full Membership. All members of the University, other than students eligible for Full Membership, shall be eligible for Associate Membership.

Student Reviews

Interdisciplinary program
Xihan YAO rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a interdisciplinary program. Students are coming from various backgrounds and try to solve environmental problems from various perspectives.

HKUST: A technology hub located in Hong Kong's scenic nook
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

HKUST has a great study and research environment. The standard of education delivered is high and students are encouraged to achieve their potential. There is a sense of competition among cohort which while encouraging leads to some stressful semesters. The facilities and student resources offered ensure holistic student development. It's scenic location by the coast...

Golden Experience
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The experience isgreat and potentiol of studies is good.

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