Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Atmospheric Environmental Science
Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Atmospheric Environmental Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Environmental Science

Program Short Name

MPhil(AES)
PhD(AES)

Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

MPhil

Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 4 years
 

PhD

Full-time: 3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (with a bachelor’s degree only)
Part-time: 6 years

Program Advisor

PG Programs Coordinator (RPg program):
Prof Jianzhen YU, Professor of Environment and Sustainability and Professor of Chemistry

Enquiry

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program aims to train students to conduct independent research in Atmospheric Environmental Science. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field.
 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program seeks to train students in original research in Atmospheric Environmental Science and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline.

Currenly, the research concentrations include:

  • Aerosol physics and chemistry
  • Air quality modeling and data analysis
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Environmental sensing and measurement technology
  • Global and regional climate modeling
  • Health effects of air pollutants

The programs are offered by the Division of Environment and Sustainability with the following research foci and state-of-the-art facilities, equipping students with expertise and research experience in atmospheric environmental science.
 

Research Foci

The Division’s main areas of focus are:

  • Atmospheric science and air pollution
  • Oceanic science and water pollution
  • Climate change policy and adaptations
  • Sustainability
  • Healthy living environment


We also work at the points where these areas intersect, such as the scientific understanding of management strategies and policy formulations.  

 

Facilities

HKUST has excellent central facilities and equipment to support the Program's teaching and learning. These include: the Air Quality Research Supersite Facility, Environmental Central Facility, environmental monitoring facilities, realtime air quality and meteorological forecasting systems, satellite receiving systems and Geographical Information System.

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

MPhil: 9 credits
PhD: 12 credits
 

  1. Credit Transfer

Subject to approval of the PG Coordinator, PhD students who have taken the HKUST MPhil Program in Atmospheric Environmental Science will be granted credit transfer of up to a maximum of 9 credits. Students admitted to the PhD program with a relevant master’s degree may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis. In such case, the maximum number of credits transferrable is 6.
 

  1. Core Course

ENVR 5310
ORENVR 5410

 

  1. Elective Courses

MPhil: 6 credits, including:

  1. 3 credits from the following course list; and

  2. 3 credits of approved postgraduate course endorsed by the Program Director.


PhD: 9 credits, including:

  1. 6 credits from the following course list; and

  2. 3 credits of approved postgraduate course endorsed by the Program Director.
     

ENVR 6040
EVSM 6070
MATH 5311
MATH 5350
MATH 5351
MATH 5460
MECH 5210
PHYS 5110

 

  1. Professional Development Course Requirement

PDEV 6770


Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval of the Interdisciplinary Programs Office.
 

  1. English Language Requirement

LANG 5000


Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

 

LANG 5080
LANG 5081


MPhil students are required to complete LANG 5081. PhD students are required to complete LANG 5080 and LANG 5081.

The credits earned from LANG 5080 and LANG 5081 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5080 and/or LANG 5081 with the approval of the supervisor and the PG Coordinator.
 

  1. Postgraduate Seminar

 

ENVR 6010


Students must take ENVR 6010 whenever it is offered.
 

  1. PhD Qualifying Examination

PhD students are required to submit a thesis proposal to the Qualifying Examination Committee who will examine the students’ general background knowledge and knowledge related to the topic of the research. Students must pass the qualifying examination no later than the fourth regular term of study for full-time students, or the sixth regular term of study for part-time students.
 

  1. Thesis Research

ENVR 6990
ENVR 7990


MPhil:

  1. Registration in ENVR 6990; and

  2. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

PhD:

  1. Registration in ENVR 7990; and

  2. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

 

Last update: 20 September 2018

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

 

1. General 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.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • 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.