Postgraduate Programs 2020/21
Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship
Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship
Doctor of Philosophy in Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship

Program Short Name

MPhil(IPE)
PhD(IPE)

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 (without a relevant research master’s degree)
Part-time : 6 years

Offering Unit

Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship Thrust Area

Society Hub

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Ye QI, Professor of Public Policy

Enquiry

Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship is an emerging interdisciplinary area that has become increasingly important in recent years in addressing global challenges in governance and provision of private and public goods and services. It focuses on linkages among innovation, entrepreneurship, and public policy in development of human society. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship are interdisciplinary programs that prepare the next generation of leaders in solving problems at the interface of technology and society through innovation in technology, institution, policy, entrepreneurship, and business model.

 

The MPhil Program aims to train students to conduct independent research in innovation, policy and entrepreneurship. An MPhil graduate is expected to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge and demonstrate skills in the area, and to contribute to innovation, public policy and entrepreneurship in practice.

 

The PhD Program seeks to train students in original research with cross-disciplinary approach to innovation, policy and entrepreneurship, and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking for knowledge creation in policy, innovation and entrepreneurship. A PhD graduate is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen area of research and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the cross-disciplinary area.

On successful completion of the MPhil program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify issues concerning technology of the future and create an environment conducive to its creation, dissemination, and management;
  2. Identify and synthesize current research and conduct high-quality IPE research in academia and/or industry; and
  3. Analyze issues, design, and execute IPE research by utilizing sound research methodologies.

 

On successful completion of the PhD program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify issues concerning technology of the future and create an environment conducive to its creation, dissemination, and management;
  2. Identify and synthesize current research and conduct high-quality IPE research in academia and/or industry;
  3. Compare and contrast state-of-the-art knowledge in innovation studies, public policy, and entrepreneurship, and apply such knowledge on IPE practice;
  4. Analyze issues, design, and execute IPE research by utilizing sound research methodologies; and
  5. Present developed IPE knowledge and research to academic and practitioners’ communities.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    MPhil: 15 credits 
    PhD: 21 credits 
     

  2. Credit Transfer 

    Students who have taken equivalent courses at HKUST or other recognized universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 3 credits for MPhil students, and 6 credits for PhD students. 
     

  3. Cross-disciplinary Core Courses

2 credits
 

IIMP 6010
IIMP 6020
IIMP 6030
IIMP 6040

 

All students are required to complete either IIMP 6010 or IIMP 6030. Students may complete the remaining courses as part of the credit requirements, as requested by the Program Planning Committee.

 

  1. Hub Core Courses

4 Credits

 

Students are required to complete at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from the Society Hub and at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from other Hubs.

 

  Society Hub Core Course

SOCH 5000

 

  Other Hub Core Courses

FUNH 5000
INFH 5000
SYSH 5000

 

  1. Courses on Domain Knowledge

MPhil: minimum 9 credits of coursework 
PhD: minimum 15 credits of coursework 
 

Under this requirement, each student is required to take a required course and other elective courses to form an individualized curriculum relevant to the cross-disciplinary thesis research. To ensure that students will take appropriate courses to equip them with needed domain knowledge, each student has a Program Planning Committee to approve the courses to be taken soonest after program commencement and no later than the end of the first year. Depending on the approved curriculum, individual students may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimal credit requirements.
 

  Required Course List

IPEN 5100

 

  Sample Elective Course List

To meet individual needs, students will be taking courses in different areas, which may include but not limited to courses and areas listed below.
 

IPEN 5200
IPEN 5300
IPEN 5400
IPEN 5500
IPEN 5600
ELEC 5540
ENVR 5340
ENVR 5360
ENVS 5116
ISDN 5001
ISOM 5370
ISOM 5480
JEVE 5530
JEVE 5820
orCBME 5820
PPOL 5120
orSOSC 5790
PPOL 5150
PPOL 5180
PPOL 5210
PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230
PPOL 5270
SOSC 5090
SOSC 5340
SOSC 5700
SOSC 5770
orPPOL 5190
SSMA 5140
SSMA 5220

 

  1. Additional Foundation Courses

Individual students may be required to take foundation courses to strengthen their academic background and research capacity in related areas, which will be specified by the Program Planning Committee. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

 

Unless clearly demonstrating sufficient knowledge in the area, students entering the MPhil or PhD Program are required to take the following course in the first regular term of study:

PPOL 5140

 

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistant Training
PDEV 6800


All full-time RPg students are required to complete PDEV 6800. The course is composed of a 10-hour training offered by the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), and session(s) of instructional delivery to be assigned by the respective departments. Upon satisfactory completion of the training conducted by CEI, MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms. The instructional delivery will be formally assessed.

 

  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 taking PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

 

SOCH 6780


Students are required to complete SOCH 6780. The 1 credit earned from SOCH 6780 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.


PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed SOCH 6780 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking SOCH 6780, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

 

  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 5001
LANG 5002
LANG 5010

 

Students are required to take one of the above three courses. The credit earned from the above cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Program Planning Committee.
 

  1. Postgraduate Seminar
IPEN 6101
IPEN 6102


IPEN 6101 and IPEN 6102 will be offered in different terms. Students are required to complete IPEN 6101 and IPEN 6102 in two terms. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

 

  1. PhD Qualifying Examination

PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination to obtain PhD candidacy following established policy.

 

  1. Thesis Research
IPEN 6990
IPEN 7990

 

  MPhil:

  1. Registration in IPEN 6990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

PhD:

  1. Registration in IPEN 7990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

 

 

Last Update: 10 August 2020

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: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt


Applicants are not required 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.