The Department currently has three main research groups, namely, Applied Optimisation and Operations Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Mathematics, and Engineering and Computational Mathematics.
The Department offers both MPhil and PhD research programmes in the following five major areas:
- Applied Optimisation and Optimal Control
- Applied Statistics
- Computational Mathematics
- Financial Mathematics
- Operations Research
World-leading research and top in world rankings
Our research in Mathematics and Statistics has received remarkable recognition since 2009. ISI Essential Science Indicators (ESI) has listed PolyU as a highly cited institution in Mathematics since 2015. In 2019, PolyU was listed the world top 100 in the subjects of Mathematics, and Statistics and Operational Research by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking, and the 74th Best Global Universities for Mathematics by the U.S. News & World Report.
CAS AMSS-POLYU Joint Laboratory of Applied Mathematics
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science (AMSS) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Joint Laboratory of Applied Mathematics is one of 22 CAS joint laboratories with universities of Hong Kong, which were approved by CAS in October 2018. The CAS AMSS-PolyU Laboratory has three research groups with members from AMSS and PolyU, and will capitalise on their specialities to extend the frontiers of research in applied mathematics. For more details, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/cas-amss-polyu/
The PolyU-SDU Joint Research Center on Financial Mathematics
The PolyU-SDU Joint Research Center on Financial Mathematics was established in 2010 to promote research collaboration on Financial Mathematics among researchers of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Shandong University (SDU). It fosters technical exchange and research cooperation between Mainland China and Hong Kong, and allows the Party to capitalise on their specialities to extend the frontiers of Financial Mathematics.
The Department has a Statistical Advisory Unit that provides both internal and external statistical consultancy and advisory services.
The University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA)
The University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA) was established on 8 May 2018. It is the first university-wide research facility in big data analytics among the universities in Hong Kong. The facility is jointly managed by big data experts from the Department of Computing and AMA and representatives from other disciplines. UBDA will provide consultancy service and technical support to PolyU research community and industry partners, assisting them in developing innovative solutions to research problems and application challenges by capitalising on the use of models, algorithms and platforms for big data analytics and processing. Our Department will facilitate multidisciplinary research in big data.
General Entrance Requirements
To register for the degree of MPhil, a student must hold:
- A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours from a recognised university; OR
- Other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent.
To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognised university.
In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.
PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.
English Language Requirements
The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university are:
- An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.
All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.