Programmes in Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science offers the following research postgraduate programmes in both full-time and part-time modes:
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
- 3-year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- 4-year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Candidates are required to follow an approved programme of study and research under the supervision of at least one supervisor. Results of research must be presented in the form of a thesis. Each candidate is required to take an oral examination on the subject matter of his/her thesis and perform satisfactorily before receiving the degree. A PhD candidate beyond the probation period is required to give a departmental seminar before thesis submission. Research publication is strongly encouraged.
Candidates without a research Master’s degree shall be considered for admission to a 4-year PhD programme, and those who have research Master’s degrees shall be considered for admission to a 3-year PhD programme. Applicant attained a Bachelor’s degree with 1st class honor or GPA above 3.70 is eligible to apply for the 4-year PhD programme.
Requirements on Courses and Seminars
- An M.Phil. or Ph.D. student needs to give a satisfactory presentation of his/her research proposal as part of the requirements for confirmation of candidature before the end of the probationary period. Upon supervisor’s recommendation and FHDC’s approval, an MPhil student may transfer his/her candidature to that for the degree of Ph.D.
- A student needs to give a departmental pre-graduate seminar about his/her thesis work before thesis defense. This seminar is mandatory for students registered on or after September 1, 2005 and strongly recommended for students registered earlier.
- At least 50% of the required departmental courses should be finished by the end of the probationary period. In addition, the students need to complete courses offered by the Graduate School. Please follow the links to see the detailed course requirements:
Thanks for your interest in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programs in the Computer Science Department at the University of Hong Kong. In this department, we provide a variety of research areas for pursuing, and have outstanding professors doing active research in these areas. You are encouraged to carefully read the admission requirements and follow the application steps.
You are welcome to read up-to-date recruitment messages and expectations for future research students from individual professors in each research group.
The early recruitment scheme for graduate studies starting in 2021 at The Department of Computer Science at HKU (HKU CS) now invites applications from outstanding undergraduate students and master students studying in premier universities in both mainland China and the rest of the world. The faculty members of HKU CS include many internationally renowned scholars in diverse fields of Computer Science, such as AI, Algorithms, Bioinformatics, Computer Forensic, Information Security, Computer Vision and Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction, Database and Data Mining, Network, Programming Languages, Quantum Information and Computation, and Systems.
Deadline: 1st May, 2020 for 1st round and 1st September, 2020 for 2nd round
For details, please refer to http://i.cs.hku.hk/~gradappl/
Basic Admission Requirements
- All applicants must satisfy the respective admission requirements prescribed by The University, which normally requires a Bachelor’s degree with honours from this University, or an equivalent qualification from another university or comparable institution. Applicants with other qualifications or experience may be admitted under exceptional circumstances.
- Applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution using English as the language of instruction and examination are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a paper-based score 550 (or Internet-based score of 80) or above. Applicants can apply to use result from English proficiency tests such as IELTS, GCE, IGCSE, and CPE to satisfy the English Requirement.
- Applications are required to submit a Research Proposal giving a clear description of a particular aspect of the field in which they are interested in pursuing, and explaining the particular approach they propose to take in studying the subject matter.
Fellowships and Scholarships
To encourage students with outstanding academic performance to join our programmes, the following fellowships/scholarships are available:
- HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship
Up to around HK$404,000 (US$51,000) in the first year, and up to around HK$384,000 (US$49,000) in each of the subsequent years.
(Please visit: https://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/f/page/554/HKUPS.pdf for details)
- Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF) offered by the Research Grants Council
HK$25,800 per month + HK$12,900 per year
(Please visit: www.rgc.edu.hk/hkphd for details)
- University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) offered by HKU
At least HK$225,460 per year
(Combined value of UPF and PGS)
- *Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) offered by HKU
At least HK$207,960 per year
- HKPF awardees will not be concurrently awarded UPF or PGS