PhD & MPhil projects
Our graduate studies include course-based learning that supplements the research work students conduct for their projects. The details of our current projects as well as the new ones that are now open for applications can be found on the profile pages of our faculty members (See ‘People’ section).
Major Research Areas
Geodynamic evolution of the East Asia/West Pacific:
Tectonics, structural geology, sedimentary geology, palaeontology, palaeomagnetics, micropalaeontology.
Contact Person: Dr A.A.G. Webb (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere:
Ophiolite, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, volcanology, isotope geochronology.
Contact Person: Professor M. Sun (Email: email@example.com)
Geophysics, hydrogeology, engineering geology, hydrothermal system, mineral deposits.
Contact Person: Professor J.J.J. Jiao (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Earth and planetary sciences:
Dynamics and formation of planetary and satellite systems.
Contact Person: Dr M.H. Lee (Email: email@example.com)
Global change, monsoon climate, sea level change, quaternary geology, coastal management, natural and technological hazards.
Contact Person: Professor Y.Q. Zong (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Astrobiology and geobiology:
The origin, evolution and habitability of life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.
Contact Person: Dr Y.L. Li (Email: email@example.com)
Inspiration of PhD
Understanding the evolution of Earth and life over the last 4.5 billion years is both a fascinating topic and essential knowledge. Scientists in the Department of Earth Sciences undertake world-class research in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology/palaeobiology, planetary science and current issues such as global change. This provides our postgraduate students with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from, so that they can build a solid foundation for their future careers in science. Our postgraduate students, like our staff scientists, also visit important field sites worldwide and perform experiments using cutting-edge instrumentation. Our postgraduate programs aim to produce well-rounded Earth scientists, with a global perspective by encouraging creative and critical thinking, and developing their capability for making original discoveries.
How to apply
Please visit the Graduate School website of the University of Hong Kong (http://www.gradsch.hku.hk) for information on application requirements and procedures. Your application will need to include a research proposal to demonstrate your research focus and capability. It is essential for prospective students to contact potential supervisor(s) ahead of application submission in order to determine if he/she/they are interested in admitting a new student and to discuss project details. Making timely contact with a potential supervisor ensures that your application is complete and will save you time if the staff member(s) concerned have no vacancies.