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MPhil and PhD Programs in
Atmospheric Environmental Science (AES)

Curriculum
(w.e.f. Fall 2018-19 and applies to student cohort admitted from Fall 2018-19)

1. Minimum Credit Requirement

  • MPhil: 9 credits
  • PhD: 12 credits

2. 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.

3. Core Course

ENVR 5310

Atmospheric Dynamics

3 Credit(s)

or ENVR 5410

Atmospheric Chemistry

3 Credit(s)

4. Elective Courses

    MPhil: 6 credits, including:

  • 3 credits from the following course list; and
  • 3 credits of approved postgraduate course endorsed by the Program Director.

    PhD: 9 credits, including:

  • 6 credits from the following course list; and
  • 3 credits of approved postgraduate course endorsed by the Program Director.

CIVL 4470

Air Quality Control and Management

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 5320

Environmental Data Analysis

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 5330

Environmental Geographical Information System

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 5340

Fundamentals of Sustainability Science and Technology

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 5350

Climate Dynamics

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 5390

Satellite Remote Sensing and Informatics

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 5400

Weather, Climate and Air Pollution

3 Credit(s)

ENVR 6040

Special Topics in Environmental Science

1-4 Credit(s)

EVSM 5280

Introduction to Atmospheric Aerosols

3 Credit(s)

EVSM 6070

Environmental Impact Assessment

4 Credit(s)

MATH 5311

Advanced Numerical Methods I

3 Credit(s)

MATH 5350

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Inviscid Flows

3 Credit(s)

MATH 5351

Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering I

3 Credit(s)

MATH 5460

Time Series Analysis

3 Credit(s)

MECH 4350

Indoor Air Quality in Buildings

3 Credit(s)

MECH 5210

Fluid Dynamics

3 Credit(s)

PHYS 5110

Mathematical Methods in Physics

4 Credit(s)

No more than 6 credits of 4000-level courses can be used to fulfill the requirement.

5. Graduate Teaching Assistant Training

PDEV 6800

Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

0 Credit(s)

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.

6. Professional Development Course Requirement

PDEV 6770

Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students

1 Credit(s)

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.

ENVR 6770

Professional Development in Environmental Science, Policy and Management

1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete ENVR 6770. The 1 credit earned from ENVR 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed ENVR 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking ENVR 6770, subject to prior approval of the Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

7. English Language Requirement

LANG 5000

Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students

1 Credit(s)

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

English Seminar and Presentation Skills

3 Credit(s)

LANG 5081

Research Writing Skills

3 Credit(s)

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.

8. Postgraduate Seminar

ENVR 6010

Postgraduate Seminar

0 Credit(s)

Students must take ENVR 6010 whenever it is offered.

9. 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.

10. Thesis Research

ENVR 6990

MPhil Thesis Research

0 Credit(s)

ENVR 7990

Doctoral Thesis Research

0 Credit(s)

    MPhil:

  • Registration in ENVR 6990; and
  • Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

    PhD:

  • Registration in ENVR 7990; and
  • Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.