MPhil and PhD Programs in
Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)

Program Details
Program Duration and Class Hour
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil): Normally 2 years for full-time and 4 years for part-time study.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Normally 3 years if a relevant master's degree is earned prior to entering the PhD program or 4 years with a first degree for full-time; 8 years for part-time study.


Teaching Venue

HKUST Clear Water Bay Campus (Hong Kong).


Medium of instruction

All lectures and materials are in English.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) with aims to attract the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong.

The Fellowship provides each awardee with:

  • Stipend: HK$331,200 (~US$42,290) per year, for 4 years*
  • HKUST RedBird PhD Award: Recruitment Award of HK$40,000 (~US$5,110) in the first year
  • Academic Excellence Award of HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years^
  • Conference Travel Allowance: HK$13,800 (~US$1,760) per year for 4 years*; and
  • University Accommodation: Guaranteed in the first 2 years of research postgraduate studies
    * subject to continual meeting of renewal conditions and compliance to RGC's regulations
    ^ renewable in subsequent years, subject to continual meeting of renewal conditions

Details of the Scheme are available at .


Accommodation Arrangement

Details about accommodation arrangements are available at:


Graduation on Completion of Studies

When students have completed the degree requirements for an award, or are registered in courses that will complete the requirements for an award, they will be included in the list of potential graduates.

To be considered for graduation, an MPhil or PhD student must:

  • Complete the courses specified for the program;
  • Achieve a graduation grade average of at least 2.850 in the courses used to satisfy the program requirements;
  • Attain a pass in the thesis examination;
  • Complete the program within the specified time limit; and
  • Meet the residency requirements of the program.