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 a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (~USD 2,500) and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~ USD1,300) per year for a maximum period of three years. Details of the Scheme are available at .

Video clip : Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


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.