MPhil in Environmental Science, Policy and Management

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Description

MPhil in Environmental Science, Policy and Management

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


We are living in a world facing serious interrelated environmental problems, including climate change, pervasive pollution, reduction in biodiversity, and looming supply constraints for a number of key natural resources. Individually, and especially in combination, these issues pose serious challenges to sustainable development.

The Division of Environment and Sustainability has been created to meet such challenges. Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds in science, engineering, business and social sciences to provide integrated and cutting-edge education and research on global environmental issues and emerging solutions.

Our postgraduate programs offer students a great opportunity to gain a broader understanding of environmental science and related policies to help increase their understanding of the issues involved in tackling the environment and their ability to generate meaningful solutions.

This is a broad-based research postgraduate program that embraces a wide spectrum of environmental interests. It serves as an innovative platform for interdisciplinary research involving scientific, technological, environmental socio-economic and policy challenges.

The program trains students in original research and seeks to cultivate the independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful career in research, management or policy formulation in this area. It provides students with the background to solve complex environmental problems and to engage in interdisciplinary environmental research that can have a high impact on Hong Kong and the world.

To facilitate interdisciplinary research, students enrolled in the Program will be co-supervised by faculty members of the Division who have been appointed jointly with other schools.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program aims to train students to conduct independent interdisciplinary research in Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Research Foci

The following areas are the Division's main foci; we also work at the points where these areas intersect, such as the scientific understanding of management strategies and policy formulations:

  • Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution,
  • Oceanic Science and Water Pollution,
  • Climate Change Policy and Adaptations,
  • Sustainability,
  • Healthy Living Environment.


Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

ii. English Language Admission Requirements

You have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:

  • TOEFL-iBT 80
  • TOEFL-pBT 550
  • TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module)
    • For 2019/20 Admissions: Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-scores: 5.5
    • For 2018/19 Admissions: Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.

Application Deadline:

The next application will start in early September of 2018. For details, please visit here.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 7, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
2 - 4 years
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42,100 HKD
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Hong Kong - Hong Kong
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