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Joint PhD Degree / Joint Educational Placement for PhD

Joint PhD Degree

Following the Senate's approval of the Guidelines for Joint and Double Degree Programmes at PhD Level, the University signed agreements with King's College London (KCL), Imperial College London (ICL) and Universitas 21 (U21) in 2009 on joint PhD programmes.

The joint PhD programmes offer students the opportunities to benefit from shared research excellence in a wide range of disciplines between HKU and its prestigious partners. Students will acquire enriching international experience in learning and research, an invaluable asset in their career development. The joint PhD programmes are elite programmes and will admit only a very small number of high calibre students. Students have to apply directly to the joint PhD programmes, i.e., transfer from a conventional single PhD programme to a joint PhD programme will not be accepted. Students in the joint PhD programmes can apply for study leave of up to half of the entire period of study, for the purpose of study at the partner university.


Students admitted to the joint PhD programmes will:

  • be registered at both universities and be able to enjoy their full range of academic and various facilities;

  • be guided in their work by faculty members from both universities, and be examined to the standards of both;

  • normally split their time of study equally between the two universities and spend the last 6 months of study in the home university; and

  • be conferred a PhD degree jointly awarded by HKU and the partner university.

Overview of Programmes Available

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Joint Educational Placement for PhD

The University signed an agreement with the University of Toronto (U of T) in November 2011 on joint educational placement for doctoral students.

The joint educational placement offers PhD students the opportunities to benefit from shared research excellence in a wide range of disciplines between HKU and U of T. Students will acquire enriching international experience in learning and research, an invaluable asset in their career development. The joint educational placement arrangement is elite and will accept only a very small number of high calibre students. Students have to apply directly to the PhD programme offered under the joint educational placement arrangement, i.e., transfer from a conventional single PhD programme to a joint educational placement arrangement will not be accepted. Students can apply for study leave of up to half of the entire period of study, for the purpose of study at the U of T.

Students admitted under the joint educational placement arrangement will:

  • be registered at both institutions and be able to enjoy their full range of academic and various facilities;

  • be guided in their work by faculty members from both institutions, and be examined to the standards of both;

  • normally split their time of study equally between the two institutions, and spend the last 6 month of study at the lead institution; and

  • be conferred a single doctoral degree from the lead institution. The transcript will have a note on it stating that “the degree is awarded as a single degree under a Joint Placement arrangement with the [Collaborator Institution]”.

Overview of Programmes Available

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