Imperial College London (ICL) and The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Joint PhD Programme


Background of ICL

Founded in 1907, ICL is a science-based institution. It was made up of Faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences and the Business School. It is one of the top 10 universities based on the QS World University Rankings 2013/14. It owns cutting edge research facilities, industry-standard equipment and top teaching environments like laboratories, workshops and smaller workrooms for individual or small group study, which is one of the largest estates in the UK university sector.

The Joint PhD programme was launched in 2010-11. Candidates can benefit from excellent training and the extraordinary resources of two world-class research institutions while having an unforgettable international experience, which will considerably enhance the research and employment opportunities on an international scale.


1. Faculty of Engineering at HKU with Faculty of Engineering at Imperial

2. Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at HKU with Faculty of Medicine at Imperial

3. Faculty of Science at HKU with Faculties of Natural Sciences, Medicine and Engineering at Imperial


Both universities have agreed that no further admissions will be accepted with effect from academic year 2015-16.


Fees, Scholarships and Living Expenses

Joint PhD candidates will pay tuition fees to the admitting university for the whole period of candidature. Applicants applying through The University of Hong Kong can apply for Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS). A small number of University Postgraduate Fellowship (UPF) are also reserved for Joint PhD students with excellent academic performance. Please click here for more information about PGS and UPF. 

The living cost of students varies depending on different factors like duration of study, accommodation type and life style. Please click here for details.

Award of Degree

Upon successful completion of the programme, a student will be conferred a PhD degree jointly awarded by HKU and ICL.

Media Coverage

Joint PhD Programmes (March 2011)