Why Study at HKU?

High value placed on research postgraduate students at HKU

With HKU’s commitment to research excellence, research postgraduate students are an important and valued part of the University. They currently represent 10% of the total student population and make a valuable contribution to the University’s research work and environment.

Research excellence

HKU has won a proud reputation as a world-class comprehensive research university. Its research is of proven quality and utility, and it has a very successful record in the competitive local market for research funding. It has the highest number of awards among Hong Kong government-funded institutions for, e.g., Areas of Excellence awards, General Research Fund awards, Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowships and academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. HKU also has the highest number of refereed publications per academic and research staff member.

World-class teaching

HKU has been consistently pursuing a vision of high quality education and it adopts a student-centred approach in research postgraduate education. Its academics are recruited from leading universities across the world, and many are highly regarded in the global academic community.

International focus

The University has academic links with more than 400 overseas universities and hosts over 10,000 international students. About 67% of its academic staff come from overseas.  Research postgraduate students have opportunities to take part in overseas training and international research collaboration.

Wide range of fields of study

HKU offers MPhil and PhD programmes in a wide range of subjects under the Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Sciences.

Use of English as the medium of instruction

A distinctive position as an English-medium university in Asia is one of HKU’s great strengths.

Well-designed coursework component

In addition to the long-established one-to-one mentorship system of supervision, a coursework element on discipline-specific knowledge, language and research skills is usually included to help students undertake their research work and prepare for thesis writing.

State-of-the-art support facilities

HKU’s students have access to first-class libraries (with over 4.69 million e-books, 132,518 e-journals and 935 e-databases) as well as computer, and sports and leisure facilities. The University also provides residential accommodation for a proportion of its students.

Career prospects

Many of HKU’s graduates are employed in high-level positions in universities, government, business and industry in Hong Kong and around the world. According to the most recent employment survey on postgraduates, over 80% of the respondents are employed and around 8.5% are furthering their studies.