Postgraduate Programs


MPhil / PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)

This broad-based program embraces a wide spectrum of environmental interests, serving as a proactive platform for interdisciplinary research involving scientific, technological, environmental socio-economic and policy challenges.Students are trained to conduct high-quality and rigorous original research and to solve challenging environmental problems through fostering the independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking essential for a successful career in research, management or policy formulation in this area.

The program’s research concentrations include:

  • Atmospheric Modeling/Chemistry
  • Climate Change and Adaptations
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Environmental Pollution and Health
  • Physical/Biophysical Oceanography and Ecosystem Modeling
  • Sustainability, Energy and Environment
  • Water Resources Management

To facilitate interdisciplinary research, students are co-supervised by Division faculty members and faculty members appointed jointly with other Schools.

Visit program website for details. 

MPhil/PhD in Atmospheric Environmental Science (AES)

The program seeks to train students to conduct independent research in Atmospheric Environmental Science. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge that contributes to the field. The PhD program seeks to train students in original research and to nurture the independent thinking that is essential for a successful research career in atmospheric environmental science.

Visit program website for details. 

MSc / PGD in Environmental Science and Management (EVSM)

A unique opportunity to combine advanced environmental science and management courses with engineering electives to update and advance understanding of new trends and emerging environmental issues. Students can apply the latest concepts to local, regional and global environmental problems while cultivating a sense of stewardship toward sustainable development in their respective industries and sectors.

The Postgraduate Diploma provides flexibility for students unable to commit the time and financial resources required by the MSc.

Visit program website for details. 

MPhil / PhD in Public Policy (PP)

Rigorous research training for academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. Given the breadth and depth of HKUST faculty expertise across departments and Schools, Public Policy students can specialize in one of the following policy areas:

  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Environmental Policy and Sustainability
  • Social Changes and Public Policy
  • China’s Development Policy

To facilitate interdisciplinary research, students will be co-supervised by Division faculty members and faculty members appointed jointly with other Schools.

Visit program website for details. 

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

An interdisciplinary program enabling students to understand the impact of science and technology innovation and develop skills to formulate and implement meaningful responses to current and emerging global challenges. The program draws from research and teaching excellence across disciplines at HKUST to equip students with a set of core skills in data analytics, economic analysis and management, which are transferable across sectors, issues and global regions. This Master’s degree is especially useful for policy professionals in information technology and telecommunications, environment, energy, healthcare, transportation and finance.

Visit program website for details. 

MPhil / PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) (IIP)

This program offers students a broad academic freedom to create a unique research postgraduate program focused on a specialized area of research in ways that best suit their own intellectual interests and passion, by working on an interdisciplinary research topic and using courses from different Departments/Divisions and Universities to fulfill the curriculum requirement.  It aims to create an organic curriculum to facilitate students’ intellectual growth, exploration into novel research direction and a long term commitment in an interdisciplinary research field bridging seemingly unrelated areas.  IIP would make an ideal choice for these students with academic and research interests which extend beyond the boundaries of HKUST’s existing RPg programs.  IIP students have to develop a research plan and framework which allow them to explore their unique research interests and to work with their primary supervisor and co-supervisors to pursue and complete their degree. The program is intended to meet the needs of applicants who have well-articulated research goals which cannot be reached through established RPg programs.

For detailed curriculum requirement, please refer to PGSO curriculum website.

Please email to for enquiries.