Research Postgraduate Programmes

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General Information

The Department of Mathematics offers research postgraduate (RPg) programmes at Doctoral level and Master level, i.e. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and admits students from all over the world. The Department of Mathematics also collaborates with overseas universities to offer joint/dual RPg programmes. The main research groups of the Department include: Imaging Sciences, Optimization, Statistics, and Scientific Computing.

RPg programmes consist of two major elements: research and coursework. An RPg student will complete his/her coursework requirements and conduct his/her independent research under the guidance of a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor. A full-time MPhil student is expected to complete the programme in two years, whereas a full-time PhD student is expected to complete the programme in four years (for students admitted in and after the 2019/20 academic year).


How to Apply

The Department of Mathematics offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programmes for local and non-local applicants. To apply now, please click on the Online Application System for Admission to Postgraduate Studies webpage.


Application Deadlines for the 2024/25 Academic Year

Since admission offers are highly competitive and subject to quota availability, you are strongly advised to make your application as soon as possible.


Documents to be Submitted Together with the Application

(a) Photocopies


(b) Confidential Recommendation Form

All applicants are required to provide confidential references from two referees. Proposed supervisor(s) from HKBU and persons from non-academic background are not considered as appropriate academic referees. Your referees will receive an invitation email to complete an online confidential reference for you upon your successful submission of an online application.


Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee is HK$450.


Fees and Financial Aid

Research Studentships

The studentship is a scholarship to support full-time research students financially. Offering of studentships is subject to the department’s decision and indicated on the offer letter. The current studentship carries a monthly stipend of HK$18,180 (and HK$18,690 for PhD students after post-candidacy) in the 2023/24 academic year. Studentship recipients are expected to follow the terms and conditions, have satisfactory academic progress, and perform duties assigned by the Department of Mathematics. Part-time students are not eligible for studentships.


Tuition Fees

The current tuition fees is HK$42,100/academic year (UGC-funded) or HK$84,200/academic year (self-funded) for full-time PhD/MPhil students, and is HK$42,100/academic year (self-funded) for part-time PhD/MPhil students.


Financial Support

Full-time PhD/MPhil students receiving full studentship during the normal study period are eligible to apply for the financial support. Available financial support includes, but not limited to, the following categories:

For more details, please visit Conference and Research-related Allowance.




Contact Us

For further information or enquiry about the PhD/MPhil programmes in the Department of Mathematics, you are welcome to contact us at any time.

Address: Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Contact Staff: Candy LI, Telephone/Fax: (852) 34115056 / 34115811, Office: Room FSC1219, Fong Shu Chuen Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) with an aim to attract the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. The Department of Mathematics has been very successful in the HKPFS application in the past years, with a total of eight HKPFS awardees since 2013, and more than 10% PhD students in the Department is from the Scheme.

Applicants for admission to the PhD programmes in the Department of Mathematics via HKPFS will concurrently be considered for our regular postgraduate studentship programme (Notes to Applicants). To learn more details of the Scheme, you are also encouraged to read the HKBU’s leaflet on introducing HKPFS, and/or visit RGC's website on Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS).


Application Period for the 2024/25 Academic Year

Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 1 December 2023 at Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon before submitting applications for PhD admission to their desired universities.


Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Mathematics offers the following Scholarship and Award to RPg students. For more scholarships and awards for full-time PhD/MPhil students, please refer to the Scholarships / Awards for Postgraduate Students webpage of the Office of Student Affairs website.

MATH Elite PhD Scholarship

Starting from the round of 2025/26, the Department of Mathematics provides an incentive scheme, named “MATH Elite PhD Scholarship”, to attract more high performing students from all over the world to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). Each successful HKPFS awardee would be offered HK$25,000 per year by the Department on top of the award given by HKBU and UGC during the 4-year PhD study.

MATH RPg Performance Award

This award recognizes the outstanding scholarly contributions of MATH RPg students who have published research papers in esteemed journals. The award is open to all MATH RPg students with a qualifying publication record. A dedicated selection panel is responsible for the selection of awardees. Successful candidates will receive a cash prize of up to HK$10,000, based on the committee's assessment of the submitted work.


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