Research Areas
Research Areas

Research Areas

HKU offers PhD and MPhil programmes in all faculties and schools/departments. Applicants will be requested to indicate the proposed department or interdisciplinary research area in the application based on your areas of interest. The list of faculties, schools/departments and interdisciplinary research areas admitting research postgraduate students are listed below. You may also search for potential supervisor from the HKU Scholars Hub.

Note: Academic units admitting research postgraduate students are marked with # in the list.

Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture

Department of Architecture #
Department of Real Estate and Construction #
Department of Urban Planning and Design #
Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts

School of Chinese #
School of English #
School of Humanities #

          Art History
          Comparative Literature
          Gender Studies


School of Modern Languages and Cultures #

          African Studies
          American Studies
          China Studies
          European Studies
          Global Creative Industries
          Japanese Studies
          Korean Studies

Centre for Applied English Studies #
Centre of Buddhist Studies #
Centre for the Humanities and Medicine*

*Applications are not accepted for admission in 2023/24

Faculty of Business and Economics

Faculty of Business and Economics#

          ​​​​​​​Innovation and Information Management
          ​​​​​​​Management and Strategy 

Note: Faculty of Business and Economics will only consider applications for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme

Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of Dentistry #

          ​​​​​​​Applied Oral Sciences and Community Dental Care
          ​​​​​​​Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
          ​​​​​​​Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
          ​​​​​​​Periodontology and Implant Dentistry
          Restorative Dental Sciences 

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education #

          ​​​​​​​Teacher Education and Learning Leadership
          ​​​​​​​Social Contexts and Policies of Education
          Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences 

          ​​​​​​​Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning#

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering #
Department of Computer Science #
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering #
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering #
Department of Mechanical Engineering #​​

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law

Department of Law #

LKS Faculty of Medicine 

LKS Faculty of Medicine

School of Biomedical Sciences #
School of Chinese Medicine #
School of Clinical Medicine 

      Department of Anaesthesiology #
      Department of Clinical Oncology #
      Department of Diagnostic Radiology #
      Department of Emergency Medicine #
      Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care #
      Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit #
      Department of Medicine #
      Department of Microbiology #
      Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology #
      Department of Ophthalmology #
      Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology #
      Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine #
      Department of Pathology #
      Department of Psychiatry #
     ​​​​​​​ Department of Surgery #

School of Nursing #
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy #
School of Public Health #
Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education #​​​​​​​

Note: Applicants who would like to pursue their studies in HKU-Pasteur Research Centre can approach the Departmental Research Postgraduate Advisor/Contact Person of the Department of Microbiology, School of Clinical Medicine for application instructions.

Faculty of Science 

Faculty of Science 

School of Biological Sciences #
Department of Chemistry #
Department of Earth Sciences #
Department of Mathematics #
Department of Physics #
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science #

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Geography #
Department of Politics and Public Administration #
Department of Psychology #
Department of Social Work and Social Administration #
Department of Sociology #
Journalism and Media Studies Centre #
Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences #

Interdisciplinary Research Area

Data Science

Biomedical Engineering
Participating Faculties/Departments:
Faculty of Dentistry
Faculty of Engineering
  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ Department of Mechanical Engineering
LKS Faculty of Medicine
  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​School of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Microbiology, School of Clinical Medicine
  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Department of Ophthalmology, School of Clinical Medicine
  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, School of Clinical Medicine
  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Department of Surgery, School of Clinical Medicine

Note: Depending on the research area and other considerations, PhD and MPhil students admitted under interdisciplinary research areas may be affiliated to another academic unit.