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HKUST offers both research and taught postgraduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, leading to doctoral and master's degrees, and graduate diplomas.


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Research Postgraduate Programs (RPgs)

RPgs involve the completion of coursework and independent research, and successful defense of thesis. The normative periods of study are as follows:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Full-time: 4 years in general
  • Full-time: 3 years if a relevant research master’s degree was earned prior to entering the PhD program

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

  • Full-time: 2 years

We also offer a list of innovative cross-disciplinary research postgraduate programs under the admission to HKUST(GZ) Campus.



Hong Kong - Guangzhou Dual-Degree PhD Opportunities

  • Taking advantage of complementary expertise and state-of-the-art equipment on both Hong Kong and Guangzhou campuses, students can pursue dual-degree PhD opportunities and engage in in-depth research from multiple angles on each campus to tackle real-world problems in the 21st century.
  • Students will be assigned at least one co-supervisor from each campus.
  • Only one thesis (with two separate oral defenses) is required for completing the dual-degree.

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Taught Postgraduate Programs (TPgs)

TPgs require students to fulfill the coursework requirements and projects if any. The normative periods of study are as follows:

Master of Science (MSc), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Public Management (MPM) or Master of Public Policy (MPP)

  • Full-time: 1 to 2 years as specified by individual programs
  • Part-time: 1.5 to 3 years as specified by individual programs

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

  • Part-time: 4 years

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Full-time: 1 to 1.5 years
  • Part-time: 2 years

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

  • Part-time: 16 months

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 1 to 1.5 years


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