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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).


Hong Kong - Guangzhou Cross-Campus Study Opportunities

  • To encourage collaboration between HKUST and HKUST(GZ), students have opportunities for cross-campus study and access to research facilities on another campus.
  • With the University's enlarged scope and additional resources, students are empowered to pursue their passion and engage in in-depth research from multiple angles to tackle real-world problems in the 21st century.


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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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