MPhil in Chemistry /PhD in Chemistry




RMB¥ 90000/year(students may assist in teaching and research work to get financial support)


Every March and September

The goal of the Programme is to foster high-level professionals who can meet the needs of the country's economic, social and scientific development, with a strong sense of social responsibility and a high degree of innovation. The programme aims to cultivate high level talents, with a broad knowledge based in biology and chemistry, and the theories, knowledge, and experimental techniques in the modern interdisciplinary fields, who are able to conduct scientific research independently and obtain innovative research results.

The scholars under the chemistry discipline have rich experiences across domestic and oversea biotech companies as well as universities. The key members include Prof. Zongwei Cai, Prof. Bo Lei, Prof. Baojun Xu, Prof. Mildred Yang, Dr. Chun-Fai Yu, Dr. Yuepeng Su, Dr. Wentian Chen. The major research fields include food chemistry, purification and characterization of protein/bioactive peptides, food safety techniques and food safety systems, interrelationship of food functional components with free radicals in human body, toxicological studies, safety assessment of the chemicals used in food industry, biosynthesis of microbial biotoxins and their use as pharmaceuticals.

The programme is equipped with comprehensive research facilities such as UPLC-TSQ, GC-MS, headspace gas-phase Chromatography (GC-FID), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Protein Purification Systems, which provide strong foundation to support scientific research.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission to the PhD programme should possess:
    a)  a Master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
    b) a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
    c)  any other qualification deemed to be acceptable for this purpose.
Candidates under c) may be required to take a qualifying examination, in which event their progress shall be reported to the GS at the end of their first year of study.


Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil programme should possess:
 a) a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
  b) a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.
Normally, only First and Second Class Honours graduates will be considered to have met the admissions criterion under a). Graduates with Third Class Honours degrees, with a period of relevant work experience and satisfactory results in the qualifying examination, may also be considered.
Language Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English, or previous degrees not obtained with English as medium of instruction are required to prove their language abilities by means of performance in any one of the tests below:


Minimum requirement

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

550 (PBT)/79(IBT)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


College English Test Band 6 (CET 6)

500 and grade B in the CET-SET (Speaking English Test)

Students are required to take an English proficiency test upon commencement of study to determine whether and which level of remedial English courses is required and pass the threshold standard in relevant international English proficiency test before their oral examination.

For MPhil programme students:
Minimum of 12 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*).
For PhD programme students:
Minimum of 22 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*). Applicant with a relevant Master’s degree may be exempted from 3 units of coursework.
All course and instructions will be delivered in English.
Both MPhil and PhD students need to achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.67 to be considered satisfactory fulfilment of coursework requirement.
 * Remark: the Mandatory Common Core Courses will be taken in Hong Kong Baptist University.

To enable research postgraduate students to focus on their studies and facilitate their research endeavors and professional development, financial support will be offered based on academic merit and/or experience. In return, students may be required to assist in teaching and research work, also as a supplement to their courses of studies.
     a) Studentship and Stipend
Studentship is intended to help cover daily subsistence, tuition fees and other expenses that research postgraduate students may incur during their study. Stipend is offered to selected number of students who demonstrate outstanding performance.

  • Full Studentship with stipend

Full tuition waiver with a yearly stipend of RMB 60,000 (RMB 5,000 per month) for PhD student; RMB 48,000 (RMB 4,000 per month) for MPhil student. Student has to act as Teaching Assistant (TA) to earn this living stipend. The workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year. The supervisors may provide other subsidies if the student acts as Research Assistant (RA).

  • Half Studentship with stipend

Half tuition waiver (i.e. half of the tuition is waived). The supervisors may cover the other half. Student has to act as TA to earn a yearly stipend of RMB 60,000 (RMB 5,000 per month) for PhD student; RMB 48,000 (RMB 4,000 per month) for MPhil student. The workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year. The supervisors may provide other subsidies if the student acts as RA.
      b) Visiting Scheme
This scheme aims at encouraging students to stay at HKBU to take coursework and undertake research as part of their thesis work. The allowances for each of MPhil and PhD students are HKD 3,000 per month for a maximum stay of 6 months.
      c) Research Allowances
Both PhD & MPhil students are entitled research allowances to cover 1) research-related travel; 2) conference attendance; 3) data collection; 4) purchase of books and other research materials not available at UIC Learning Resource Centre; 5) professional thesis editing, during the entire study period.

You need to prepare the below documents:

  • Application form (Please fill the form at, choose Research Postgraduate Programme - MPhil & Ph.D. and print out for submission)
  • Two confidential recommendation forms (details please contact UIC GS)
  • Justification letters from the principal supervisor and the co-supervisor
  • CV of the applicant
  • Research proposal (in English)
  • Copy of graduation diploma and degree diploma  (both undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Official transcripts (both undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • English proficiency test reports (TOEFL, IELTS or CET 6)
  • Copy of ID card (copy of passport for non-Chinese)
  • Any other supporting documents (publications, awards, patent, etc.)

Email the scanned copies of the above documents to for application