MPhil/PhD Programme



The Department currently has three main research groups; namely Applied Statistics and Financial Mathematics, Optimization and Operations Research as well as Engineering and Computational Mathematics. The department offers both MPhil and PhD research programmes in the following five major areas:

 

Applied Optimization and Optimal Control
  • Computational optimal control
  • Financial engineering
  • Mathematical programming
  • Nonlinear optimisation
  • Signal processing
  • Statistical optimization
  • Optimization software
Financial Mathematics
  • Financial engineering
  • Investment science
  • Mathematical finance
  • FinTech
   
Applied Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • High-dimensional data analysis
  • Network analysis
  • Statistical learning
  • Survival analysis
  • Time series analysis
  • Data science
Operations Research
  • Forecasting
  • Heuristics
  • Inventory control
  • Manufacturing network flows
  • Supply chain management
  • Transportation
  • Operations optimization
Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematical biology and epidemiology
  • Numerical linear algebra
  • Numerical methods for differential equations
  • Numerical software
 

 

Research interests of individual academic staff can be found at Academic Staff. Currently the department has more than 40 research students studying MPhil / PhD research degree; see Research Student for more information about current research students.

Normal Duration
  •  Full-timePart-time
  • PhD Programme36 months72 months
  • PhD Programme (students admitted with only a Bachelor’s degree)48 months96 months
  • MPhil Programme24 months48 months
Research Studentships

PolyU offers Research Studentships to full-time PhD or MPhil students. The Studentship is a scholarship intended to be a means of financial support to allow full-time research students to fully focus on their studies. It shall be awarded on the basis of academic merit. The period of the Studentship is decided by the Department according to the student’s ability, academic background or experience.

General Entrance Requirements

Programme

Entrance Requirements

2-year full-time/ 4-year part-time MPhil programme

at least hold a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or engineering with Second Class Honours or above (or equivalent qualification) conferred by a recognised university

3-year full-time / 6-year part-time PhD programme

normally hold an MPhil or equivalent (a research postgraduate degree with a dissertation as an award requirement) conferred by a recognised university

4-year full-time / 8-year part-time PhD programme

normally hold:

  • A Master’s degree; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent qualification), conferred by a recognised university.
English Language Requirement

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university are:

  • An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

For further details about admission, please refer to the Academic Registry website via Study@PolyU

You may visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/gs/hkpfs/ for more information on the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

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Programme Structure for Research programme

 

Course/ Credit Requirement

 

Students are mainly conducting research study under the supervision of their main supervisor’s guidance. Different categories of students need to attain different credit requirements. The credit requirements should cover attending seminars and Practicum as follows:

 

2-year MPhil: 9 credits

(1 credit from HTI6081 + 2 credits from attending seminars (AMA67711+AMA67712) +AMA613+ 3 credits from other subjects)

 

3-year PhD: 15 credits

(1 credit from HTI6081 + 3 credits from attending seminars (AMA67711+AMA67712+AMA67713) + 2 credits from Practicum (AMA67721+AMA67722) + AMA613+ 6 credits from other subjects)

 

4-year PhD: 22 credits

(1 credit from HTI6081 + 4 credits from attending seminars (AMA67711+AMA67712+AMA67713+AMA67714) + 2 credits from Practicum (AMA67721+AMA67722) + AMA613+12 credits from other subjects)

 

Other subjects can be chosen from the research postgraduate subject list offered by AMA, other PolyU departments or other local Universities with a similar level.

 

Programme Document For Research Degrees

 

[2021/2022]

[2020/2021]

[2019/2020]

[2018/2019]

[2017/2018]

[2016/2017]

[2015/2016]

[2014/2015]

 

List of Subject

 

Subject Code

Subject Title

AMA610

Advanced probability theory

AMA611

Applied Analysis

AMA612

Numerical methods for Partial Differential Equations

AMA613

Mathematics Seminar

AMA614

Mathematical Statistics

AMA615

Nonlinear Optimization Methods

AMA616

Statistics for Finance

AMA6881

Guided Study in Applied Optimization

AMA6882

Guided Study in Operations Research

AMA6883

Guided Study in Applied Statistics

AMA6884

Guided Study in Financial Mathematics

AMA6885

Guided Study in Engineering Mathematics

AMA6886

Guided Study in Computational Mathematics

AMA6887

Guided Study on Research Topics in Applied Mathematics

AMA67711

Research Seminars

AMA67712

Research Seminars

AMA67713

Research Seminars

AMA67714

Research Seminars

AMA67721

Practicum

AMA67722

Practicum

ELC6011

Presentation Skills for Research Students

ELC6012

Thesis Writing for Research Students

ENGL6016

Advanced Academic English for Research Students: Publishing and Presenting

HTI6081

Ethics: Research, Professional & Personal Perspectives




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