PhD

Nano Science and Technology

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Nano science and technology is perceived as one of the most important area affecting mankind in the 21st century. Nano science and technology is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. By being able to tailor material properties at the most fundamental level, nanotechnology is envisioned to impact virtually everything, from communications to energy production, environmental management, medicine, computing, and education. The scope of nano science and technology research may range from nanomaterials to computer electronics, medicine and healthcare, aeronautics and space, environmental studies and energy, biotechnology and agriculture, national security and education.

Pearl River Delta is well-organized to be one of the manufacturing centers of the world for a very diversified range of products. As the leading city in this region, it is imperative that Hong Kong plays the leading role in research as well as personnel training for the coming wave of nanotechnology revolution.

At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the School of Science and the School of Engineering jointly offer Nano Science and Nano Technology Postgraduate Programs that integrate different disciplines in both science and engineering. The School of Science offers MPhil and PhD Program in Nano Science and Technology (NSNT) and the School of Engineering offersNanotechnology Concentration.

While diversified in its applications, nano science and technology has three well-defined core elements which define the basis of our teaching/research program. These three elements are: sample fabrication, characterization-experimentation, and theory-simulations.

The Nano Science and Technology (NSNT) Program, defined on the basis of the three above elements, aims to educate students with the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge to contribute to the long-term nanoscale research and development, which will lead to potential breakthroughs in areas such as materials and manufacturing, nano-electronics, medicine and healthcare, environment, energy, chemicals, and biotechnology. This program allows students to apply the knowledge in physical science to their study in nano science and technology.

  • Students admitted with a bachelor’s degree only are required to complete at least 15 credits of postgraduate courses, of which at least 6 credits must be from the NANO courses. Full-time students are expected to complete the coursework requirements during their first four regular terms of study; MPhil/PhD in Nano Science and Technology
  • Students entering the program with a relevant master’s or equivalent degree may be granted credit transfer of up to 6 credits based on their background in the related subject areas, subject to prior approval from the Program Director. Students must complete at least 3 credits of NANO courses. Students’ course selection must be agreed by their thesis supervisors and approved by their respective Thesis Supervision Committee;
  • Completion of and passing LIFS/ CHEM/ MATH/ PHYS 6770 Professional Development in Science (Life Science/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics). Students are expected to complete the course requirements in their first year of study. The maximum time allowed for course completion is two years for full-time students, or three years for part-time students. The 2 credits earned from LIFS/ CHEM/ MATH/ PHYS 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. HKUST MPhil (NSNT) graduates who have taken and passed this course before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval from the Program Director;
  • Students are required to complete and pass LANG 5010 Postgraduate English for Science Studies, which should be taken in the first year of study. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5010 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. HKUST MPhil graduates may be considered for exemption from this requirement;
  • Students must pass a qualifying examination specified by the Qualifying Examination Committee of the NANO postgraduate program;
  • Registration in NANO 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research; and
  • Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

Requirements

  • Obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; OR presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years;
  • Satisfied the specific requirements prescribed by the school and department concerned as to their chosen subject of research, as well as their fitness to undertake the research.
  • You will fulfill the English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:TOEFL-iBT 80, TOEFL PBT 550, IELTS Overall score: 6.0
  • You are required to nominate 2-5 referees to support your application. Upon your application submission, the referees will be invited by email to complete a reference report online. Referees may attach additional reference letters to the online report if they wish to.
  • Remember that you will need to send official documents to substantiate your qualifications/ exam results after accepting an admission offer. 

Scholarships

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)
  • Postgraduate Studentships
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