HKUST Postgraduate Programs 2024-25 ais.hkust.edu.hk ACADEMY OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Welcome 1 School Profile 2 Division of Emerging Interdisciplinary Areas 3 Division of Environment and Sustainability Division of Integrative Systems and Design 4 6 Division of Public Policy 8 Submit Your Application 10 Contents
Welcome to the Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) at HKUST! We were formed in 2008 as the Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration in education and research. Since then we have grown fast and become an education center to train a new generation of professionals who can work well across disciplinary lines, an incubator to support the development of new interdisciplinary programs, and a research powerhouse in environment, sustainability, public policy and emerging interdisciplinary areas. In July 2023, IPO is renamed as the Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies to reflect our school-level scale, the evolved functions in interdisciplinary education and research, as well as the new role as a special academic zone to carry out missions with flexibility and agility. AIS has made many new initiatives in interdisciplinary education, includes offering the first bachelor and research postgraduate degree programs in the Greater China area to allow students with academic freedom to create their own majors; launching the first Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management in Hong Kong which provides high-flying students an opportunity to gain two full degrees in five years; the first in Hong Kong to introduce a novel academic framework “Major + X” as a new degree option for undergraduates to excel in an extended major of an emerging hot topic such as Artificial Intelligence or Digital Media and Creative Arts. Currently, AIS offers 4 undergraduate programs and 7 postgraduate programs in technology and management, environment and sustainability, and public policy which all have strong interdisciplinary components, are highly relevant to our modern world and offered by our world-class faculty members under AIS. These exciting programs have attracted talented students from all over the world. As of June 2023, our 876 undergraduates come from 24 different countries while our 750 graduate students comprise 28 nationalities. AIS provides a nurturing environment for faculty members from different backgrounds working together for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The majority of our regular faculties have joint appointments with other departments/divisions like Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Economy, Civil Engineering, and Social Science. The faculties are clustered into three academically significant and socially impactful divisions, namely the Division of Environment and Sustainability, the Division of Public Policy, and the Division of Emerging Interdisciplinary Areas with research focus in air and health, climate adaptation and resilience (CARE), green finance and net zero solutions, science, technology, and innovation policy, environment policy, sustainability, social changes and other emerging areas. In September 2023, the Division of Integrative Systems and Design will be housed under AIS to better position its interdisciplinary programs and research, and to leverage the opportunity of AIS as a special academic zone for new interdisciplinary and emerging initiatives. AIS is young, dynamic, and distinctive. We are living in a world where technology is evolving in a rapid pace and grand challenges facing humans today need solutions beyond individual disciplines. AIS will explore new pedagogy to develop students’ core competencies of fusing knowledge and know-how from different fields to bring multiple perspectives to the task of changing the world for the better. New research clusters will be formed to tackle the challenging and multi-faceted issues of today in an interdisciplinary way. AIS is also playing an important role in supporting the strategic plan of HKUST, especially the new campus at Guangzhou, Mainland China. As the Dean of AIS, I encourage you to join us in breaking traditional academic boundaries and broadening our reach through partnerships within the community, industry, academia in Hong Kong and beyond. Prof. Huamin QU Dean, Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies Welcome 1
2 Faculty Members (as of 31 May 2023) Regular Faculty (including teaching and research faculty) Visiting/ Adjunct Faculty Total 61 26 87 PG Student Enrollment (as of 31 May 2023) Enrollment Total MPhil/PhD in Atmospheric Environmental Science MPhil: 12 PhD: 37 49 MPhil/PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management MPhil: 9 PhD: 30 39 MPhil/PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) MPhil: 22 PhD: 15 37 MPhil/PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) - HKUST Guangzhou Pilot Scheme* Students MPhil: 23 PhD: 246 269 MPhil/PhD in Integrative Systems and Design MPhil: 7 PhD: 16 23 MPhil/PhD in Public Policy MPhil: 0 PhD: 20 20 Master of Public Management MPM: 59 59 Master of Public Policy MPP: 172 172 MSc in Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship MSc: 35 35 PGD/MSc in Environmental Science and Management PGD: 3 MSc: 104 107 Total 810 Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) Division of Environment & Sustainability • MPhil/PhD in Atmospheric Environmental Science • MPhil/PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management • PGD/MSc in Environmental Science & Management Division of Public Policy • MPhil/PhD in Public Policy • Master of Public Management • Master of Public Policy Division of Integrative Systems and Design • MPhil/PhD in Integrative Systems and Design • MSc in Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship Division of Emerging Interdisciplinary Areas • MPhil/PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) *The admissions of HKUST Guangzhou Pilot Scheme were available in 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 only.
School of SCIENCE emia.hkust.edu.hk Division of Emerging Interdisciplinary Areas Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T : (852) 3469 2071 3 Research Postgraduate Programs Master of Philosophy/ Doctor of Philosophy in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) The MPhil/PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (Research Area) offers students a broad academic freedom to create a unique research postgraduate program focused on a specialized area of research in ways that best suit their own intellectual interests and passion, by working on an interdisciplinary research topic and using courses from different departments/divisions to fulfill the curriculum requirement. It aims to create an organic curriculum to facilitate students’ intellectual growth, exploration into novel research direction and a long term commitment in an interdisciplinary research field bridging seemingly unrelated areas. The program would make an ideal choice for students with academic and research interests which extend beyond the boundaries of HKUST’s existing RPg programs. Students have to develop a research plan and framework which allow them to explore their unique research interests and to work with their supervisors to pursue and complete their degree. MPhil PhD The program is designated for: Students who have particular, well-articulated research goals which cannot be achieved through established RPg programs. Students who wish to combine the knowledge from two or more disciplines in order to develop a research plan that best aligns with their academic needs. Students with strong exploratory mindset and have strong interest in specialized areas at the interface of more traditional disciplines. Applicants are required to develop a research plan as a written proposal. Before submitting an application, they should form a research team which is composed of at least two faculty members working on different research areas to warrant that the research is interdisciplinary in nature. One faculty of the research team will serve as the primary supervisor and the rest will serve as co-supervisors.
School of SCIENCE 4 The Division’s main areas of focus are: Air and Health Climate Adaptation and Resilience Sustainable Finance and Net Zero Solutions We also work at the points where these areas intersect, such as the scientific understanding of management strategies and policy formulations. Division of Environment and Sustainability Research Foci Facilities We are living in a world facing serious interrelated environmental problems, including climate change, pervasive pollution, reduction in biodiversity, and looming supply constraints for a number of key natural resources. Individually, and especially in combination, these issues pose serious challenges to sustainable development. The Division of Environment and Sustainability has been created to meet such challenges. Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds in science, engineering, business and social sciences to provide integrated and cutting-edge education and research on global environmental issues and emerging solutions. Our postgraduate programs offer students a great opportunity to gain a broader understanding of environmental science and related policies to help increase their understanding of the issues involved in tackling the environment and their ability to generate meaningful solutions. HKUST has excellent central facilities and equipment to support the Program’s teaching and learning. These include: Environmental Central Facility, the Air Quality Research Supersite Facility, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Laboratory, realtime air quality and meteorological forecasting systems, satellite receiving systems and Geographical Information System. envr.ust.hk
5 The MPhil and PhD programs offered by Division of Environment and Sustainability are broadbased research postgraduate programs that embrace a wide spectrum of environmental interests. The programs serve as an innovative platform for interdisciplinary research involving scientific, technological, environmental socio-economic and policy challenges. The programs also provide students with the background to solve complex environmental problems and to engage in interdisciplinary environmental research that can have a high impact on Hong Kong and the world. Co-supervision on student thesis work is a core feature in the program, an approach that enhances the interdisciplinary education experience for students. Research Postgraduate Programs Master of Philosophy in Atmospheric Environmental Science The MPhil Program aims to train students to conduct independent research in Atmospheric Environmental Science. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. MPhil Master of Philosophy in Environmental Science, Policy and Management The MPhil Program aims to train students to conduct independent interdisciplinary research in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. MPhil Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Environmental Science The PhD Program seeks to train students in original research in Atmospheric Environmental Science and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science, Policy and Management The PhD Program seeks to train students in original research and to cultivate the independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful career in research, management or policy formulation in this area. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. PhD Taught Postgraduate Programs Postgraduate Diploma/ Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management The programs prepare participants to tackle the rapidly developing environmental issues in Hong Kong and the surrounding region. The multidisciplinary program offers a unique opportunity to combine advanced environmental science and management courses with engineering electives to help broaden capabilities. It strengthens student’s professional status with updated and advanced knowledge and development in important and emerging environmental issues and concepts and enhance their ability in applying latest environmental concepts (technologies or management strategies) to local, regional and global environmental problems. It also cultivates student’s stewardship towards sustainable development in their professional industries and sectors. The Postgraduate Diploma provides flexibility for students who are unable to commit the time and financial resources required by the MSc. PGD MSc Enquiries Division of Environment and Sustainability firstname.lastname@example.org T : (852) 2358 8363
School of SCIENCE 6 isd.hkust.edu.hk Division of Integrative Systems and Design The Division of Integrative Systems and Design holds a special and unique position in HKUST: our programs are uniquely cross-disciplinary and emphasize the confluence of functionality and form in the design of modern devices and services. The goal of our post-graduate programs are to promote and support cutting edge research that are user-aware, with explicit emphasis on the human component including design, ergonomics, and usability. Our faculty have a broad spectrum of research interests and backgrounds, ranging from embedded and integrative systems, communications, computer graphics and vision, interactive designs, architectural design, robotics, 3D printing, nanomaterials, optics and design methodology. Research Foci The Division’s main areas of focus are: Green and Sustainability Marine and Soft Robotics Human-centered Design Advanced Manufacturing and Material Facilities Our makerspaces, ISDworks! and ISDbase, are equipped with state-of-the-art prototyping equipment such as advanced 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, solar simulator, nanoimprint machine, electrochemical stations and robotic arm. Prototyping is a core part of the integrative systems design process, and therefore our students are encouraged to gain hands-on practice throughout the program. The makerspaces also serve as project spaces for inspiration, collaboration and project showcases. Our makerspaces are the heart and soul of ISD where students make their dreams a reality. We encourage learning-by-doing and cultivate teamwork by providing an exciting and collaborative setting.
7 Master of Science in Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship Jointly offered by the Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies and the School of Business and Management, this unique Master of Science (MSc) program seeks to nurture engineering talents with an entrepreneurial spirit and a design and systems thinking mindset, so they can develop and launch their own innovative technologies or initiate innovation within companies. The program empowers students with the background and skills required to successfully develop and launch innovative products or services. The degree is centered around a project, in which each student, working independently or in a team, conceptualizes and develops a product or service idea during their study period. Along the way, they can enroll in technical courses to build in-depth knowledge about their product domain, refine their ideas, and build a competitive edge in the market. In parallel, they learn foundations for design, entrepreneurship, leadership, and business through a diverse selection of courses. Project supervisors can be selected from among any faculty in HKUST. Students are equipped with practical details of launching a startup in Hong Kong and/or the Pearl River Delta (PRD) area through a startup workshop. Successful graduates are expected to make a positive impact towards the development of a better society and world. Taught Postgraduate Program MSc Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T: (852) 3469 2811 MSc in Technology Leadership firstname.lastname@example.org - and Entrepreneurship Master of Philosophy in Integrative Systems and Design MPhil students of ISD will typically conduct research on cross-disciplinary topics, while demonstrating sufficient knowledge about the state-of-the-art in the areas related to the research problem and on the broader related topics. Their research will use principles of design in solving technical problems with clear emphasis on human and societal benefits. MPhil Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Systems and Design PhD students of ISD are expected to independently conduct and lead worldclass research on cross-disciplinary topics. Successful graduates should demonstrate a deep understanding of the state-of-the-art in their research areas and related topics. The research conducted should use principles of design to solve technical problems with a clear emphasis on human and societal benefits. PhD Research Postgraduate Programs
School of SCIENCE 8 Division of Public Policy Research Foci Global policy challenges such as aging, climate change and economic crises call for innovative solutions beyond institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and public policy schools, departments, institutes and programs have been set up in leading universities around the world to tackle these global challenges. With substantial strengths in science, engineering, business and management, and quantitative social science areas, the Division of Public Policy (PPOL) and the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) are established to develop public policy as an emerging strategic area by fostering close collaboration across disciplines and to contribute more to policy development in key policy areas both locally and globally. The program aims to develop unique interdisciplinary postgraduate programs to provide rigorous training in policy research on a wide range of policy areas, such as environmental/ social/ economic policy, innovation and technology policy that meet society’s needs and professional requirements. Students in MPhil/PhD in Public Policy programs will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following four policy areas. Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Environmental Policy and Sustainability Social Changes and Public Policy China’s Development Policies ppol.hkust.edu.hk
9 Master of Philosophy/ Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy The MPhil and PhD programs provide rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. Given the breadth and depth of research faculty expertise across departments and schools in HKUST, students in the Public Policy Programs will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following key policy area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Social Changes and Public Policy, and China’s Development Policy. The MPhil program aims to train students to conduct independent interdisciplinary research in public policy. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. The PhD program seeks to train students in original research in public policy and to cultivate the independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful career in public policy research and formulation. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs MPhil PhD Taught Postgraduate Programs M Master of Public Management The Master of Public Management (MPM) Program prepares students for senior management roles in organizations providing public services or having frequent interactions with the public sector. By equipping them with the skills and knowledge to cope with the increasingly dynamic and complex challenges of the public sector, they would develop managerial capacities, such as the analytical skills, managerial competence, and political acumen, that are essential for successful career in public sector organizations. Given the importance of technology innovation and sustainability, the program provides the students with an interdisciplinary study with a strong emphasis on the policy, management and governance issues concerning technological innovation and sustainability. MPM Master of Public Policy The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with knowledge of the full impact of science and technology innovations, and professional skills in the formulation and implementation of innovative solutions to current and emerging global challenges. It provides students with complete professional training that focuses on problem-solving skills with real-world cases and examples, such as information technology and telecommunications, environment, energy, health care, transportation and finance. Designed for students with diverse educational backgrounds, including social science, science, engineering, business, and other fields of study, this two-year full-time program consists of a core curriculum, a client-based policy analysis project, and elective courses allowing students to develop their areas of specialization. MPP Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T: (852) 3469 2426 MPM Program firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 3469 2256 MPP Program email@example.com T: (852) 3469 2001
School of SCIENCE 10 Submit Your Application @ fytgs.hkust.edu.hk/apply Admission Requirements @ fytgs.hkust.edu.hk/adm-req To qualify for admission to the University, applicants should have: • Obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification; • For PhD applicants (additional to the above): a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a fulltime basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years; • Fulfill the English language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments1: Proficiency Test Minimum Score TOEFL – Internet-based Test (iBT) 80 (in one single attempt) TOEFL – Paper-based Test (pBT) 550 TOEFL – Revised Paper-delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections) IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.5 and all sub-scores: 5.5 1 You are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if your first language is English, or your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English. Guaranteed University Accommodation in the First 2 years of Full-time Research Studies Generous Scholarship @ fytgs.hkust.edu.hk/funding • Met program-specific admission requirements, if any. For more programs offered at HKUST, please refer to fytgs.hkust.edu.hk/programs. Cross-Campus Study Opportunities State-of-the-Art Research Institutes
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