Master of Philosophy for Fall 2023

For the Fall 2023 cohort, all Mphil students will be admitted to a campus-wide program, instead of separate programs provided by each thrust. The enrolled students will first go through 6 months campus-wide interdisciplinary training, as well as a mutual selection process between students and supervisors.  Students will select a specific MPhil program offered by a thrust after completing the campus-wide training. For admission purpose, all applicants who apply for the MPhil of Guangzhou Pilot Scheme can only choose the “Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (for HKUST GZ Pilot Scheme)” (IIP) in the application system. For details on the application process, please refer to the step-by-step application instruction. Please be fully aware of the new program design before proceeding to the application.

Disclaimer: The following instructions are provided by Corey Xu for the application to the campus-wide Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) in Guangzhou. The instructions do not necessary apply to all programs offered in HKUST. Some of the instructions are not officially provided by HKUST and are subject to change. Please always refer to the official website of HKUST when there is confusion or conflict of informationPlease contact for any questions on the application process.

General Requirement

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
    • Applicants seeking admission to a master’s degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification
  • English Requirement
    • Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:
      • TOEFL-iBT: 80*
      • TOEFL-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-score: 5.5
      • * refers to the total score in one single attempt
    • Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if their first language is English, or they obtained the bachelor’s or master’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

Application Instruction

  • Step by Step Instruction
  • Notes:
    • Applicants to the Guangzhou program should use the general application platform of the University and choose the program of interest offered by Guangzhou Campus. For MPhil applicants, please choose Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (IIP).

Application Materials

Deadline: March 1st, 2023 (2nd Round Admission).

Program Overview


  • HK$42,100 per year (full-time/part-time)
  • Please refer to the FYI Guraduate School guideline.


  • Highly competitive internationally.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs from HKUST(GZ).
  • FAQs from the Society Hub of HKUST(GZ).
  • Additional FAQs:
  • Can I apply for both master and PhD programs?
    • Yes. There are no restrictions on how many programs one can apply for. However, it is recommended that a candidate thinks through his/her plan prior to application.
  • What are the changes of the MPhil program, comparing with the PhD program?
    • For the Fall 2023 cohort, MPhil students will be admitted to a campus-wide program (IIP), instead of separate programs provided by each thrust. During the first 6 months after the program starts, the MPhil students will work on courses and projects that help them identify the advisors of their interests. Students will subsequently join the chosen thrust’s MPhil program. In short, MPhil applicants no longer need to identify advisors during application. Meanwhile, PhD applicants still need to choose advisors during application.
  • With the new program design, do MPhil students still need to submit a research proposal?
    • No. Applicants to the new MPhil program does not need to submit a research proposal. Ph.D. applicants do need to submit a research proposal.

About HKUST(GZ):

HKUST is a world-class research-intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. HKUST offers an international campus, and a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded graduates with global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. HKUST achieved outstanding ratings in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee, and is ranked as the world’s best young university in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2020. Its graduates were ranked 26th worldwide and among the best from universities from Asia in Global University Employability Survey 2020.

The development of our new Guangzhou campus creates an exceptional opportunity for the systematic development of cross-disciplinary programs in concert with the disciplinary-oriented efforts on our Hong Kong campus. We envision a Unified System that promotes complementary University campuses while avoiding duplicating programs. The complementary academic structure allows establishment of new intellectual domains to fit the University’s diverse goals, and promotes collaboration and integration between campuses, including facilities and services, policies and mechanisms, and professional standards.

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