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Joining the Department as a postgraduate is certainly a good move. The Department maintains strong research in both pure and applied mathematics, the traditional core of a mathematics department. What makes our department different is the equally strong research in fluid mechanics, scientific computation and statistics.

The quality of research at the postgraduate level is reflected in the scholarly achievements of faculty members, many of whom are recognized as leading authorities in their fields. Research programs often involve collaboration with scholars at an international level, especially in European, North American and Chinese universities. Renowned academics also take part in the Department's regular colloquia and seminars. The faculty comprises several groups: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Probability and Statistics.

Mathematics permeates almost every discipline of science and technology. We believe our comprehensive approach enables inspiring interaction among different faculty members and can help generate new mathematical tools to meet the scientific and technological challenges facing our fast-changing world.

Applicants seeking admission to the program should have obtained a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

Applicants whose first language is not English, and whose bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification* was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English, are required to fulfill one of the following minimum English Language requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a paper-based test score of no less than 550; or an internet-based test score of no less than 80;
  • or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - an overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score lower than 5.5.

Please note that some programs may stipulate higher English proficiency requirements. Please refer to the websites of Schools / Programs for the admission requirements specified by individual program.

N.B. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

*Qualification with duration equivalent to a full-time bachelor's degree (i.e. at least 3 years).

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We offer three postgraduate programs:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Mathematics

The MPhil program seeks to strengthen students' general background in mathematics and mathematical sciences, and to expose students to the environment and scope of mathematical research. Submission and successful defense of a thesis based on original research is required to obtain the degree.

Enquiry: Prof. Yang XIANG
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics

The PhD program provides a broad background in mathematics and mathematical sciences. Students choose their major concentration from three options: Pure Mathematics; Applied Mathematics; and Probability and Statistics. The doctoral thesis must be an original contribution to the field.

Enquiry: Prof. Yang XIANG
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Master of Science (MSc) in Financial Mathematics

The MSc program prepares students with science or engineering backgrounds for rewarding careers in the financial sector of Hong Kong. Graduates from this program suite for jobs related to financial product development and pricing (e.g. customized derivatives and insurance contracts), investment decision making and fund management (e.g. asset allocation, portfolio selection), risk management (e.g. risk measurement, stress testing, hedging risk exposure in forex, interest rate or commodities).

Enquiry: Prof. Kani CHEN
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Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics for Educators

Mathematics is an indispensible subject for quantitative understanding and logical thinking. It is employed as a formidable and powerful tool in science, engineering, and finance, and as such the learning and teaching of mathematics is of vital importance. The aim of the Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators (MAED) is to enrich a mathematics educator's knowledge of mathematics. It will particularly benefit teachers in secondary schools and tutorial educational institutions. The degree is meant to allow these teachers to enhance their mathematical knowledge and teaching skills with the dual benefit of: (i) Career advancement facilitation of the individual, and (ii) Better teachers for society.

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