Postgraduate Student Early Recruiting
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is recruiting MPhil and PhD students to start in Fall 2020. We are looking for outstanding undergraduate students as well as graduate students with a Masters degree in Computer Science and related areas.
According to the latest QS World University Rankings, HKUST is ranked the 32th globally, and our CSE department ranked the 26th worldwide in the Subject of Computer Science and Information Systems. Our department has produced pioneering work in several areas, including but not limited to, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data and knowledge management, human computer interaction, networks and distributed systems, software technologies, theoretical computer science and algorithms, and vision and graphics.
Our department consists of over 50 faculty members, about 100 MPhil students and 280 PhD students. The MPhil study takes two years, and the PhD study four to five years. Many of our postgraduate alumni work at major IT companies such as Baidu, Facebook, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, and Tencent, and a significant number of our PhD graduates pursue their careers at research institutes and universities all over the world. If interested, please check out the departmental web page on where do our PhD graduates go.
Postgraduate students have sufficient scholarship support during their study at HKUST. The amount of scholarship is about HKD200,000 (USD25,500) per person per year. The School of Engineering selects excellent postgraduate students to award additional scholarship to cover the tuition. The annual tuition of a postgraduate student is HKD42,100 (USD5,300).
Furthermore, the Hong Kong government selects incoming PhD students to award the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) each year. The amount of the HKPF is around HKD25,100 per month, plus a travel allowance of HKD12,600 each year. In addition, HKUST gives each awardee a one-time reward of HKD40,000. In the past, our department was awarded 8 to 10 HKPFs every year.
Our postgraduate admissions require applicants to have good academic records in their areas of study and to have obtained a Bachelor's degree by the time of their HKUST enrollment. Applicants also need to satisfy the University English Language Requirements.
We recruit postgraduate students in two phases. The first phase is early recruiting, targeted at excellent MPhil and PhD applicants through telephone or onsite interviews. To apply, you can fill out the preliminary application form (registration for early admission has closed) at the departmental early recruiting website. We will process these online applications and shortlist candidates to invite for on-site interviews. This year, the early admission interviews will start in September 2019. Applicants will be notified their interview results one to two weeks after their interviews.
After the early recruiting phase, applicants can still send regular application packages to the HKUST Postgraduate Admissions.
Finally, we encourage exceptional PhD applicants (top 10% in class, average grade higher than 85/100, excellent English) to contact us to inquire about the HKPF applications. Please find relevant information at the HKUST's HKPFS web site.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact .
Q1. I have not taken TOEFL/IELTS now, can I apply in this early recruit session?
Yes. You are eligible to apply. However, if you are admitted, you should meet our departments' English requirements before enrollment.
Q2. When is the deadline for early admission application?
For full consideration, please submit your application by Aug 31
Sep 30 Oct 7 for applicants to be interviewed in Seoul).
Applications received after this date will be processed if quota is
Q3. When and where is the interview?
This year's interviews are scheduled as follows:
- Beijing (Aug 31),
- Shanghai (Sep 7),
- Shenzhen (Sep 14), and
- Seoul (Oct 19)*
If you are shortlisted, you will be notified by email inviting you to one of the interviews.
* For applicants to be interviewed in Seoul, applications by
Sep 30 Oct 7
will receive full consideration.
Q4. When will I get the offer?
The first batch of offers will be made to exceptional applicants around Sep 21 (Oct 26 for applicants interviewed in Seoul). After the first batch, offers will be sent out on a continuous basis as soon as decisions are made, usually with the support from a prospective advisor.
Q5. I haven't received an offer in the first batch, should I contact individual faculty members?
Mass emails to the faculty are unlikely to be effective (they receive many such emails). All your application materials will be made available to the faculty, so there is no need to send them again. Thus, if you would like to contact individual faculty members, please try to differentiate your email from hundreds of others: Why are you interested in his/her research? What qualities of yours make you a good student of his/hers? If you have read one of his/her papers, do you have some comments and further ideas?
Read more about General Admission FAQ.