MPhil-PhD in Computer Science and Engineering Program By The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree PhD
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Fees(USD) 16222-
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep

MPhil-PhD in Computer Science and Engineering

Programme Information

MPhil Stream
The major graduation requirements for an MPhil student include:
complete at least 12 units of postgraduate level courses

  • complete CSCI6500 'Seminar for MPhil Studies' in each term throughout the whole normative study period
  • submit a term paper followed by an oral presentation at the end of each academic year
  • submit a thesis and pass an oral defence of the thesis
Students may apply to transfer to the PhD stream if they can satisfy the PhD admission requirements after completing the first year of study.
PhD Stream
All students in the PhD stream will be admitted initially in the 'pre-candidacy' status. Upon satisfying the Division's candidacy requirements, a student will be allowed to progress to the 'post-candidacy' status. 
  • complete at least 15 units of courses
  • complete CSCI7600 'Seminar for Ph.D. Studies' in each term throughout the whole normative study period
  • submit a term paper followed by an oral presentation at the end of each academic year
  • pass the candidacy examination (2 additional courses taken from any two of the research areas), submit a written thesis proposal and pass an oral examination
  • submit a doctoral thesis which contains a substantial amount of original research work in the related areas, and to pass an oral defence of the thesis.
Fields of Specialization
Computer Science Programme

Core Areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer and Cyber Security
  • Computer Vision, Graphics, Visualization, and AR/VR
  • Databases, Data Mining, and Knowledge Management
  • Distributed Systems and Networks
  • Software Technologies
  • Theoretical Computer Science
Peripheral Areas:
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computational privacy
  • Financial computing
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Quantum Computing

Computer Engineering Programme
Core Areas:
  • Intelligent System Integration & Design
  • Post-Moore's Law Computing
Peripheral Areas:
  • Hardware Security
  • VLSI Computer-Aided Design
  Please visit the Division's homepage for more information.

About University

Founded in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.

Unique College System

CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that offers a collegiate system. The nine Colleges of CUHK offer a plethora of non-formal learning opportunities to complement the formal curricula.

Academic Programmes

At CUHK, a wide range of academic programmes leading to the bachelor’s degree are organized in its eight Faculties, including Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science.

Given its geographical location, traditions, and ties, CUHK enjoys special advantages in the study of Chinese language, culture, economics, among others. Different specialties in engineering (electronic, information, automation, among others.) command world-leading positions. Its Business School, Law School, and Medical School are reputable training grounds for professionals in their respective fields as well as centres of seminal research.

Research Excellence

CUHK promotes interdisciplinary research excellence on a local, national and international scale. It has four research priorities, which are China StudiesTranslational BiomedicineInformation and Automation Technology and Environment and Sustainability. The University is a world leader in non-invasive prenatal testing theory and method, genomic studies on plants for sustainable agriculture and food security, and network coding theory that revolutionized data transmission and network applications.

The prowess, variety and impact of research at CUHK can be further demonstrated from its establishment of five state key laboratories, past and ongoing Areas of Excellence research projects, and the many research institutes and collaborations with eminent overseas research institutions. CUHK is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

Great Campus in a Great City

CUHK has the largest, most scenic and sustainably designed and maintained campus in Hong Kong, complete with modern learning facilities and cultural, sport, social and other amenities. Located in Shatin, the campus is conveniently connected with the MTR system to all parts of the city.


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