Research Postgraduate Programmes

The School of Public Health has an internationally recognized track record of innovative and groundbreaking research in public health, and enjoys a leading regional reputation in postgraduate and professional education and training.

The application period for admissions in 2024-25 commenced on September 1, 2023 and the application dates are as follows:


Application Dates

HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS)#

September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2024
Cut-off dates: December 1, 2023; April 30, 2024; August 31, 2024

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF)*
Initial Application to the Research Grants Council (RGC):
September 1, 2023 noon - December 1, 2023 noon
Full Application to HKU: September 1, 2023 - December 1, 2023

Main Round

September 1, 2023- December 1, 2023

1st Clearing Round

December 2, 2023 - April 30, 2024

2nd Clearing Round

May 1, 2024 - August 31, 2024

# For further details on the HKU-PS Scheme, please visit the Graduate School’s website (

* For further details on the HKPF Scheme, please visit the RGC's website (

Research Questions
  • How does a virus evolve and transmit in different hosts?
  • How to describe individual and population immunity against influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses?
  • How do antimicrobial resistant genes in bacteria and fungi emerge and transmit in humans, animals and the environment?
  • Why do men have substantially shorter lives than women?
  • Why is it so difficult to find new ways of preventing major chronic diseases?
  • Why do cancer patients fail to adhere to global recommendations on physical activity and healthy diet?
  • What are the impacts of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and exercise on health outcomes?
  • What are the prevailing and emerging social and environmental determinants of mental health?
  • What have been the health, social, and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What policies should countries adopt to help them achieve Universal Health Coverage?
Major Research Clusters and HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
Departmental Requirements
  • Three postgraduate courses as specified by the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee.
  • Annual seminar presentation on research progress.
  • Probationary written progress reports.
  • Active participation in the bi-weekly journal club and annual scientific retreat.
  • Regular attendance at research seminars and active participation in extra-departmental courses, workshops, symposia and conferences.
Video Introducing the Research Postgraduate Studies at School Public Health
Contact our Departmental Postgraduate Admission Advisor

Professor Cowling, Benjamin John

phone3917 6711

Please click HERE for further details on the research postgraduate programmes offered by the LKS Faculty of Medicine.