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MPhil & PhD Admission 2023-24

Nurturing the Next Generation of Data Scientists

Application Procedures Meet Our Scholars Funding & Scholarships

Why IDS?

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How to Apply

Step 1

Search for potential supervisor(s) and complete a preliminary application form.

Meet our scholars Preliminary application form

Step 2

Your profile will be forwarded to the respective IDS scholar, who will consider your application, and then discuss the proposed research areas with you if appropriate.

Step 3

Submit the application through the Online Application System for PhD and MPhil Admission on the Graduate School website.

For more details about the application procedures and documents required, please visit the Graduate School website. You can browse the FAQ page here for more information.

Online Application System



  • a Bachelor’s degree with honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university.


  • For a 3-year PhD: a Bachelor’s degree with honours and a taught Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university; or
  • For a 4-year PhD:
    • a Bachelor’s degree with honours and a taught Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university; or
    • a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university.

Individual degree courses might have specific requirements, such as qualifying examinations or interviews. Detailed admission requirements to research postgraduate studies, such as English language proficiency, can be found at the page below:

General Admission Requirements

Departmental Coursework Requirements

Faculty/School/Departmental courses are offered and arranged by individual Faculties. You may refer to the landing page of Graduate School below for the summary of the departmental courses you need to take during your studies.

Learn More About Departmental Course Requirements

For further details of coursework requirements and courses, students are advised to consult the homepages of the IDS scholars’ host/co-host departments.

Key Deadlines for Application

MPhil and PhD admissions, and applications for the HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme, are welcome all year round. Applications to the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) are usually invited from September to early December.

In view of the limited admission quota, you are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible during the Main Round. Applications will be considered in the clearing rounds only if there are vacancies after the Main Round.

Year 2023/24Dates of application
Main RoundSeptember 1, 2022 – December 1, 2022 (HKT 23:59, GMT+8)
Clearing Round 1December 2, 2022 – April 30, 2023 (HKT 23:59, GMT+8)
Clearing Round 2May 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023 (HKT 23:59, GMT+8)

Notes for Online Application

Choose “Data Science”, as one of the “Interdisciplinary areas” in the proposed faculty of study, from the drop-down list under the Online Application system of Graduate School, and you will be referred to our IDS scholars.

Key deadlines for application

For admission in 2023-24, please observe the following dates, while you are advised to apply as early as possible in case the slots are filled in the main round of application
Year 2023/24 Dates of application
Main Round September 1, 2022 – December 1, 2022
Clearing Round 1 December 2, 2022 – April 30, 2023
Clearing Round 2 May 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023

Our Postgraduate Programmes

The Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science is in collaboration with various different Departments and Faculties at the University to offer two postgraduate porgrammes by research, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes, to students who are devoted to exploring frontier research and applications in data science, and other cross-disciplinary areas, in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and globally.

The Institute aims to draw on strengths in varied disciplines, and to connect our expertise and a University-wide interest in establishing critical mass in key areas, and to explore frontier research and applications in data science, computing, mathematics, and statistics. One of our key missions is to nurture and support the next generation of data scientists who have a sense of social responsibility for the community they serve.

Why Choose IDS?

  • Interdisciplinary research environment, with varied and advanced industrial support
  • International scholars recruited under the HKU-100 Professoriate Data Science Cluster as mentors
  • Comprehensive networks with top global research institutions as well as
  • Strategically located in the Greater Bay Area


Programme Coursework* required by Graduate School Coursework* required by respective Host Department
MPhil 2 compulsory components (6 modules in total) Please browse the homepages below for more details:
3-year PhD 1 compulsory module
4-year PhD 2 compulsory components (6 modules in total)
More details are available online at the Graduate School’s webpage.

Other requirements

Students are expected to participate in the Institute’s academic activities such as the HKU-IDS Scholar Seminar Series, public lectures, workshops, and sharing sessions by mentors. Attendance at tutorials and the Institute’s event organization may be required.

Special requirements by respective departments are listed as follows:

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering To give at least one research seminar before submission of his/her thesis title
Department of Computer Science To give a departmental pre-graduate seminar about his/her thesis work before thesis defense.