Research Postgraduate Studies (MPhil, PhD)
Two research qualifications are offered by the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil). The research postgraduate programmes in the department are designed to prepare students to develop creative and innovative scientific aptitude. For details of the research themes of our department, please refer to our research webpage.
Outstanding applicant can also apply for the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF) and University Postgraduate Fellowship (UPF). Since the launch of these schemes in 2009, and our department has over 10 PhD candidates successfully graduated/ admitted through the HKPF or UPF schemes. In addition, joint PhD programmes are also offered to provide opportunities to students for enriching their international and research experiences in our prestigious partners.
|Name of Candidate||Type of Awardee||Entry Year||Primary Supervisor||Field of Study|
|Yu CAI||HKPF||2011||Professor Yu WANG||Biomarker discovery in obesity-related metabolic & cardiovascular diseases|
|Yingying XU||HKPF||2012||Dr Jenny LAM||Drug Delivery|
|Michael YT CHOW||UPF||2013||Dr Jenny LAM||Pharmacy|
|Lai Yee CHEONG||HKPF||2014||Professor Aimin XU||Endocrinology|
|Tianshi FENG||HKPF||2014||Professor Aimin XU||Endocrinology|
|Yao WANG||UPF||2014||Professor Aimin XU||Obesity & Diabetes|
|Yanhua CHENG||HKPF||2015||Dr Susan LEUNG||Cardiovascular Pharmacology|
|Krista Roberta VERHOEFT||HKPF||2015||Dr Vivian LUI||Cancer Pharmacogenomics & Genomic Medicine|
|Dede KW MAN||Joint PhD (KCL)||2015||Dr Jenny LAM||Pharmaceutical Science|
|Jensen HC YIU||HKPF||2017||Dr Connie WOO||Immunometabolism|
|Joseph E BLAIS||HKPF||2018||Dr Esther CHAN||Pharmacoepidemiology & drug safety|
|Kaiqi LONG||HKPF||2019||Dr Weiping WANG||Drug Delivery|
|Chi Hang MAN||Joint PhD (KCL)||2019||Dr Jenny LAM||Drug Delivery|
The Department has modern well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation and other items required for all research activities as covered by the above area. Research postgraduate students also have access to instrumentation shared with other Departments within the University. Students registered for either the PhD or MPhil are expected to carry out original research on a topic suggested by (or agreed with) their supervisor. They may also be assigned with a co-supervisor, who can offer additional help and advice as appropriate. The research work is supplemented by coursework, with the intention to provide research training to assist the students to complete their studies within their study period.
Full details about the PhD and MPhil are available at The University of Hong Kong Graduate School website:
For inquiries that relate specifically to the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, please contact: