Postgraduate Education

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Postgraduate Education (MPhil and PhD)

MPhil and PhD studies in the Department is administered by the Graduate Division of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences headed by Prof Christopher Leung, with administrative support by Ms Michelle Tang. We conduct full-time and part-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research programmes. Many of our MPhil and PhD students are recipients of post-graduate studentships from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

We have established a MPhil and PhD education platform, pertaining to personalized education and aiming for academic excellence. All research students are accessible to all equipment and facilities in our research laboratories. Students, supervisors, and research staff work together on meaningful research projects in basic and clinical ophthalmology with international recognitions. Our students present papers on platform at international conferences and publish original articles in major SCI journals based on their thesis work.

We provide an environment for medical degree graduates to acquire advanced basic science knowledge and to conduct both clinical and laboratory based research. We also accept graduates of life science disciplines to pursuit basic research related to eye diseases and pursue a career in research. Our PhD graduates have taken up academic or clinical positions in major academic institutions including CUHK, Harvard University, Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Sydney, and eye centres in mainland China. Some have entered the pharmaceutical industry.

Currently 20 MPhil and PhD students are undergoing their research programmes.

ProgrammesApplication Deadline
(for 2018-19 intake)
Online Application
Doctor of Philosophy in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences (PhD)31 January 2018Apply Now!
Master of Philosophy in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences (MPhil)31 January 2018Apply Now!



Research Highlights

Our PG StudentResearch AreasSupervisor(s)
CAO XuMeasurement of retinal ganglion cell function using electrophysiology (STR/PhNR)Prof LEUNG Kai Shun Christopher
HE Jingna(1) Chronic oxidative stress to HTM cell using rotenone
(2) Autophagy effects of OPTN mutations in POAG patients
Dr CHU Wai Kit
JIANG Yuning(1) Intervention for myopia progression
(2) The function of Retinoblastoma protein
Dr CHU Wai Kit
LI FenfenDr CHEN Li Jia Guy
Dr YAM Cheuk Sing Jason
LU ShiyaoGenetic investigation of ocular quantitative traitsDr CHEN Li Jia Guy
Prof THAM Chee Yung Clement
MAN Tsz Chun TonyDr Mårten BRELÉN
RAN Anran EmmaProf THAM Chee Yung Clement
Dr CHEUNG Yim Lui Carol
REN TianminMolecular metabolism of retinal ganglion cellsProf LEUNG Kai Shun Christopher
SUN ZihanRetinal ImagingDr CHEUNG Yim Lui Carol
Dr NG Siu Chun Danny
TANG Fangyao(1) Risk assessment for vision threatening diabetic retinopathy using novel retinal imaging
(2) Genetic association of single nucleotide polymorphisms and primary angle-closure glaucoma
Dr CHEUNG Yim Lui Carol
TO Yuen Ying Elaine(1) Retinal nerve fiber layer imaging with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography
(2) Apps in mobile devices for visual field testing; quality of life in glaucoma patients
Prof LEUNG Kai Shun Christopher
WANG Yumeng(1) Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging in keratoconus
(2) Keratoconus genetics
(3) The pathophysiological mechanisms of keratoconus development
Prof PANG Chi Pui Calvin
YANG Qichen GracieDr NG Tsz Kin Michael
Prof LEUNG Kai Shun Christopher
YUAN NanBiomarker of retinal imaging for high myopiaDr YAM Cheuk Sing Jason
ZHANG Bining(1) Genetics of inherited eye diseases
(2) Molecular biology of Sclerocornea.
Dr CHU Wai Kit
ZHENG Feihui Freya(1) OCT rim width measurement in glaucoma and myopic eyes
(2) Anterior chamber angle measurement with a new swept-source OCT
Prof LEUNG Kai Shun Christopher