Warm welcome to our students newly joined the DOVS family in 2023!

Message from the Head of Graduate Division

Prof Guy LJ CHEN

Our Department provides high standard integrated training in both laboratory and clinical sciences in ophthalmology. Research in our Department mainly includes randomized controlled trials, epidemiology, disease risk factor identification, ocular imaging, animal models, ocular stem cell, cellular biology, gene function, and molecular and clinical genetics of major eye diseases, including glaucoma, myopia, age-related macular degeneration, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, diabetic retinopathy, corneal dystrophy, and retinoblastoma.

Whilst postgraduate students in our Department will receive both in-depth and multidisciplinary training based on research projects, they should also fulfill basic requirements on course planning from the University. Moreover, we request each student to be hardworking, honest, and helpful, so that he/she can form good team spirit, and become an honorable researcher / doctor.

Message from the Associate Head of Graduate Division

Dr CHU Wai Kit

Postgraduate students are important members of our department. Students are trained and encouraged to have insightful scientific minds, delicate research skills and honourable spirits. There are various patient orientated research projects covering both laboratory and clinical sciences in ophthalmology. We strive for excellence and nurture our students to be future leaders.

Our Department conducts full-time and part-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research programmes.  We have established an MPhil and PhD education platform, pertaining to personal education and aiming for academic excellence.

We provide an environment for medical degree graduates to advance basic science knowledge and to conduct both clinical and laboratory research.  We also accept graduates of life science disciplines to undertake research related to eye diseases and develop a career in medical sciences.

Students can select research programmes from a wide spectrum of eye diseases including Corneal and External Eye Diseases, Cataracts and Refractive Errors, Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal Diseases, Orbital Diseases, Thyroid Eye Disease, Genetic and Children Eye Diseases.  Students are accessible to all equipment and facilities in our research clinic and laboratories in ophthalmic imaging, microscopy, electrophysiology, molecular genomics, gene functions, cell and tissue culture, stem cells, experimental animals, and analytical biochemistry.

Currently, we have 25 MPhil and PhD students in our department.  Most of them are recipients of post-graduate studentships from CUHK.

General Admissions Requirements

For the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), the applicant shall have:

  • a Masters degree in a field related to life sciences or the degree of MBChB or equivalent, obtained from a recognized university; or
  • a Bachelors degree, normally with Second Class Honours in the upper division or above, and have been registered in a course of study for a Masters degree at this University for at least one year and have demonstrated research ability; or
  • been registered in a course of study for a doctoral degree at a recognized university for at least one year, and have been approved for admission by the Graduate Council; or
  • obtained the degrees of M.B., Ch.B., or equivalent, or under special circumstances, the degree of Bachelor, for admission to programmes of the Faculty of Medicine.


For a Masters programme, the applicant shall have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelors degree, preferably in a field related to life sciences or the degree of MBChB or equivalent, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelors degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than “B”; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.


English Language Requirements for Admission

To fulfill the Universitys minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

  1. obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong1 or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or
  2. achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:
    i. TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
    ii. IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
    iii. GMAT: Band 21 (Verbal); or
  3. obtained a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
    i. Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (AS Level);
    ii. Hong Kong Higher Level Examination;
    iii. CUHK Matriculation Examination;
    iv. General Certificate of Education Examination (GCE) Advanced Level (A-Level)/Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-Level); or
  4. achieved Level 4 or above in the English Language subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination; or
  5. obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.


      1. This is based on the understanding that English is the medium of instruction of degree programmes offered by universities in Hong Kong. Moreover, graduates from universities in Hong Kong should have fulfilled the English language requirements of the institution concerned when they were admitted to the degree programmes. The CUHK Graduate School may request applicants to provide additional supporting documents to prove their English proficiency.
      2. TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for two years from the test date. GMAT is considered valid for five years from the test date.


Please also refer to CUHK Graduate School website for the general entry requirement.

  • Tuition Fee for UGC-funded RPg Programmes : HK$ 42,100 (per annum)
  • Application Fee : HK$ 300
  • Caution Money : HK$ 450
  • Hostel Fee : Please refer to the information provided by the Postgraduate Halls


Postgraduate studentship (PGS) is available to full-time RPg students and is awarded to them at the time of admission. Students awarded PGS will receive stipends in return for assisting in the teaching and research work of the Graduate Division. The current monthly stipend is HK$18,360 for MPhil and PhD (pre-candidacy), or HK$18,870 for PhD (post-candidacy). This monthly stipend is payable only within the normative study period and is subject to revision by the University from time to time as it considers fit..

Scholarship available: David Sung Memorial Scholarship in Ophthalmology (Scientific Scholarship)

Our Department is committed to research of eye diseases at the highest standard and offers unique opportunities in the study of eye diseases using state-of-the-art technologies.

Our basic research involved studies on the etiology, molecular genetics, histopathology, biochemistry, and therapeutic responses of various eye diseases. In 1999 we established a comprehensive research laboratory system with modern facilities.

Please apply our MPhil and PhD Programmes via the CUHK Graduate School website.

Doctor of Philosophy Main Round & HKPFS Application: 1 December 2023
Clearing Round: 31 March 2024
(Applications in Clearing Round will only be considered subject to availability of places.)
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Master of Philosophy Main Round: 1 December 2023
Clearing Round: 31 March 2024
(Applications in Clearing Round will only be considered subject to availability of places.)
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Should you have any questions about our MPhil / PhD programmes, please feel free to contact Ms Connie MAK at (852) 3943 5820​ or by email: ovspostgrad@cuhk.edu.hk