Normal Period(Full-Time)-PhD Degree: 48 months

    Normal Period(Full-Time)-MPhil Degree: 24 months


    RMB 90000/year


    Students shall commence studies in fall. Spring enrollment will only be opened to students under special circumstances, each case will be considered on individual merits.


    The goal of the Programme is to foster high-level professionals who can meet the needs of the country's economic, social and scientific development, with a strong sense of social responsibility and a high degree of innovation. The programme aims to cultivate high level talents, with a broad knowledge based in biology and chemistry, and the theories, knowledge, and experimental techniques in the modern interdisciplinary fields, who are able to conduct scientific research independently and obtain innovative research results.

    The scholars under the chemistry discipline have rich experiences across domestic and oversea biotech companies as well as universities. The key members include Prof. Bo LEI, Prof. Baojun XU, Prof. Huada RUAN. The major research fields include food chemistry, purification and characterization of protein/bioactive peptides, food safety techniques and food safety systems, interrelationship of food functional components with free radicals in human body, toxicological studies, safety assessment of the chemicals used in food industry, biosynthesis of microbial biotoxins and their use as pharmaceuticals.

    The programme is equipped with comprehensive research facilities such as UPLC-TSQ, GC-MS, headspace gas-phase Chromatography (GC-FID), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Protein Purification Systems, which provide strong foundation to support scientific research.


    Applicants seeking admission to the PhD programme should possess:

    a) a master's degree from a recognised university or comparable institution; or

    b) a bachelor's degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution, whom should demonstrate strong evidence of research achievement/experience; or

    c) any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose, whom may be required to take an admission exam.

    Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil programme should possess:

    a) a bachelor's degree with Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

    b) a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in an admission exam.

    Language Requirements:

    Applicants whose first language is not English, or previous degrees not obtained with English as medium of instruction are required to prove their language abilities by means of performance in any one of the tests below:

    *Test results of TOEFL-iBT Home Edition or IELTS Indicator will not be considered.

    TestMinimum requirement
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    79 (Internet-based Test)

    Reading, Listening and Speaking≥18; Writing≥19

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


    Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing ≥ 5.5

    College English Test Band 6 (CET 6)500 and grade B in the CET-SET (Speaking English Test)


    For MPhil programme students:

    Minimum of 12 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*).

    For PhD programme students:

    Minimum of 22 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*). Applicant with a relevant Master's degree may be exempted from 3 units of coursework.

    All course and instructions will be delivered in English.

    Both MPhil and PhD students need to achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.67 to be considered satisfactory fulfilment of coursework requirement.

    * Remark: the Mandatory Common Core Courses will be taken in Hong Kong Baptist University.


    To enable research postgraduate students to focus on their studies and facilitate their research endeavors and professional development, financial support will be offered based on academic merit and/or experience. In return, students may be required to assist in teaching and research work, also as a supplement to their courses of studies.

    a) Studentship(tentative)*

    Studentship is intended to help cover daily subsistence, tuition fees and other expenses that research postgraduate students may incur during their study. Stipend is offered to selected number of students who demonstrate outstanding performance.

    Regular Studentship (including tuition fee) through normal study period

    RMB 15,800per month (including tuition fee) for PhD studies;

    RMB 13,500per month (including tuition fee) for MPhil studies;

    • The studentship will commence on the same date as you commence your studies.

    • During the awarded period, students will shall serve as teaching assistant or research assistant subject to the arrangement of Faculty/School and/or their supervisor concerned. Their workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year.

    Studentship will be effective from 2024 cohort RPg students subject to the final approval by related Committee(s)

    b) Visiting Scheme

    This scheme aims at encouraging students to stay at HKBU to take coursework and undertake research as part of their thesis work. The allowances for each of MPhil and PhD students are HKD 3,000 per month for a maximum stay of 6 months.

    c) Research Allowances

    Both PhD & MPhil students are entitled research allowances to cover 1) research-related travel; 2) conference attendance; 3) data collection; 4) purchase of books and other research materials not available at UIC Learning Resource Centre.


    You are required to apply the programme via UIC Research Postgraduate Programme Application System with below documents:

    1.HKBU application form

     (a) please select the programme on the website: then choose Research Postgraduate Programme - MPhil & PhD, and;

     (b) complete the application form before the closing day on the HKBU Online System and;

     (c) pay the application fee.

    2.Research proposal (in English);

    3.Certificate of Bachelor Degree and/or Master Degree;

    4.Official transcripts (undergraduate and/or postgraduate);

    5.English proficiency test reports (TOEFL, IELTS or CET 6);

    6.Curriculum vitae;

    7.Copy of ID card (Two sides) / Copy of passport for non-Chinese;

    8.Any other supporting documents (publications, awards, patent, etc.).

    Note: Please contact and communicate with your proposed supervisors before submitting your application to ensure the smooth progress of your application.

    Apply Now

    (Kindly be reminded that the cut-off date of research programme in HKBU application system is 15 April 2024. The corresponding application in UIC system shall be completed on or before 30 April 2024 for screening and further interview arrangement.)


    Name(English) Name(Chinese) Field of Study Email
    Prof. Bo LEI 雷波 Food safety testing techniques, instrumentation, and rapid diagnostics; Functional food ingredients and health food formulation, scale up, and production
    Prof. Bruce Baojun XU 徐宝军 Food Science, Phytochemicals, Nutraceuticals, Pharmaceuticals, Functional Foods, Molecular Nutrition, Cell Biology
    Prof. Daniel Huada RUAN 阮华达 Environmental Science
    Dr. Donald Chiu-Hong LEE 李朝康 Biochemistry, Environmental Analysis and Monitoring, Environmental Technology
    Can be the Co-supervisor for MPhil/PhD students
    Name(English) Name(Chinese) Field of Study Email
    Dr. Danny Chi Man LEONG 梁志文 Agriculture, Biodecomposition, Edible Insects, Food wastes and plastic wastes management
    Dr. Eason Xun LI 李迅 Environmental Economics, Environmental Science, Landscape Ecology, Sustainable Development, Spatial Modelling, Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Science
    Dr. Ya WANG 王娅 Biomedical Materials, Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy, Chronic Diseases Detection and Treatment, Drug Delivery Systems, Functional Polymers, Nanomedicine
    Dr. Wenmeng HE 何文猛 Flavour Chemistry, Sensory Evaluation, Food Product Development, Food Hydrocolloids, Proteomics, Fermented Food, Functional Food, Bakery Products, Protein Modification, Food Omics
    Dr. Raymond Xiaoyu LUO 罗晓宇 Intelligent and Active Packaging, Plant Proteins, Food Chemistry, Food Quality Detection, Aquatic and Muscle Foods
    Dr. Zijian WANG 王子键 Atmosphere-plant-soil interactions, Carbon sink and neutrality, Regional plant-related ecological simulation, Coping strategy of extreme climates for plants, Reduction of heavy metal in plants by soil remediation