HKU HKU Dept of Statistics & Actuarial Science, HKU

MPhil and PhD Studies 2019-20


MPhil and PhD Testimonials MPhil and PhD Studies leaflet 2019-20
  • Ph.D. in Statistics was rated as the No.1 best graduate degree for jobs in 2015, according to Fortune in consultation with the careers site Payscale! The ranking is based on (1) long-term outlook for job growth; (2) median salaries; and (3) job satisfaction scores. Details see here.

  • HKU is ranked No.4 in Asia and No.26 worldwide in the QS World University Ranking 2018.

  • In the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018, HKU Statistics ranks No.2 in Hong Kong, No.5 in Asia and No.28 worldwide overall.

  • According to U.S. News & World Report 2014, HKU Mathematics and Statistics rank the 9th in the "Best Global Universities Rankings for Mathematics".

  • HKU is ranked No. 1 in Asia and No. 10 worldwide in North American Actuarial Journal (2013 Vol. 17, 3-12), in terms of publication pages in the actuarial journals.

  • Established in 1967, the Department has currently 17 professoriate staff and over 35 Ph.D. and M.Phil. students.

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 Fellowships and Scholarships Available

The following fellowships/scholarships are available for applicants with outstanding academic performance, research ability or potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities:

Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF): offered by the Research Grants Council for HK$301,200 per year and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$12,600 per year for a period up to three years.( for details)

University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF): at a value of HK$70,000 in addition to the Postgraduate Scholarships (in 2018).

Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS): offered by HKU for HK$199,920 per year (in 2018).

On-line application at

    September 1- December 1, 2018: Main Round application

All applicants are encouraged to apply for HKPF.

If an applicant is nominated for HKPF application, a professoriate staff will contact and work together with the applicant to prepare necessary documents for the formal HKPF application. In the case of unsuccessful HKPF application, the nominated HKPF applicants will be automatically considered for UPF; and if unsuccessful application in the subsequent UPF application, the candidates will be automatically allocated PGS.

Flow Chart of Application for HKU Graduate Study

 Information for MPhil and PhD Studies


 On-line Application and Enquiries

Professor W.K. Fung, Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science
Room 303, Run Run Shaw Building,
The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3917 2467
Fax: (852) 2858 9041
  Graduate School
Room P403, Graduate Hourse,
The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2857 3470
Fax: (852) 2857 3543