HKU HKU Dept of Statistics & Actuarial Science, HKU

MPhil and PhD Studies 2023-24


PhD Graduate Testimonials MPhil and PhD Studies leaflet 2023-24
  • 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.1 in Hong Kong and No.22 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

  • In the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019, HKU Statistics ranks No.2 in Hong Kong, No.5 in Asia and No.34 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 was ranked No.2 worldwide and No.1 in Asia based on research contributions from the top 4 actuarial journals (Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, North American Actuarial Journal, ASTIN Bulletin, and Scandinavian Actuarial Journal) amongst non-business schools over a 25-year period from 1994 to 2019. HKU was even ranked No. 1 in 2006 and 2013 worldwide in this global study conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For details see here.

  • The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is part of the University Grants Committee's commitment to assessing the performance of the UGC-funded universities. Out of seven comparable units of assessment for Mathematics and Statistics, we rank No.1 in terms of the percentage judged to meet the standard of 4-star, the highest starred level for overall quality profile of research, in RAE 2020.

  • Established in 1967, the Department has currently 17 professoriate staff and over 60 Ph.D. and M.Phil. students.

    For more details about the Department's research postgraduate programmes, please visit here.


     Academic Positions of Some of Our Recent RPG Graduates

    NameCurrent Academic PositionYear of Graduation
    Dr. SHI HaolunAssistant Professor, Simon Fraser University2018
    Dr. ZHANG YiyingAssistant Professor, Nankai University2018
    Dr. LI ZengAssistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology2017
    Dr. CHONG AlfredAssistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2017
    Dr. ZHENG YaoAssistant Professor, University of Connecticut2017
    Dr. ZHU QianqianAssistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics2017
    Dr. LI ZhaoyuanAssistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen2016
    Dr. WONG Kwok ChuenAssistant Professor, Dublin City University2016
    Dr. LIN RuitaoAssistant Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center2016

     Recent Awards of Our RPGs

    Award YearAward Name




    Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) by Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong
  • FENG Yufan (PhD candidate)
  • LI Lan (PhD candidate)
  • CAI Yuxi (PhD candidate)
  • LU Kexin (PhD candidate)
  • Note: From the 2020-21 exercise onwards (until further notice), all HKPF holders will be awarded the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship.
  • ZHOU Yunpeng (PhD candidate)
  • JIN Huaqing (PhD candidate)
  • HUANG Feiqing (PhD candidate)

  • 2022


    HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship
  • FENG Yufan (PhD candidate)
  • LI Lan (PhD candidate)
  • LI Zhenghao (PhD candidate)
  • LIANG Zhuo (PhD candidate)
  • ZHU Lingting (PhD candidate)

  • 2021
    University Postgraduate Fellowship
  • LI Xiang (PhD candidate)
  • YAO Minhao (PhD candidate)

  • 2020
    Hung Hing Ying Scholarship
  • JIN Huaqing (PhD candidate)

  • 2020
    DIA China Leader of Tomorrow Award
  • Dr. XIA Fan (PhD graduate, 2014)
  • Dr. Xia is currently the General Manager of data science center, Vice President in CSPC Clinical Development Division (石藥集團)

    SCT Thomas Chalmers Student Scholarship by Society for Clinical Trials, US
  • Finalist: ZHANG Chenyang (PhD candidate)
  •       Topic of Paper: Bayesian Nonparametric Analysis for Restrict Mean Survival Time
  • Finalist: JIN Huaqing (PhD candidate)
  •       Topic of Paper: Bayesian Enhancement Two-Stage Design With Error Control for Phase II Clinical Trials

     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:

    HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS): up to around HK$420,900 in the first year, and up to around HK$400,900 in each of the subsequent years during the normative study period, subject to satisfactory study progress

    Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF)*: offered by the Research Grants Council for HK$325,200 per year and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,600 per year for a period up to three years. ( for details)

    Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS): offered by HKU for HK$216,360 per year, or HK$222,240 per year for PhD students whose probationary candidature has been confirmed (in 2020)

    On-line application at

      September 1- December 1, 2022: Main Round application
      *Applicants applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) have to submit BOTH an initial application to the Research Grants Council (RGC) by December 1, 2022 (HKT 12:00 or GMT +8 hours) and then a full application to HKU by abovementioned main round application deadline.

    All applicants are encouraged to apply for HKPF.

    In principle, all HKPF holders will receive HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS)^. Separate application for HKU-PS is not required.

    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 Guodong Li, 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