Research Postgraduate

Programme Overview

Message from the Director, Research Postgraduate Studies


Dr. Kelly Ku

Social science research helps us to imagine better and alternative futures. Whatever field you choose, we pride ourselves in bringing together the brightest minds in an open, collaborative, and globally linked research graduate community.

We are Asia’s pioneer in Smart Societies research; here, we exchange knowledge and best practices to promote sustainable development in smart cities, the environment, education, and collective well-being.  Having such breadth and depth of research strengths allow us to offer excellent guidance for our graduate students in a variety of transdisciplinary topics.

In our program, we value close student-faculty partnership. You will benefit from a vibrant graduate community of mentors and peers from around the world. You will also be engaged in our overseas attachment, where you will be connected to work directly with not just local academics, but with leading researchers from cultures and countries other than your own. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in, for example, Singapore, Norway, United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the Government of Kazakhstan. 

We are always in search of the very best and passionate minds to join our research community. I invite you to continue to explore the website for our Niche Research Areas and Research Impact.


I look forward to giving you a warm welcome in person.


Dr. Kelly YL Ku

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Distinctive features of our Programmes
  • Emphasis on trans-disciplinary problem-solving.
  • Global diversity: Our current and recent graduates come from Hong Kong, China, and a further 14 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
  • Financial and professional support for conference participations and overseas placements.
  • Caring and cohesive graduate community: Our students have an effective voice in Faculty governance, and network with / learn from peers from across the 7 social sciences disciplines, all housed in one building. 
  • Opportunities to take courses and attend lectures across Hong Kong's universities and to access data and fields across China and South East Asia.
  • A flexible range of funding models including government scholarships, Faculty scholarships, and Department scholarships.