Postgraduate Studies
Research Postgraduate Studies


Excellence in medical research and education at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine is driven by a community of top faculty members and students from around the world and empowered by cutting-edge technology and facilities.

We are proud to have achieved impactful results. However, these achievements would not have been possible without the people who make up our diverse community.

While making discoveries and developing innovations, we also build enriching and enduring relationships, ones founded on shared vision and values, and the commitment to excellence. And like a family, we support each other through challenges and celebrate every success together.

Why HKUMed?

1. Because we are so well established

  • HKUMed is the longest established institution in higher education of Hong Kong
  • HKUMed was founded as the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese by London Missionary Society in 1887, and was renamed as the Hong Kong College of Medicine in 1907
  • HKUMed was deemed as the premier Faculty when the University was established in 1911 and is now the largest faculty of the University comprising 14 Departments and 4 Schools
  • Read our pamphlet to learn more

Staff Profile
as of February 2021

Professoriate

340

Academic-related

474

Research-support

997

Administrative/Clerical/Technical

1,344

Honorary/Visiting

2,197

Total

5,352

Research Postgraduate Student Profile
as of March 2021

Full-time

Part-time

Total

MPhil

340

12

129

PhD 3-year

2,197

8

77

PhD 4-year

503

31

534

Total

689

51

740


2. Because of our exceptional research achievements

  • Our researchers have published 369 highly cited papers
  • 4 members of the faculty are highly cited researchers
  • 54 members are ranked among the top 1% scholars in their field in terms of citation and recognition
  • Our research is published in a number of prestigious journals including over 48 high impact publications in top international journals in 2020
  • Find out more about our high impact publication and top 1% scholars

3. Because of our cutting-edge research facilities

What Research at HKUMed?

For more than 130 years, the Faculty has been at the forefront of medical research and the development of new clinical services that benefit mankind.

Academic staff members in the Faculty undertake a wide spectrum of research, from frontier basic medical sciences research to cutting-edge clinical research.  They also supervise a large number of research postgraduate students from both local and overseas institutions. Clinical departments enjoy the flexibility of conducting and supervising research in both laboratories and clinical settings. 

With a strong research base, the Faculty has made tremendous contributions to the study and treatment of various diseases. The high quality work that our researchers publish has resulted in 53 of them being listed among the top 1% of scientists in their fields (ISI Essential Science Indicators).

As the longest established institution in higher education and the top university of Hong Kong (THE 2019, QS 2019 & ARWU 2018), our students work within the Faculty’s state-of-the-art research facilities and amongst a network of over 500 full-time teaching staff, 600 research staff and 660 research postgraduate students.

Programme & Support at HKUMed

The HKU Medical Faculty offers several research postgraduate programmes in which students are able to train alongside Faculty members, work in state-of-the-art laboratories, and participate in international exchange programmes.

The Medical Faculty shares with other Faculties in the University the common goal of imparting knowledge to students through research.  Every department in the Faculty actively participates in the training of research postgraduate students studying for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS) degrees.

How to Join HKUMed?