Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☒ MPhil/PhD ☑ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Objective and Significance:

To illucidate the genetic determininants of complex diseases

Research Plan and Methodology:

A number of genome-wide association study (GWAS) datasets on various complex disorders are available both from studies conducted locally and those conducted elsewhere. These datasets have been analysed using simple statistical methods, usually looking one single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at a time. The research will comprise (1) a literature review of a chosen disorder, (2) detailed statistical analysis of the GWAS dataset on the chosen disorder, (3) interpretation of the results in the light of the known pathopysiological mechanisms of the disorder.

Professor PC Sham, Department of Psychiatry


For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project description.  Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission documentations could be referenced online at the Research Postgraduate Admissions website. General admission enquiries should be directed to

HKUMed MBBS students interested in the Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme may visit the programme website for more information.  

HKUMed UG students interested in the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) may visit the scheme’s website for more information.