Research Post-Graduate (Ph.D.)


The Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health offers a Ph.D. programme in a full-time mode, which covers

  • Physical recreation and wellness
  • Physical activity
  • Health benefits of exercise
  • Exercise biochemistry
  • Exercise physiology
  • Cardiovascular disease and related co-morbidities
  • Prevention of obesity
  • Physiological demands of sporting activities on children and adults
  • Lifetime sports and recreation
  • Sport injury prevention
  • Gender and aging issues on sports
  • Sports and leisure management; as well as
  • Sport psychology and mental health


Students completing the Ph.D. degree programme may pursue research or academic careers in education, NGOs, or commercial setters.


Normal Period of Ph.D. Study

Full-time: 4 years


Academic Qualification Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. degree programme should possess:

a) A master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

b) A bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution. Candidates should have evidence of research achievement/experience/potential.


Language Proficiency Requirements

a) Proof of English as the medium of instruction for the major degree; or

b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5; or

c) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79 (Internet-based Test). 

IELTS and TOEFL scores are considered valid for two years from the test date.

Application Procedures

Submission of application form and documentary proof of academic qualification (i.e. graduation certificates and transcripts), English Language Proficiency, research proposal, publications, and other supporting documents. Certified English translation is required for documents not in English.

Applicants can visit HERE to learn about the research areas of our academic staff members, and indicate the proposed supervisor in their applications.


Application has to be submitted online at Online Application System for Admission to Postgraduate Studies.

For more details, please visit Graduate School’s website


Application Period

1 September to 1 December

Since admission offers are highly competitive and subject to quota availability, applicants are strongly recommended to submit their applications by mid-November, allowing time to make up for missing documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


Interview Period

Early-December (for HKPFS)

December to January (for non-HKPFS)
Applicants are advised to regularly check their emails in early December to ensure they do not miss any short notice for an interview. The Department will not send individual notifications regarding the results. If applicants do not receive an interview invitation or result email, it can be assumed that their applications  were unsuccessful.
(Subject to quota availability, there may be additional rounds of interviews conducted after December.)


Selection Criteria

While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but is not limited to the yardsticks as listed below for the selection of candidates:

  • Academic excellence
  • Research proposal and achievement
  • Cultural diversity
  • Leadership ability and societal responsibility, and
  • Communication, interpersonal skills


For further information of Research Postgraduate Studies, please visit Graduate School’s website

To learn more details of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), please visit RGC's website