School of Optometry

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2021 Entry


The School of Optometry is one of the five academic units in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and is a research hub in Optometry with international recognition. The School focuses on two research areas, namely myopia and the ageing eye. The aim of our myopia research is to unravel the cellular mechanism of myopia and develop clinical interventions to prevent and halt its development and progression. Our ageing eye research focuses on understanding the physiological ageing processes leading to vision loss and the pathogenesis of age-related eye diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinal degeneration.


The School invites high calibre students with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and good communication skills to apply for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) studies.


Please visit our website for more information about our research areas and programmes.

Research Areas

Ageing Eye Research

As people age, visual function often deteriorates and the risk of eye disorders and pathologies increases. Our goal is to find better ways to manage such eye conditions to preserve vision and independence. We are carrying out research in the following areas:


  • Dry eye and tear physiology
  • Glaucoma and aqueous humour dynamics
  • Ocular biomechanics
  • Retinal degeneration

Please click here to find out more about the research interests of our School of Optometry and contact our staff directly to discuss research opportunities.

Myopia Research

Myopia affects the majority of children in Hong Kong. It impacts on their quality of life and increases the risk of vision loss in later life. We are carrying out research to discover why myopia develops, ways to retard its development and approaches to minimise its impact on public health. To achieve this goal, staff members are undertaking research in the following areas:


  • Animal models
  • Clinical trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Proteomics
  • Public health
  • Visual electrophysiology

Please click here to find out more about the research interests of our School of Optometry and contact our staff directly to discuss research opportunities.

Research Facilities

Centre for Myopia Research


The Centre for Myopia Research conducts clinical, genomic and proteomic research using a multi-disciplinary approach, pulling in expertise from all areas of clinical and basic science. In the past few years, the Centre’s researchers have made significant discoveries in myopia control strategies such as novel lens designs and overnight corneal remodelling therapy. These results have led to further downstream developments and applications.


Optometry Research Clinic


The School established the Optometry Research Clinic in 2013 and it was brought into full operation for translational and clinical research in 2016. Four cubicles are equipped with standard sets of optometry equipment, and the remaining four cubicles are furnished with specialised instruments for optometry research related to advanced ophthalmic imaging of anterior and posterior eye segments; ocular motility and visual functions; dry eye and contact lenses; and advanced ophthalmic dispensing.


Other Major Research Facilities


Apart from the Centre for Myopia Research and the Optometry Research Clinic, the School has set up various laboratories such as the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory, Future Optometry Laboratory and Ocular Anatomy Laboratory, to expand the frontiers of our research.

Other Information

Interested students are encouraged to approach our faculty members (click here for the list of staff) to discuss their research proposals.


Please address your enquiries to Departmental Research Committee Secretary (email:

Supporting Documents

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Referee's Report

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS); 

Optional - For PolyU Research Postgraduate programmes

Research Proposal

Compulsory - A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form.

Transcript / Certificate


  • Certificate(s) of Bachelor's/ Master's degree(s)
  • Transcripts of studies with the explanatory notes of overall and maximum GPA/grades


Optional - Publication records, scholarships, awards/prizes and class rankings (with supporting documents)