About the Programs

  • There are two types of full-time graduate programs offered in all SUSTech colleges and departments: PhD Program and Integrated Master-PhD Program. All programs are taught in English.

  • The PhD Program is for four years. The Integrated Master-PhD Program is for five years (two years for Master and the other three years for PhD).

  • Please download the form below for information of SUSTech supervisors and research areas. Departmental contacts for inquiries and to receive applications are listed below.

    2020 SUSTech PhD Projects for International Recruitment (Supervisors and Research Areas).xlsx

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SUSTech Graduate Scholarships

SUSTech welcomes applications from students all over the world. All international graduate students admitted by SUSTech will be awarded the scholarship.


PhD Program: The PhD scholarship is RMB126,700 (Approx. USD18,098)/year, plus a possible performance-based award of RMB20,000 (Approx. USD2,857)/year. The performance-based award will be evaluated by the SUSTech academic departments and approved by the Graduate School.


Integrated Master-PhD Program: During the Master study period, the Integrated Master-PhD scholarship is RMB83,700 (Approx. USD11,955)/year, plus a possible performance-based award of RMB10,000 (Approx. USD1,428)/year. Student who completes the Master study successfully and becomes a PhD candidate will receive the PhD scholarship.

Cost for Reference

Tuition fee: RMB35,000/year (Approx. USD5,000) during the Master study period, and RMB40,000/year (Approx. USD5,715) during the PhD study period. Registration fee: RMB500 (Approx. USD71).

Accommodation fee: RMB 18,000/year (Approx. USD2,570) for a single room in the graduate student dormitories on campus.

Note: For students enrolled in the Integrated Master-PhD Program, during the Master study period, students may be allocated to double room dormitory at lower cost according to the university’s room availability. Allocation of dormitory and final fee standard will be stated in the offer letter.

How to Apply

1. Eligibility of International Applicants

Bachelor’s degree holder for Integrated Master-PhD Program applicants. Master’s degree holder for PhD Program applicants.

Language competence: TOEFL 85 or above; or IELTS 6.5 overall or above, with no sub-scores lower than 6.0.

2. Application Deadline: 

Please email the required documents (in PDF format) to the department contacts listed below before June 15, 2020. The subject of email should be: Application for SUSTech PhD/Integrated Master-PhD Program Admission 2020-International Student-Name.

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3. Required Documents:

(1) Application Form (Please click here to download the “Application form”Application Form -SUSTech (2020).docx)

(2) Personal statement, which should include study and work experience, reasons for application and study proposal. 

(3) Degree certificates and academic transcripts, which must be original documents or notarized copies. If applicants are university students, they shall also provide an official pre-graduation certificate/letter showing their student status and stating the expected graduation date. For all documents in languages other than Chinese or English, notarized copies of translations in Chinese or English need to be provided.

(4) Photocopies of language proficiency certificates.

(5) Two letters of recommendation with appropriate contact details. 

(6) A photocopy of passport or other government issued ID.

(7) Other documents that prove academic abilities.

Departments may require hard copies of the above documents. Application materials will NOT be returned regardless of the result of application.


Evaluation and Admission

Applications will be considered on the basis of the documents provided by the applicants. An interview and/or additional tests may be needed.

Offer letters will be issued to successful applicants by the SUSTech Graduate School Admissions Office following the release of the application review results around June 2020. 

Visa Application and Registration

Admitted students should bring their passport, Letter of Admission, Visa Application Form (JW202/JW201), as well as other required documents to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China for a student visa (X1 visa). Students shall come to SUSTech for registration during the dates indicated by the admission package with the required documents. Normally, the registration period is in late August. Students must enter China with an ordinary passport and an X1 visa, and must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days of arrival in China.


All students should present the passport and other necessary original or notarial degree certificates upon registration at SUSTech for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail the enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment.


Bao Zhu (Miss)

SUSTech Graduate School

Email: zhub@sustech.edu.cn; yzb@sustech.edu.cn

Graduate School webpage: https://gs.sustech.edu.cn/en/

SUSTech official website: http://sustech.edu.cn/en/