University graduate aged 15 could become youngest ever Brit to hold a PhD – The Sun

A UNIVERSITY graduate aged 15 could become the youngest ever Brit to hold a PhD.

Wang Pok Lo graduated with a distinction in his masters in Statistics with Medical Applications after studying in his spare time.

Nicknamed Pok, he is still en route to complete his schooling.

He has now been accepted on a PhD course at Edinburgh University.

Pok, of South Queensferry, West Lothian, said: “It’s been quite a challenging journey but very rewarding.”

The prodigy earned a first class honours degree in Maths through the Open University in 2017 when he was just 13-years-old.

Pok then went on to enrol at Sheffield University to study the part-time masters degree online – only having to complete the 550 mile round trip to Sheffield for exams.

Pok said: "It was distance learning so all the materials were online. "I only needed to go to campus when I needed to do exams.

"There were lectures as well that were recorded and posted online. It's been quite a challenging journey but very rewarding.

The maths whizz moved to Scotland from Hong Kong in 2006, and started doing sums when he was just two-years-old.

The PhD course will take three years, with Pok being only 19 by the time he graduates.

After his PhD he is hoping to go on to study medicine, with interests in cardiology and neurology.

John Wood, headteacher at Queensferry Community High School, said: "The whole school community are extremely proud of Pok and his tremendous achievements.


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