Master of Philosophy (MPhil) / Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

General Information

Mode & Period of Study MPhil
Full-time: 2-3 years
Part-time: 4-6 years
Full-time: 3-4 years
Part-time: 6-8 years

Programme Aims

Research degree programmes aim to provide advanced education to nurture people who can:

  • contribute to the advancement of knowledge through independent and original research;
  • demonstrate specialist subject knowledge and a high level of transferable skills, including analytical, communication and leadership skills; and
  • enhance economic, social and cultural development.

Programme Structure

The research degree programmes of MPhil and PhD consist of both coursework and independent research studies culminating in the submission of a thesis.

To be recommended for the award of MPhil or PhD degrees, students must successfully complete the coursework requirements, and satisfy the examiners in respect of the thesis submitted, in an oral examination on the thesis and area of study concerned, and in any written or practical examinations as required.

Programme Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Students are normally required to fulfill the following coursework requirements within their study period:

  • MPhil students: 7 credit units (minimum requirement)
  • PhD students: 14 credit units (normal requirement)


An MPhil thesis should present the results of research investigation, give evidence of a sound understanding of the area of study, its context and applicability, and make a contribution to knowledge. A PhD thesis, in addition to the above, should make a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the subject area concerned.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements:


  • hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honors (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.


  • be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD candidature; or
  • hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
  • hold a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
  • hold a Bachelor's degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognized by the University.

Tuition Fee

Admissions Handbook

Detailed information about application and programme related fees, English proficiency requirements, application procedures, financial awards/assistance and admission related matters can be obtained from the Admissions Handbook of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Last update: 5 June 2017