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Doctoral Studies
alumni The Department has a vibrant research degrees programme with 36 currently registered doctoral candidates. Our PhD studies extend over three years in the case of MPhil/MA degree holders or four years for non-MPhil/MA degree holders. Every student is supervised by a panel of three faculty members and can expect close contact with their main supervisor(s). Research interests of the faculty members in this Department can be found in the Faculty page.


Research Student Seminars
Departmental Public Seminar

Admission Requirements
The minimum academic qualification for the research degree programs is a CGPA over 85 (out of 100) for MPhil degree holders or a CGPA over 88 (out of 100) for non-MPhil degree holders (or the equivalent). Applicants whose first language is not English must have a TOEFL (at least 593 points in paper-based or 243 in computer-based total or 95 in internet-based), or an overall band score of 7.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants whose medium of instruction was English in the previous degrees may be exempted from the English Language Proficiency Requirement. A research proposal setting out the aims, outlines, and methods of the proposed research should be submitted with the application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited by the Department for an admission interview (either face-to-face or via Skype). The deadline for application is 1 December 2018.

Financial Assistance
UGC-funded full-time research students are each granted a studentship of roughly HK$198,000 a year (the equivalent of US$25,380). Research students are eligible for other scholarships and research funds.

Tuition Fees
HK$3,508 per month
* full-time mode; subject to annual review

Further Information and Contacts
Information regarding application procedures, including application forms, can be obtained from the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies. For initial discussion of the possibilities of research degrees studies in the Department of Public Policy at City University, please email to