Research Degrees Studies
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The department welcomes applications for full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. 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 academics. Research interests of the faculty members of the Department can be found in the Faculty page
Current PHD Students/Candidates
BUECHSEL, Reyna Isabel
CHAU, Kwok Leung
DENG, Queen Lijun
FONG, Brian Chi-hang
KINNARI, Annukka Karoliina
SUN DE LA CRUZ, Holvert P. T.
Research Student Seminars
Departmental Public Seminar
List of Graduated Research Student Theses
The minimum academic qualification for the research degree programs is a first-class honours degree (or the equivalent) or a CGPA over 85(out of 100).
Applicants whose first language is not English must have a TOEFL (at least 550 points in paper-based or 213 in computer-based total or 79 in internet-based), or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or band 6 in Chinese Mainland’s College English Test.
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 telephone).
The deadline for application is 10 December 2012. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications well ahead of the deadline to avoid last-minute rush.
PhD studies at CityU extend over three years for MPhil/MA degree holders or four years for non-MPhil/MA degree holders. Successful applicants are each granted a full studentship of roughly HK$168,000 a year (the equivalent of US$ 21,538). PhD students are eligible for other scholarships and research funds.
HK$3,508 per month (rate for the year 2010-11)
* 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 and Social Administration at City University, please contact:
Professor GONG, Ting
, Coordinator of Research Degree Studies
Tel:  3442-4667; Email: email@example.com
General Enquiry: Please email to
Mr. Nicholas Wu
Brief Information for Prospective Research Students