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M.Phil. - Ph.D. in Cultural Studies
Admission Information

M.Phil. - Ph.D. in Cultural Studies - Admission Information

Admission Information

Candidates for admission to the programmes should meet all qualification criteria of the University Graduate School (Please refer to the latest Postgraduate Prospectus). All applicants should submit a research proposal (Guidelines to the Preparation of Research Proposal). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the admission process. Academic qualifications, research ability, work experience, references and language abilities will be taken into consideration.

 Qualification for Admission

I. The minimum requirements for admission shall be as follows:

(A) For the Doctor of Philosophy, the applicant shall:

  1. have a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  2. have a Bachelor's degree, normally with Second Class Honors in the upper division or above, and have been registered in a course of study for a Master's degree at this University for at least one year and have demonstrated research ability; or
  3. have been registered in a course of study for a doctoral degree at a recognized university for at least one year, and have been approved for admission by the Graduate Council; or
  4. have obtained the degrees of MB ChB, or equivalent, or under special circumstances, the degree of Bachelor, for admission to programmes of the Faculty of Medicine.

(B) For a Master's programme, the applicant shall have:

  1. graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honors not lower than Second Class; or
  2. graduated from an honors programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than 'B' in undergraduate courses; or
  3. completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honors degree.


II. English Language Proficiency Requirement:

  1. Possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
    1. Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (AS Level) 
      Hong Kong Higher Level Examination
      CUHK Matriculation Examination
      General Certificate of Education A-Level / AS-Level ; or
  2. Achieve Level 4 or above in the English Language subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination; or
  3. Have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or
  4. Submit one of the following scores for assessment by the programme(s) concerned:
    1. TOEFL (normally not lower than 550 Paper-based; 213 computer-based; and 79 internet-based);
    2. IELTS (Academic) (normally not lower than Band 6.5);
    3. GMAT (Verbal) (Band 21); or
      (TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for 2 years from the test date.)
  5. Obtained a recognized professional qualification awarded in Hong Kong or an English speaking country

Admission Method

Internet submission of admission materials via website:

Application Materials

After submitting an online application, applicants must send the following documents to the General Office (please see the bottom of this webpage for the address) before the application deadline. Please write the application number, the name of programme applied and name of applicant on the envelope.

  1. Confidential Recommendations from Two referees respectively* (if not via online submission)
  2. Official Transcripts from the University attended by applicants*
  3. Research proposal (guidelines:
  4. A sample of writings (MPhil: undergraduate term paper/research paper; PhD: Master's thesis/ representative research paper)
  5. Copies of identity card or passport
  6. Original of English proficiency proof (to be sent directly by the examination bodies)
  7. Application fee receipt (if not paid by visa)
  8. Copies of degree certificates

* Official Transcripts and Confidential Recommendation must reach the respective divisions directly from the University and referees, or in sealed envelopes and sent by the applicant with other support documents to the Graduate Division.

Application Deadline

1 Dec 2016 (For applicants who apply for Ph.D. programmes through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme)
31 Jan 2017 (For applicants who apply for M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes directly with CUHK)

Study Period

For M.Phil. programmes, the normative period of study is 24 months for full-time students and 36 months for part-time students. The academic year consists of two terms, starting from September and ending in August of the following year. For PhD programmes, please see the list below. A continuation fee will be charged on those students exceeding the normative period of study.

The study period for Ph.D. porgrammes:

  Study Mode Normative Period Maximum Period
Admitted with a research master's degree* Full-time 36 months 84 months
  Part-time 48 months 96 months
Admitted without a research master's degree* Full-time 48 months 84 months
  Part-time 64 months 96 months
Fees (2015-2016)  
Full-time doctoral and master's research programmes (per annum) HK$42,100
Part-time doctoral programmes (per annum) HK$63,000
Part-time M.Phil. programmes (per annum) HK$56,280

Financial Assistance (Awards of Postgraduate Studentship)

  1. Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) is a form of financial assistance provided to full-time postgraduate students registered in research degree programmes. Holders of such studentship are not employees of the University.
  2. The studentship is available in most Graduate Divisions. Normally, the award of a PGS will be made known to students at the same time as they receive their admission offers. Students need not make a separate application for obtaining the award. The provisional monthly stipend for Postgraduate Studentship is $15,600 for 2016-17.
  3. Students receiving PGS awards are expected to assist in the teaching and research work of the department to which they belong. Their duties will be assigned by the Department Chairperson.

For more details concerning admission requirements and application procedures, please visit the Graduate School website.

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