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

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

Admission Information

In addition to the general qualifications required by the Graduate School, applicants should (1) hold a Bachelor's degree majoring in Religion or Theology, holders of degrees in related fields will be considered on an individual basis; (2) submit a research proposal with well-informed bibliography; (3) secure confidential recommendations from two academic referees; (4) fulfil the "English Language Proficiency Requirement"; (5) candidates applying for Ph.D. (pre-candidacy) stream should submit an academic paper in either English or Chinese. (Please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus 2017-18 or Graduate School Homepage (http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/page/PostgraduateProspectusResearchProgrammes201617)

 

Programme

M.Phil. Stream

Course Work


Students are required to complete 1 required course, 2 seminar courses and 2 elective courses for graduation. In addition, they must enroll in "Thesis Research Course" each term throughout their study.

 

First Year Unit
1 Core Course (Method and History of Religious Studies)
and 2 Elective Courses (3 units each)
9
1 Graduate Seminar (3 units) 3
2 Thesis Research Courses (6 units each) 12
Second Year
1 Graduate Seminar (3 units) 3
2 Thesis Research Courses (6 units each) 12
Graduation Thesis  
Total 39

Graduation Requirements

  • Submission of a written graduation thesis
  • Passing an oral examination

Ph.D. Stream

Pre-candidacy

Course Work
Students are required to complete a minimum of 1 required course, 2 seminar courses and 2 elective coursesfor graduation. In addition, they must enroll in "Thesis Research Course" each term throughout their study.

 

First Year Units
1 Core Course (Method and History of Religious Studies)
and 2 elective Courses (3 units each)
9
1 Graduate Seminar (3 units) 3
2 Thesis Research Courses (6 units each) 12
Second Year
1 Graduate Seminar (3 units) 3
2 Thesis Research Courses (6 units each) 12
Candidacy Examination (3 papers)  
Thesis Proposal and Oral Defense  
Total 39

Third Language Requirement

 

Reading knowledge of at least one language other than English and Chinese is required. The required language may vary according to the field of specialization of the student and is to be advised by individual supervisors.

 

Candidacy Examination

 

Candidacy examination will take place in year 2. The passing of this examination is mandatory for continuation in the Ph.D. (Post-candidacy). Three written examinations are required to be taken in the second year and should be examined in at least 2 areas of study or as prescribed by individual supervisors.

 

Post-candidacy

 

Ph.D. (Post-candidacy) students continue to enroll in "Thesis Research Course" (12 units each) each term throughout their thesis preparation. Though lecture course is not a compulsory component for Ph.D. (post-candidacy) students, they may be requested to take additional courses if the Division finds it necessary.

 

Graduation Requirements

 
  • Submission of an original thesis of substantial contribution to existing knowledge
  •  Passing an oral examination

 

Fields of Specialization

 
  • Chinese Religions
  • Taoist Studies
  • Biblical Studies
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Christian Studies/Christianity in China
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Education and Society

Admission Method

First, please do an internet submission of application form via website: https://www.gradsch.cuhk.edu.hk/onlineapp/faculty_list.aspx

After submitting an online application, applicants must send the following documents to the General Office (pleae 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
  4.  A sample of writings (MPhil: undergraduate term paper/research paper; PhD: Master's thesis/ representative research paper)
  5. Copies of degree certificates
  6. Original English proficiency proof (to be sent directly by the examination bodies)
  7. Application fee receipt (if not paid by visa)
  8. Copies of identity card or passport

* 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)

Tuition Fee (Provisional): HK$42,100 per annum (Full-time)


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

    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.

(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:

    •  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 (not lower than 550 paper based, 213 computer based, and 79 internet based);
    2. GMAT (Verbal) (Band 21);
    3. IELTS (Academic) (not lower than Band 6.5); 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