About the Programme

The MPhil/PhD Programmes are university-wide research postgraduate programmes that follow a mixed-mode which combines coursework and a research thesis. All students will be required to enrol in a number of core courses (credit-bearing) and attend graduate seminars (non-credit bearing) as well as courses offered by individual departments.

The University expects MPhil/PhD students to be motivated primarily by a desire to push back the frontiers of knowledge in their discipline. It is the University’s objective to cultivate MPhil/PhD graduates who demonstrate a strong level of intellectual curiosity, boldness in critical thinking, a deep commitment to their discipline, particularly in the context of the discipline’s development in Hong Kong and China, and an ambition to excel in their field.

A unique feature of these programmes is the interdisciplinary approach. All students will be required to enrol in a course focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the creation of new knowledge. Students will explore possible intersections between different disciplines. While it is not compulsory that their thesis must be interdisciplinary in nature, all PhD students have to write and deliver a paper that adopts an interdisciplinary approach in one of the two required colloquia. The rationale for introducing the interdisciplinary approach is to attune the programme to the network culture of the 21st century; and to produce graduates who are not only highly knowledgeable in their area of expertise but also capable of making connections with other related fields. 

PhD Programmes 
the applicant shall have:
  • obtained an MPhil or a taught master’s degree; or
  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree, normally with First Class honours; or
  • enrolled in an MPhil programme in the University and requested transfer to PhD programme. 
MPhil Programmes 
the applicant shall have:
  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree, normally with honours no lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than “B”.  
English Proficiency Requirement for All Applicants:
  • IELTS (academic) results not lower than 6.5.
  • Exemptions from this requirement may be granted to university graduates with a Bachelor degree in English from local university, or with a Bachelor degree in relevant fields from an English-speaking country.
Applicants with a taught master’s degree shall also have graduated from a recognized university with excellent grades and good recommendations from the university. It is also highly preferable that their taught master’s degrees should be related to their chosen field of study in the proposed programme. Applicants must satisfy other programme-specific entrance requirements, if any, stipulated by individual departments.

The two sessions of MPhil/PhD information seminar on 22 Jan & 29 Jan have concluded successfully!

Seminars review is now available on YouTube:
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Faculty of Commerce and Social Science (Economics, Psychology & Sociology)
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Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Chinese, English & History)

Online Application

Click here to access the online application.

1. Please prepare the following supporting documents for upload in order to complete your application form:
     - A recent, color, passport-size photo (i.e., approximately 40mm (Width) x 50 mm (Height) and show full frontal face with clear facial features.)
     - A copy of your HKID Card or other identification document
     - Copies of certificates of academic/professional qualifications
     - A research proposal
     - A sample of writings (except MPhil / PhD in Psychology)
2. Applicants are required to pay an application fee of HK$200 by Credit Card (Visa or Master card) via the online payment system (a link will be sent to your email once the application form is submitted).
3. Official transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate studies should be directly sent to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing universities.
4. Confidential recommendations from each of your two academic referees should be sealed by the referees and posted directly to the University within 2 weeks from the date of submission of your application.
5. An official score report of IELTS on English proficiency should be directly sent by examination bodies.
6. Applicants from the Mainland have to register for online authentication from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) to verify their bachelor degree.
7. Incomplete application will NOT be considered.
8. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview by email one month after the closing of application.
9. If your application is unsuccessful, the form and all the supporting documents will be destroyed 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Paper Application

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 to download the application form.

Your completed application should include following documents below:
i. a non-refundable application fee of HK$200 by crossed cheque (for local applicants) or a bank draft of $200 in Hong Kong dollars issued by a bank (for non-local applicants) made payable to “Hong Kong Shue Yan University” /「香港樹仁大學」with your name, identification document no. and contact phone no., written on the back* ;
ii. a completed application form with an affixed photo;
iii. a copy of your HKID card or your identification documents;
iv. copies of certificates of academic/professional qualifications† ;
v. official transcripts of all tertiary level studies directly sent by universities (Copies of transcripts issued by HKSYU are accepted);
vi. an official score report of IELTS on English proficiency directly sent by examination bodies;
vii. a statement of purpose;
viii. a research proposal;
ix. a sample of writing (except MPhil/PhD in Psychology).

Please submit the application and all supporting documents with the programme acronym indicated on the envelope by mail or in person to:

Graduate School,
Hong Kong Shue Yan University,
Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill,
North Point, Hong Kong

*Acknowledgement of receipt will be issued by post two weeks after your application is received. Returned cheque will be regarded as an incomplete application.
†Applicants from the Mainland have to register for online authentication from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) to verify their bachelor degree.

For enquiries

Email: gs@hksyu.edu
Tel: (852) 28067307