General Information
The MPhil/PhD Programme in Psychology is designed to train scholars or researchers who are solidly grounded in theoretical perspectives, highly original, and specialized in their chosen areas, yet conversant in a broader interdisciplinary network of knowledge. The MPhil/PhD Programme aims to equip scholars or researchers with advanced knowledge and skills in a specialist field, enabling them to undertake roles requiring specialist expertise relating to the pursuit and applications of knowledge and to make a significant impact in their chosen areas of expertise. 
Unique features of the programme :
  • aboratory facilities for running cutting-edge research, such as dense-array electroencephalogram, biofeedback devices, transcranial stimulation devices, eye-trackers, play room, and observation room;
  • interdisciplinary approach, such as the interface study of psychoanalysis and neuroscience 
The MPhil/PhD programmes in Psychology provides:
  • scholarly training in the theoretical perspectives in Psychology;
  • training in advanced research techniques;
  • supervision in developing highly original research studies; and
  • learning opportunities in a broad interdisciplinary network of knowledges relating to Psychology. 
MPhil applicants should possess:
  • an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a relevant field. 
PhD applicants should possess:
  • an MPhil or a taught master’s degree; or
  • a Bachelor in Psychology from a recognized university normally with First Class honours. 
All applicants should have excellent command of spoken and written English. 
Applicants are recommended to contact and discuss their proposals with potential supervisors before submitting the application. 
Dr. CHAN Chui Yi
  • Psychometrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Behavior Addiction and Health Psychology
  • Child Development and Family Relationship
  • Mental Health of Adolescents and College Students
Dr. CHEUNG Wai Leung, Raysen 
  • Assessments of Counseling Interventions
  • Career Counseling and Development
  • Cross Cultural Counseling
  • Industrial-Organization Psychology 
Dr. CHOW Tak Sang, Jason
  • Self-control and Motivation
  • Technology and Well-being
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Personality and Interpersonal Relationship
Dr. CONNOLLY, J. Patrick
  • Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Schizophrenia and Psychosis
  • Systems theory, the Free energy principle (FEP) and predictive coding
  • Computational approaches to psychodynamic processes
  • Child development and Trauma
Dr. FU Wai
  • History of Psychology
  • Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Gambling Prevention
  • Qualitative Research (Critical Psychology)
Dr. LAI, Ching-han Lufanna
  • Psychology of religion
  • Quality of life, Subjective wellbeing, Cross-cultural differences in subjective wellbeing
Dr. LAM Yin-hung Bess
  • Neural and Psychosocial Mechanism of Social Cognition
  • Antisocial Behavior
  • Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders
Dr. LAU Hi Po, Bobo
  • Health Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psycho Oncology
  • End-of-life Care
Dr. LAU Kam Lun Edmond
  • Police Psychology
  • Criminal Behaviours
  • Positive Psychology
  • Community Mental Health
Dr. LEUNG,Mei-kei Miki
  • Compassion and Mindfulness
  • Consciousness
  • Mental Health and Resilience
  • Strength-Based Intervention
  • Self-Other Distinction and Connection
  • Disorders of Social Cognition including Autism, Depression and Schizophrenia
  • Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Dr. LI Wang On, Alex
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Emotion and Cognition
  • Vision Science 
Dr. LO Lap Yan
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
Prof. SUN Tien Lun, Catherine
  • Chinese Psychology
  • Chinese Psychotherapy
  • Early Intervention in SEN Children
  • Taoist and Buddhist Psychotherapy
Prof. TANG So Kum, Catherine
  • Behavior Addiction and Health Psychology
  • Life Adversity and Trauma Psychology
  • Women’s Health & Violence Against Women
  • Family Violence
  • Psychological Intervention Outcome
Prof. YU Kai Ching, Calvin 
  • Clinical Studies
  • Development of Psychological Assessment 
  • Electroencephalographic (EEG) Studies
  • Consciousness, Sleep and Dreaming
Dr. YUEN Wing Yan Winnie
  • Positive Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Recovery-focused Mental Health Services
  • Strength-based Intervention
Dr. ZHOU Dehui, Ruth
  • Metaphor Cognition and Application
  • Time Perception
  • Cognition of Children with Autism
  • Mental Health 

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

Click here 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

Tel: (852) 28067307

Contact Us

Head of Department:  Prof. YU, Kai-Ching Calvin

Programme Specific Enquiry:
Tel: (852) 2806 7307
Fax: (852) 2806 8044
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