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Main Research Areas

  1. Chinese Government and Society in Imperial China
  2. Chinese Literature and Cultural History
  3. Neo-Confucian Philosophy and Learning
  4. Traditional Chinese Intellectual and Religious History
  5. Modern Chinese Intellectual & Political History

Entrance Requirements

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold a Bachelor’s degree in related disciplines with second class honours or above of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognised university.

To register for the degree of PhD, a student shall normally hold a postgraduate degree in related disciplines conferred by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognised university.

Requirements for those who do not have a degree from a recognized university at which the language of instruction is English are:

  • An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • For TOEFL, 550 or above in paper-based test; or 80 or above in internet-based test

All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.

Please refer to https://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/rpg/admission-requirements for the detailed general entrance and English language requirements. The version of website of Academic Registry of PolyU shall prevail.


Normal Period of Study


Full-time : 2 years
Part-time : 4 years



Full-time : 3 years
Part-time : 6 years


Tuition Fee

Government funded

Full-time : HK$ 42,100 per year
Part-time : HK$ 21,050 per year



Full-time : HK$ 84,200 per year
Part-time : HK$ 42,100 per year

(Whether applicants are admitted to government funded or self-financed programme will be determined by departmental committee)


Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship

Full-time self-financed students can apply for Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship which can cover most of their expenses. Those students in receipt of the Teaching Assistantship are required to assist faculty members in teaching activities during their studies.

(The terms of financial aid to self-financed students will be determined by departmental committee)


Application Deadline

31 December 2019



Applications must be made on-line via the Academic Registry’s Web Admission System at https://www38.polyu.edu.hk/eAdmission.

For other general information, please visit: https://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/rpg.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Outstanding candidates are strongly recommended to apply for our Department’s PhD degree through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. The Scheme invites applications in the September of each year. For details, please visit: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship. The application deadline is 2 December 2019.


General Enquiries

Ms Loris Lau, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: (852) 3400 8929