programmes

MPhil & PhD Studies

Introduction

The department offers supervision for M.Phil./Ph.D. candidates in the following sub-disciplines within the field: China and Hong Kong studies, comparative politics, international relations, political theory and public administration. The degrees may be taken on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees are research degrees and require the submission and oral defence of an original piece of work. Candidates are expected to demonstrate both that they have made a new contribution to their area of study and that they have a command of the relevant literature. M.Phil. candidates are required to complete a coursework curriculum as part of their research training. They will be required to take courses organised by the Graduate School and the Department. Applicants in the field of public administration and international relation should note that the department also offers a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree and a Master of International and Public Affairs (M.I.P.A.) degree. (For more information, please contact the departmental office.)

Requirements for admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees

Applicants should have a good honours degree from a recognized university and, depending on the nature of their research proposal, some background in the study of politics, public administration, political philosophy, or applied ethics. Applicants are required to obtain a score of 550 or above in the paper-based, 213 or above for computer-based,79-80 or above for internet-based TOEFL test , or equivalent evidence of the ability to read and write in English. Every applicant is expected to have in advance of admission a clear idea of the nature of the research he or she wishes to pursue and should try to identify the staff member best suited as supervisor. A research proposal must be enclosed in the application. The following items must be addressed in the research proposal:

  1. a statement of the aim and scope of research;
  2. an explanation of the research methods to be employed (e.g. theoretical approaches, methods of data collection, and methods of philosophical analysis, etc);
  3. a statement on the significance of the research study and its possible contribution to the field of study;
  4. reference/reading list.

All applications should be submitted to the Online Application system. If you have enquiries regarding how to use the Online Application System, please contact the Graduate School by email at gradsch@hku.hk or telephone: (852) 2857 3470.

The Faculty reserves the right not to admit applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. In some cases, it will not be possible to provide supervision in the specific area of the applicant's interest; in others, the member of staff with expertise in the area may already be fully committed.

Information for rpg admissions: http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/how-to-apply

FAQ regarding rpg admissions: http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/faq

Guidance for accepted applicants

The department will allocate a supervisor or, in some cases, joint supervisors for all accepted applicants. Candidates should ensure that they keep their supervisors informed of their progress and their written work. Supervisors are required to report regularly to the department and the Faculty on each candidate's progress in research and writing. A candidate must pass an oral defense of his or her revised research proposal before the candidature can be confirmed at the end of the probationary period. In the second year of study, every M.Phil./Ph.D. candidate is expected to present a seminar paper on his or her research work to the department.

Financial support

The university awards post-graduate studentships, on a competitive basis, to full-time post-graduate students. The award is HK$16,330 per month for 2017-18 and requires some teaching assistance at the undergraduate level or research assistance for the department.

Students

The department currently has 6 M.Phil. students and 30 Ph.D. students. The department has an international post-graduate student body. Our current and past non-local students come from Canada, mainland China, France, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Greece, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Myanmar, Morocco, Columbia, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia.

Staff members and their areas of expertise

Name Qualifications Academic Interests
Professor Joseph C.W. CHAN
陳祖為
[Professor]
Tel: 3917 8361
e-mail : jcwchan@hku.hk
B.Soc.Sc., CUHK;
M.Sc., London;
D.Phil., Oxford
Contemporary western political philosophy,
Aristotle,
Confucianism,
human rights,
applied ethics
Dr. CHAN Kwan Nok
陳君諾
[Assistant Professor]
Tel: 3917 7862
e-mail : kwachan@hku.hk
BA., MPhil., HKU;
PhD., Indiana
Institutional analysis,
comparative public policy,
competitive authoritarianism,
politics and social media,
environmental governance regime,
environmental monitoring
Dr. Peter T.Y. CHEUNG
張贊賢
[Associate Professor]
Tel: 3917 8362
e-mail : tsyicheu@hku.hk
B.Soc.Sc., CUHK;
M.A., Indiana;
Ph.D., Washington
Public policy; civic engagement;
intergovernmental relations;
the policy process in Hong Kong and Mainland China; relations between Hong Kong and
Mainland China;
cross-boundary cooperation between Hong Kong and south China
Dr. Wilfred CHOW
趙為民
[Assistant Professor]
Tel: 3917 4881
e-mail : wilfred.chow@hku.hk
B.A., UC Berkeley,
Ph.D., UC Davis
International trade and dictatorships,
authoritarian politics and interstate conflict,
coup risk and food security,
democratization and international institutions, and alliance politics.
Dr. Courtney FUNG
馮康雲
[Assistant Professor]
Tel: 3917 5223
e-mail: cjfung@hku.hk
BSc, London
MA, GWU
PhD, Tufts
Chinese foreign policy,
non-traditional security issues,
intervention,
peacekeeping, United Nations
Professor Richard W.X. HU
胡偉星
[Professor]
Tel: 3917 2398
e-mail : rwxhu@hku.hk
B.A., Beijing;
M.A., Johns Hopkins;
Ph.D., Maryland
International relations,
international political economy,
East Asia, and Chinese foreign policy
Dr. Jung Eun KIM
金廷恩
[Assistant Professor]
Tel: 3917 4982
e-mail : jkim@hku.hk
B.Sc., Ewha Womans;
MES, York;
Ph.D., Syracuse
Policy analysis,
Climate change and energy policy,
International technology transfer and diffusion,
International development
Professor W.F. LAM
林維峯
[Professor]
Tel: 3917 2391
e-mail : dwflam@hku.hk
B.Soc.Sc., CUHK;
Ph.D., Indiana
Public policy analysis,
institutional analysis,
public management,
common-pool resources management,
self-governance
Professor Eliza W. Y. LEE
李詠怡
[Professor]
Tel: 3917 2394
e-mail : ewylee@hku.hk
B.Soc.Sc., CUHK;
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Participatory governance,
Civil society organizations,
Social policy development,
public management and gender,
with particular focus on Hong Kong and its comparison with selected Asian states
Dr. Helen K. H. LIU
劉康慧
[Assistant Professor]
Tel: 3917 1120
e-mail : hkliu9@hku.hk
B.A., Ohio State U;
M.A., U Texas-Austin;
Ph.D.,Indiana
Interorganizational networks and nonprofit management
Dr. Kai QUEK
郭全鎧
[Assistant Professor]
Tel : 3917 7118
e-mail :quek@hku.hk
B.A., Cornell U;
Ph.D., MIT
Experimental political science,
global-level strategic interactions,
international security,
East Asia, causes and prevention of war
Dr. Uwe STEINHOFF
石樂凡
[Associate Professor]
Tel : 3917 1927
e-mail : ustnhoff@hku.hk
M.A., Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe U;
Ph.D., Wurzburg
Contemporary western political philosophy and applied ethics, in particular: the ethics of violence (self-defense, war, terrorism, torture, assassination, punishment, etc.), global justice, political obligation, collective responsibility, egalitarianism vs. anti-egalitarianism
Dr. Terry VAN GEVELT
[Assistant Professor]
Tel : 3917 2585
e-mail : tvgevelt@hku.hk

BSc(Hons) Warwick;
MPhil, Ph.D., Cambridge

Energy policy, environmental policy, climate change adaptation, sustainable development.
Dr. WANG Xiaoqi
王曉琦
[Assistant Professor]
Tel : 3917 4371
e-mail : xqbwang@hku.hk
LLB , LLM, Peking;
Ph.D., HKU
Chinese politics,
public governance and management,
institutional analysis,
coordination and collaboration,
comparative public policy,
and state-society relations
Dr. Mathew WONG
黃以恆
[Assistant Professor]
Tel : 3917 2390
e-mail : yhmwong@hku.hk

B.Sc., HKUST;
M.Soc.Sc., CUHK;
M.Sc., LSE;
Ph.D., Essex

Comparative politics, income inequality, democracy, governance, Hong Kong politics.
Dr. YAN Xiaojun
閻小駿
[Associate Professor]
Tel : 3917 4880
e-mail : xyan@hku.hk
LLB, LLM, Peking;
Ph.D., Harvard
Chinese politics, comparative political development, political regime, government reform, institutional innovation, authoritarianism, democratization, contentious politics and comparative historical study of reform and revolution.
Dr. Henry YEE
余偉鏗
[Assistant Professor]
Tel : 3917 2399
e-mail : whyppa@hku.hk
B.Soc.Sc., HKU;
MPhil., HKU.,
Ph.D., Southern California
Public administration and management, institution theory, organization theory, regulatory governance, policy reform.
Dr. ZHU Jiangnan
朱江南
[Associate Professor]
Tel : 3917 2278
e-mail : zhujn@hku.hk

B.A., Peking;
M.S., Ph.D., Northwestern

Chinese Politics, Corruption and Government Integrity, Methodology.

Enquiry

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor

Dr. Uwe STEINHOFF
M.A., Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe U; Ph.D.,Wurzburg
Tel: (852) 3917 1927
Fax: (852) 2858 3550
Email : ustnhoff@hku.hk

General Enquiry

Please send to pparpg@hku.hk