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Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Research Degrees

Master of Philosophy programme (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy programme (PhD) consist of coursework and research studies leading to the submission of a thesis. Both degrees are offered in full-time and part-time mode.

Staff members in the Department are actively engaged in a number of research areas and candidates interested in the following broad areas are particularly encouraged to inquire further about the programme.

Areas and Topics

1. Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Chinese Classical Studies (jingxue)
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Chinese Philology
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

2. Comparative Literature, Cross-cultural Studies and Heritage Management

  • Asian Literatures in English
  • Chinese-Western Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Studies of Literature and Culture
  • Heritage Management
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies

3. Linguistics and Language Technology

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Contrastive Linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis and its Application
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • First/Second Language Acquisition
  • Functional Linguistics
  • Japanese and Korean Linguistics
  • Lexicography
  • Linguistics and Communication
  • Linguistics and Cultural Studies
  • Linguistics and Literature
  • Morphology
  • Philosophy of Linguistics
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Pragmatics
  • Prosody
  • Semantics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Terminology
  • Text Linguistics
  • Tibeto-Burman Linguistics

4. Translation, Language and Society

  • Computer-aided Translation
  • Language and Law
  • Machine Translation
  • Translation and Literature
  • Translation Studies


Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

- hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

- hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- be a current MPhil student in the University who is seeking transfer to PhD candidature; or
- hold a taught Master's degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- hold a Bachelor's degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the University. For further information and research degree regulations please visit the website of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies: http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk.


For details on major fees (including tuition fee and others) please refer to the appropriation section in the Admission Handbook published by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

For tuition fee enquires please dial (852) 3442 8705.

Enquiry: ctlenq@cityu.edu.hk

Page last updated: 12 July 2013