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Research Postgraduate Programme

Programme Information

Applicants for admission to an MPhil programme should hold a good Bachelor’s degree with honours or equivalent.     

MPhil programmes are available in full-time and part-time modes and the periods of study are listed below:

Degree

Normative Study Period

Probationary Period

MPhil

Full-time

 

24 months

 

12 months

Part-time

36 months

 

18 months

 

 

Candidates for MPhil degree will be required to follow an approved course of study and research, including coursework on discipline-specific knowledge, language and research skills. The coursework component is well designed to equip students for their research work and thesis writing. Please click here for details of the coursework requirements.


A successful MPhil thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which displays some originality and demonstrates a sound understanding of the field of study and the appropriate research methods.

Please refer to the Handbook for MPhil & PhD Programmes for details of the regulations for MPhil degree.

 

The University offers 3-year and 4-year PhD programmes. Applicants who have a good Bachelor’s degree with honours and/or a taught Master’s degree will be considered for admission to a 4-year PhD programme, whereas those who already hold a research Master’s degree (e.g. MPhil) will only be considered for admission to a 3-year PhD programme.

PhD programmes are offered in full-time and part-time modes and the periods of study are as follows:

Degree Normative Study Period  Probationary Period 
  3-year PhD   Full-time   36 months12 months
 Part-time 54 months18 months

  4-year PhD  

 Full-time  48 months18 months
 Part-time  72 months24 months
 

 

Candidates for 4-year PhD programme will be required to follow an approved course of study and research, including coursework on discipline-specific knowledge, language and research skills. The coursework component is well designed to equip students for their research work and thesis writing. Candidates for 3-year PhD programme may also be required to take courses and satisfy coursework requirements. Please click here for details of the coursework requirements. 


A successful PhD thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which should be an original contribution to knowledge and worthy of publication. 

Please refer to the Handbook for MPhil & PhD Programmes for details of the regulations for PhD degree.

 

Programme Features

Students admitted to this programme will:

  • be registered as full-time PhD students at both instutitions and will have the same acces to facilities at both institutions;

  • be co-supervised by at least one faculty member from each Faculty/Unit of both institutions, and be examined in accordance with the Lead Institution's practices; and

  • be required to spend 50% of the study period at the Lead Instutition.

 

Admissions

Interested applicants should first contact the Faculty concerned on available supervisors and subject areas.

Students are required to meet the entry requirements of both institutions:

 

Applicants can apply through the Lead Institution, and they are required to submit one application only. 

 

Fees, Scholarships and Other Expenses

Each student will pay tuition fees to the Lead Institution even while undertaking courses at the Host Institution. The student will be exempted from paying tuition fees to the Host Institution. In accordance with its policies, where Northeastern University is the Lead Institution, incidental and ancillary fees and health insurance will be charged by Northeastern University for residency session(s). Where HKU is the Lead Institution, incidental and ancillary fees, where applicable, will be charged by HKU for the residency session(s).

 

Each student will have secured an approved funding plan/research postgraduate scholarship/studentship/fellowship from the Lead Institution prior to consideration of his/her application for enrollment by both institutions. This funding plan may include assistantship or fellowship support from either institution. A student who has been awarded a research postgraduate scholarship/studentship/fellowship from the Lead Institution will be bound by the terms and conditions of the research postgraduate scholarship/studentship/fellowship of the Lead Institution.

 

The airfare and travelling expenses incurred by a student travelling to the Host Institution, accomodation and all living expenses, including medical/health insurance will be borne by the student, with possible support from either Home ot Host Institutions, if available and merited. 

 

Award of Degree

Each student will be awarded a single doctoral degree from the Lead Institution with both the parchment (degree certificate) and transcript. The transcript will have a note on it stating that “the degree is awarded as a single degree under the “Cotutelle PhD Program” arrangement with [Northeastern University or The University of Hong Kong]” (depending which party is the Host Institution).  If the student meets the graduation requirements of both the Lead Institution and the Host Institution, the student will be regarded as a graduate of both institutions and will be entitled to become a member of the alumni associations of both institutions.

 

Programme Features

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Sapienza Universita di Roma (SUdR) and McMaster University (MU) have formed a consortium in offering this Joint Educational Placement for PhD programme. The programme will be managed by a Board of sixteen academic staff, which consists of eight members appointed by Sapienza Universita di Roma (SUdR) and four members appointed by the other institutions. 

Students admitted to this programme will:

  • be enrolled to two institutions, one as the Home Institution and the other as the Host Institution;

  • be rgistered as full-time PhD students at the Home Instutition but shall enjoy access to facilities at both institutions;

  • be required to meet the minimum admission requirements of the two chosen institutions;

  • be registered as full-time PhD students at both instutitions and will have the same acces to facilities at both institutions;

  • be co-supervised by superviusors at both institutions;

  • be required to spend at least six months at the Host Instutition; and

  • submit a single thesis to the Home Institution, the thesis will then be examined by at least three members from the Board in accordance with existing rules and guidelines at the Home Institution. 

 

Admissions

Interested applicants should first contact the Faculty concerned on available supervisors and subject areas.

Students are required to meet the entry requirements of the two choose insitutions:

Applicants can apply through the Home Institution, and they are required to submit one application only. .

 

Fees, Scholarships and Other Expenses

Each student will pay tuition fees and relevant fees to the Home Institution even while undertaking courses at the Host Institution. The student will be exempted from paying tuition fees to the Host Institution.

 

Each student will have secured a studentship from one of the Consortium institutions. A student who has been awarded a studentship from an institution will be bound by the terms and conditions of studentship of the awarding institution. 

 

The airfare and travelling expenses incurred by a student travelling to the Host Institution, accomodation and all living expenses, including medical/health insurance will be borne by the student, with possible support from either Home ot Host Institutions, if available and merited. 

 

Award of Degree

Each student will be awarded a single doctoral degree from the Home Institution with both the parchment (degree certificate) and transcript. The transcript will have a note on it stating that “the degree is awarded as a single degree under the “Sapienza Universita di Roma, McMaster University and The Univeristy of Hong Kong joiny PhD consortium". The student will be regarded as a graduate of the Home Institution only, but the Host Institution may at their discretion admit the student to the alumni associations.

The basic qualification necessary for admission to research postgraduate studies is a good honours degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution. 

Applicants who wish to be admitted to higher degrees on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institutions outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to meet the requirement set by the Graduate School.

Please refer to the Graduate Schoolfor more details. 

Please refer to the following website for the application procedures. 

You may also contact the following Postgraduate Admission Advisors if you have questions on admission:

1. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF)

The HKPF is a prestigious award established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. Awardees will be provided an annual stipend of HK$309,600 (~US$39,700) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (~US$1,650) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years.

 

All HKPF holders will be awarded the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship. Each HKPF holder will be provided the following by HKU on top of what they will receive from the RGC:

 

•  Cash Award to support research and living expenses: HK$40,000 in Year 1; HK$20,000 per year in the remaining normative study period

•  Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period (i.e. HK$42,100 per year)

•  a guaranteed hall place in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2

 

2. Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)

PGS will be awarded to full-time MPhil and PhD students (those not awarded under the HKPF scheme) who hold a first degree with second-class honours first division or above are normally considered eligible to receive a Postgraduate Scholarship during the normative study period. The basic level of scholarship is HK$17,330 (~US$2,200) per month.

 

3. University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)

UPF is at a total value of HK$70,000 (~US$8,900) on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships for full-time PhD candidates with an excellent academic record.

 

Please see the poster and visit the Graducate School website for details.

 

For the overview of HKU Scholarships, please click here.

To explore more at the HKU Graduate School.