The MPhil-PhD Programme in Social Welfare (MPhil-PhD) is a research-oriented programme, with MPhil (Master of Philosophy) Stream and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Stream. Students shall submit a research thesis and pass the oral defence.
Full-time students will be awarded the Postgraduate Studentship: HK$17,330 for MPhil and PhD Pre-Candidacy students and HK$17,810 for PhD Post-Candidacy students in 2019-20.
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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
PhD applicants with outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities are welcome to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in 2009, aims at attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$25,800 and a conference travel allowance of HK$12,900 per year during their normative study period. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme awardees admitted in 2019-20 and thereafter will also receive "The CUHK Vice-Chancellor HKPFS Scholarship", which includes tuition fee waiver for their whole normative study period and an award of HK$20,000 (approx. US$2,564) for lodging in the first year of study. Meanwhile, CUHK guarantees on-campus accommodation during the normative study period to HKPFS awardees who submit timely applications. The on-campus hostel fee will be waived in the first year of study. The application deadline is 2 December 2019, at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong time).
Applicants applying for admission to full-time PhD programmes of the Chinese University of Hong Kong through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme are required to comply with the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants who are not selected for the Fellowship Scheme will be considered as normal application and if admitted, will be offered a regular postgraduate studentship stipulated by the University during their normative period of studies.
Qualification for Admission
- Academic Qualification
Applicants shall have:
- graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally with an honours not lower than Second Class; or
- graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor’s degree in any disciplines, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B".
Applicants with a Master's degree from a recognised university can apply for the PhD Stream.
- English Language Proficiency
Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for details:
- Section: “English Language Requirements for Admission”
Remarks: Applicants for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) are required to submit score reports of TOEFL /IELTS. GMAT result is not accepted.
Applicants are required to furnish proof of their research capability in the form of comments from academic referees, professional colleagues or past publications.
Applicants having at least two years of practice or teaching in the field of social service or social welfare are preferred.
After students are admitted to the Programme, they will be advised of the procedures of thesis supervisor assignment. In brief, the appointment of thesis supervisor is subject to the Division Head’s discretion, by taking into consideration the expertise of the teaching staff and the student’s preference. Applicants of the MPhil-PhD Programme therefore do not need to contact their intended thesis supervisor during the application process. You are yet welcome to visit our website for details on our faculty members’ specialties and research interest.
Study Mode and Study Length
- Normative Study Period
- MPhil Stream:
Full-time: 24 months
Part-time: 36 months
- PhD Stream:
Full-time (with research master’s degree): 36 months
Full-time (without research master’s degree): 48 months
Part-time (with research master’s degree): 48 months
Part-time (without research master’s degree): 64 months
- MPhil Stream:
- Details on “Period of Study”
Please refer to Clause 5 and Annex of “General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies”.
The tuition fee for 2020-21 is to be confirmed. For reference, the tuition fees for 2019-20 are as follows:
- Full-time (MPhil/ PhD Streams): HK42,100 per annum (non-local students); waived (local students)
- Part-time (MPhil Stream): HK42,100 per annum
- Part-time (PhD Stream): HK42,100 per annum
Scholarship and Financial Aid
- Postgraduate Studentship
Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) is a form of award and financial assistance provided to all full-time students of MPhil-PhD in Social Welfare who are within the normative study period. Applicants need not make a separate application for obtaining the PGS award.
Students awarded PGS will receive stipends in return for assisting in the teaching and research work of the Graduate Division. The monthly stipends in 2020-21 are not yet announced. For reference, the monthly stipends in 2019-20 are HK$17,330 for MPhil and PhD Pre-Candidacy students and HK$17,810 for PhD Post-Candidacy students. While in receipt of the PGS award, students must not undertake other engagement or employment, full-time or part-time, unless with permission of the University.
- Government Grant and Loan
Registered full-time students of MPhil-PhD in Social Welfare who satisfy conditions may apply for grants and loans under the "Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-Funded Programmes (TSFS)" administered by the Student Financial Office Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFO) of the Hong Kong Government. For details, please visit here.
- University Bursary and Loan
A number of bursaries and loans are available for full-time financially needy MPhil/ PhD students who are Hong Kong permanent residents. For details, please visit here.
- Scholarship and Award
The University also administers a number of scholarships and prizes, which are awarded on the basis of academic performance or other non-academic achievements. For details, please visit here.
Full-time MPhil/ PhD students may apply for residence at Postgraduate Halls (PGH).
For Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme awardees admitted in 2019-20 and thereafter, on-campus housing for the whole normative study period will be guaranteed, and the on-campus hostel fee will be also be waived in the first year of study.