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MPhil / PhD Sociology

Our MPhil / PhD programme provides you with expert guidance, resources and space in order to help you undertake carefully planned, extensive and original social research into a specific topic of your own choosing.

You will work under the supervision of a dedicated member of our faculty to complete your research. Our academic staff includes leading international scholars in the fields of sociology, anthropology, criminology, gender, migration, labour, media and cultural studies, among other fields.

Our MPhil / PhD programme is ideal if you are pursuing a career in academia, or if you wish to gain an expert understanding of a particular social issue for use within your own profession. Our research programmes are highly regarded, and our graduates are currently working in leading universities, government departments and private industry throughout the world.

While this is a highly individualised programme, requiring you to manage your own independent study and research, you will also regularly collaborate with other research students and staff throughout your degree.

You will also take a range of specialist courses offered by both ourselves, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the HKU Graduate School designed to assist the research process.

Funding and fees

A number of generous scholarships exist to support you in undertaking your MPhil / PhD degree with us, including:

Updated information on tuition fees for MPhil / PhD study is also available from the HKU Graduate School.

Programme admission requirements

You should meet the full requirements laid out by the HKU Graduate School.

  • For the PhD programme: You will normally hold a relevant Master’s degree.

  • For the MPhil programme: You will normally hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Before contacting our Admissions Advisor…

Should you encountered any technical issues during application, please send your inquiry to Graduate School for assistance.

Admissions advisor

Prof Chandola, Tarani

General applications enquiry

Ms Ko, Connie H Y
Tel: 3917 2309
Fax: 2559 8044  

Student experiences

The department is a great home for budding PhD students… the faculty represents the best of the East and the West.

— Temily, Alumna of MPhil / PhD Sociology

The PhD in Sociology gave me new eyes to see the world, and Hong Kong is an amazing 'laboratory' in which to practice!

— Martina, Alumna of MPhil / PhD Sociology

Compulsory courses


Research seminars for postgraduate students (Sem 1)

1st semester


Research seminars for postgraduate students (Sem 2)

2nd semester


Modern Theory and Sociological Analysis

2nd semester


Ethnographic research methods

1st semester


Classical social theory

2nd semester


Quantitative research methods

1st semester

Not all courses will necessarily be offered each year. Current students can find definitive course requirements from the HKU Graduate School.

Our MPhil / PhD programmes regularly attract many applications from high caliber candidates.

Applicants are strongly advised to apply during the main round of the application cycle, which typically runs from early September to early December each year.

Important dates
  • Applicants should apply through the HKU Graduate School.

  • Prospective applicants are advised to contact our academic staff to discuss their proposed research.

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