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.
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.
Prof Chandola, Tarani
General applications enquiry
Ms Ko, Connie H Y
Tel: 3917 2309
Fax: 2559 8044
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
Research seminars for postgraduate students (Sem 1)
Research seminars for postgraduate students (Sem 2)
Modern Theory and Sociological Analysis
Ethnographic research methods
Classical social theory
Quantitative research methods
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.