MPhil / PhD Sociology
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, and 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. Full information on these scholarships, and how to apply, is available from the HKU Graduate School.
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.
Prof Pun Ngai
General applications enquiry
Ms Ko, Connie H Y
Tel: 3917 2309
Fax: 2559 8044
The PhD programme provided me with inspiring intellectual guidance and plentiful opportunities to further my understanding of social reality.— Marius Wamsiedel, 1st year MPhil / PhD Sociology
Studying for a PhD has given me a strong theoretical and methodological foundation, and provided a new way of seeing and thinking about the world.— Alexandra Ridgway, 1st year MPhil / PhD Sociology
SOCI6003 (1st semester)
Research seminars for postgraduate students (A)
SOCI6008 (2nd semester)
Modern theory and sociological analysis
SOCI6011 (1st semester)
Ethnographic research methods
SOCI6012 (2nd semester)
Classical social theory
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.