The programme is research-oriented. A student may be asked to take additional courses or tutorials, and will be required to present an annual written progress report to his/her supervisor. After passing the Qualifying Examination and submitting a Research Proposal for a project requiring nine to twelve months of fieldwork, the student advances to PhD Candidature. On return from the fieldwork, the student will prepare a thesis based on the fieldwork research.
Fields of Specialization
The Division focuses geographically on Chinese culture and society (especially South China) and on East and Southeast Asian Studies. Research topics include globalization, gender, heritage, archaeology, tourism, migration, cultures of expertise, cultural psychology, and cultural diversity.
Please visit the Division’s homepage for more information.
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should possess a master’s degree in anthropology from CUHK or other recognized universities. Applicants with a background in fields other than anthropology may be considered for conditional admission.
Applicants are required to furnish proof of their research capability by submitting samples of writings or publications such as thesis or project reports, and a statement of purpose (2-3 pages) describing why the applicant wants to study anthropology at CUHK and what research project the applicant proposes to carry out. If relevant for research, some evidence of Chinese proficiency is also required for non-native speakers.
HKPFS Application Deadline
(for PhD programmes only)
- To submit an initial application to RGC: By 12 noon, 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong time); and
- To submit full application to CUHK: By 5 pm, 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong time).
Please refer to HKPFS page for more details.