The School of English at the University of Hong Kong offers full- and part-time research postgraduate programmes for the degrees of MPhil and PhD.
Successful full-time applicants will normally receive a postgraduate scholarship (PGS) of HK$18,030 (US$2,310) per month for 2020-21. Applicants for the PhD programme, however, are encouraged to apply through the Online Application System of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) Scheme to compete for a monthly scholarship of HK$26,600 (US$3,410) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (US$1,700) per year. Please see http://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/index.html for more information.
The School of English at HKU has an international academic staff and postgraduate student body, working in these areas:
- Literatures in English
- Cross-cultural Studies in English
- English Language and Linguistics
- Language and Communication
For PhDs, we would particularly encourage applications in the following areas:
- Modern and Postcolonial Literary Studies
- Cross-cultural Writing
- Law, Language and Literature
- Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics
- English Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics
The next round of admissions is for the academic year 2021/22, with entry in September 2021. The deadline for submission of applications in the Main Round is 1 December 2020.General information
In addition to the coursework programmes MA in English Studies (MAES) and the MFA in Creative Writing in English, the School of English also accepts postgraduate students for research studies leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD.
The MPhil and PhD are research degrees. Their chief component is the production of a scholarly thesis of original work in some area of English studies. Of the two, the PhD is the senior degree, requiring a more substantial thesis of publishable quality.
If you are thinking of applying to join our MPhil or PhD programme, you should begin by studying the information given here online. We also give important advice below (under Frequently Asked Questions) about the application process, the qualifications needed, and the research proposal you must submit. In planning your research proposal, you should bear in mind the research strengths and interests of potential supervisors, shown below. You can also find out about our teaching staff and undergraduate teaching programmes.
All students in these programmes have to attend and pass certain courses offered by the Graduate School. They must also take a number of courses in the School, as well as writing their thesis.
Research students are assigned a supervisor, or sometimes two, to act as their advisor, help them plan their research project, meet for regular discussion of their work, and oversee and comment on their writing. MPhil students taking courses in the School will have regular contact with the teachers of those courses, and often postgraduates find other teachers (and students) in the School with whom they can discuss aspects of their work. Staff from the Graduate School offer instruction in research methods, thesis writing and other matters.
There is a regular School research seminar, at which staff and research students get together to share and discuss their work, and sometimes to hear distinguished visiting scholars. The School also has a Research Postgraduate Advisor who can offer further help and support. However, research degree students have to take responsibility for their own work. In the end, their success in the programme depends on their own resources of hard work, discipline and intellectual creativity.
The period of full-time study for MPhil students is 24 months, and for PhD students it is normally 48 months. In exceptional cases the School will accept students who wish to do research studies on a part-time basis.
The department currently has some 35 research students. Many of them are from Hong Kong, but we also have international research students. In recent years they have come from Belgium, Canada, Iran, Japan, Macau, Mainland China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.