This is a research-type programme leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD in Government and Public Administration. Students admitted to the MPhil stream and the PhD stream will take the same courses, but with higher requirements for PhD students. MPhil students with outstanding results may apply for transferral to the PhD stream, whereas PhD students performing unsatisfactorily will be transferred to the MPhil stream. The programme thus provides flexibility for conversion between the two stream. The department will give priority to PhD applications. Applicants without a master’s degree can apply for the PhD stream directly.
Fields of Specialization
Greater China, Comparative Politics, Public Administration, International Relations, Political Theory
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School,
all applicants for the MPhil and PhD Streams are required to submit a two- or three-page statement of purpose to elaborate on their research interests and identify potential supervisors.
applicants for the PhD Stream are also required to submit a writing sample such as a master thesis or a research paper, and a research proposal (3-5 pages).
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.