Programme Information

The PhD in Laws is the most advanced degree awarded by the Faculty of Law. The PhD Programme is a research programme generally open only to those students committed to a career in legal research and teaching and able to write a thesis of publishable quality making an original contribution to knowledge.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must:

  • possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree or a Master of Laws (LLM) degree awarded by a recognized university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; or
  • possess an equivalent degree (including non-law related) awarded by a recognized tertiary educational institution.

Applicants must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement by:

  • possessing a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country, or taught primarily in the English Language; or
  • achieving a result of Band 7.0 or better in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) . IELTS test results must be obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying for admission to the PhD Programme; or
  • achieving at least a score of 587 (Paper Based Test) or 95 (Internet Based Test) in the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) . TOEFL test results must be obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying for admission to the PhD Programme; or
  • providing alternative evidence of English Proficiency equivalent to one of the preceding measures.

All applicants are required to submit as part of their application a PhD research plan not exceeding 5,000 words. The research plan should address the following: title of the research, research objectives, major problems to be explored, outline of subject-matter content of the proposal, literature review, research methodologies, and expected contribution of the resulting thesis to knowledge in the field of law. The proposal should include relevant bibliographical references. Applicants should also submit a personal statement not exceeding 1,500 words and a brief curriculum vitae.

Details of the programme and admission requirements can be found at

HKPFS Application Deadline
(for PhD programmes only)

  1. To submit an initial application to RGC: By 12 noon, 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong time); and
  2. To submit full application to CUHK: By 5 pm, 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong time).

Please refer to HKPFS page for more details.


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