MPhil-PhD Programme Details

Programmes Overview

CUHK Business School’s rigorous research-based graduate programmes, including Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes, offer students an excellent opportunity to work with a quality international faculty and share research ideas with a world-class, diverse academic peer group, in an environment that encourages intellectual stimulation and research innovation.

The research interests of our faculty members cover a wide spectrum of key business and economic disciplines, with a special focus on the business dynamics of emerging markets, in particular China.

Our faculty members are active contributors to top-tier, international peer-reviewed journals. Some of them also serve on the editorial boards of internationally renowned journals, contributing their professional views and keeping up with the latest research developments:

  • Prof. Daphne Yiu, Editorial Board Member of Academy of Management Journal & Editorial Board Member of Organization Science
  • Prof. Dora Lau, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Prof. George Yang, Editorial Board Members of The Accounting Review
  • Prof. Joseph Fan, Associate Editor of Management Science & Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Prof. Kenneth Law, Editorial Board Member of Academy of Management Journal & Consulting Editor of Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Prof. Liang Guo, Associate Editor of Management Science
  • Prof. Michael Zhang, Associate Editor of Management Science
  • Prof. Tianyu Zhang, Editorial Board Members of The Accounting Review

Programme of Study

Both MPhil and PhD Programmes offer a full-time mode of study only.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Programmes

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Programmes seeks applicants who have attained outstanding achievement as undergraduate students and who wish to pursue advanced studies in preparation for a doctoral level degree, or for employment in private or public sector specialist positions that require strong research and analytical skills.

Period of Study

  • Normative Study Period: 2 years
  • Maximum Study Period: 4 years

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programmes

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programmes seeks applicants who have demonstrated outstanding research potential at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These programmes of advanced studies prepare students for careers in teaching and research at higher education and research institutions, and employment in private or public sector specialist positions that require advanced research capabilities.

Period of Study (for students with a research master’s degree)

  • Maximum Period to Fulfil Candidacy Requirement: 24 months*
  • Normative Study Period: 36 months
  • Maximum Study Period: 72 months

* Students who fail to fulfil the candidacy requirement within 24 months will be required to discontinue studies.

Period of Study (for students without a research master’s degree)

  • Maximum Period to Fulfil Candidacy Requirement: 36 months^
  • Normative Study Period: 48 months
  • Maximum Study Period: 84 months

^ The postgraduate studentship (PGS) will stop after the 24th month if the student cannot pass the candidacy requirement within 24 months, but will resume upon passing the candidacy requirement. The end date of the PGS award will remain as the normative study end date. Students who fail to fulfil the candidacy requirement within 36 months will be required to discontinue studies.


Tuition & Financial Support

The tuition fee for MPhil and PhD Programmes is HK$42,100 per annum.

Visit the Graduate School’s website for details


Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfil the following criteria to graduate:

  1. Complete all the graduate courses required by the individual department/School.
  2. Give an oral presentation on their research progress (PhD students only).
  3. Submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination.
  4. Complete the Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) course “Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research”.
  5. Complete an IT Proficiency Test. Those admitted in 2004-5 and thereafter who have passed the International Computer Driving Test may apply for exemption from the Test. Tests are graded pass or fail and multiple attempts are allowed. Upon graduation, the transcript will show ‘IT Proficiency Passed’.
  6. Complete an online Research Ethics Training (RET) module on “Publication Ethics” offered by the Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services (ORKTS) and obtain a valid Publication Ethics Certificate.
  7. When deemed necessary by advisor/supervisor, student (including non-Chinese speaking student) may be requested to take a required language.

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