The MPhil and PhD are research degrees. Students learn primarily by doing independent original research, usually by participating in the work of the School’s Design Research Units. In some cases, students may also pursue their own topics; those who wish to do so should demonstrate the feasibility of their topic when applying for admission.
The MPhil usually requires two years of full-time study; the PhD usually requires at least three to four years of full-time study. The two programmes are articulated, which means that students can, with Division approval, transfer from the MPhil to the first (pre-candidacy) part of the PhD, and vice-versa.
Applicants for either programme should have a Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in a related field. Applicants to the PhD program who have a Master’s degree (or its equivalent) in a related field may apply to be exempted from some requirements.
Applications for Admission
Eligibility for Admission
MPhil, Master of Philosophy (under the articulated MPhil-PhD Programme)
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in a related field and should submit the information as specified in the list of application materials.
PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (under the articulated MPhil-PhD Programme)
Applicants should have a first- or second-class bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in a related field. Those with a master’s degree (or its equivalent) in a related field may apply, after acceptance, to be exempted from some requirements. All applicants should submit the information as specified in the list of application materials.
Deadline for Applicants Seeking Admission in 2020-21
Applicants who fail to nominate a supervisor will not be considered.
Applications for the academic year of 2020-21 are due on 30 November 2019 for studies beginning in the Fall Term 2020-21.
Note that the School may make the first round of offers in early November, interested applicants who wish to be considered in the first round should:
- Discuss their research proposals with potential supervisors by early September 2019;
- Submit applications by 31 October 2019; and
- Pass an English test (TOEFL / IELTS / GMAT) by the first week of September 2019 so that the original test report could reach the School by early November. (Applicants who have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country are exempted from this requirement.)
- The tuition fee for a full-time MPhil-PhD student in 2020-21 is HK$42,100 per annum.
Scholarships for Prospective Students
- Hong Kong PhD Fellowships Scheme (HKPFS)
HK$301,200 per year (HKPFS awardees will not be awarded with PGS concurrently.)
- Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)
At least HK$199,920 per annum (rate as of 2018-19)
Scholarships for Current Students
- Offered by the Graduate School and School of Architecture at CUHK
Financial Support for Research Postgraduate Students for Conference Attendance and Academic Activities
Call for application: all year around
Maximum HK$15,000 for the whole normative study period
(HKPFS awardees will only be eligible to apply for this grant after the annual travel grant has been exhausted.)
- Offered by the Research Grants Council (RGC)
Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grants
Call for applications: all year around
List of Application Materials
Submission deadline: 30 November 2019
|Item/Requirement||Scanned copy to be submitted to Graduate School’s online system||Original document to be posted to School of Architecture^|
|1.||Completed application form.||NO||YES|
|2.||Bank draft/cheque (in HK$) for the application fee with the Payment Voucher, if not pay by Visa/Master Card.||NO||YES|
|3.||Official transcripts of academic records of Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree obtained.
|4.||Graduation certificate(s) of Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree(s) obtained.||YES||NO|
|5.||Copies of other academic/professional qualifications, if any.||YES||YES|
|6.||Original English test report of TOEFL, IELTS, or GMAT for applicants from non-English speaking countries.
|7.||Identity card or passport as given in the application form.||YES||NO|
|8.||Confidential recommendations from 2 referees who have taught you or worked closely with you, and could comment in detail on your abilities and personalities. (Referee can choose to submit the recommendation form /and letter for you via online system or in hard copy.)||NO||YES|
|10.||Evidence of intellectual preparation. (It can take the form of course papers, publications, design portfolio or other work with a research component, but English-language writing or refereed publications will be considered more favorably than other evidence.)||YES||YES|
^To be posted directly to the School of Architecture, Room 106, AIT Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong (Attn: Application for MPhil-PhD in Architecture).