Vacancies: MPhil/PhD Programmes in Sociology and/or Social Policy at Lingnan University, HK

We would like to bring to your attention MPhil/PhD opportunities under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, which are currently being advertised by Lingnan University. See their message below.

The Scheme is aimed at attracting the best and brightest students from around the world to come for PhD studies in Hong Kong. Each fellowship awardee will be provided HK$20,000 per month (US$1=HK$7.8) and the intention is to make this Scheme prestigious and highly international. Lingnan is Hong Kong’s only liberal arts university and was named by Forbes as one of the “Top 10 Liberal Arts Institutions in Asia” in 2015.

Our small size, top international faculty and strong emphasis on close staff and student relationships offer a unique environment for the pursuit of advanced studies in this exciting part of the world. The University offers MPhil and PhD programmes in the Arts, Business and Social Sciences disciplines. Our top value is student-centred learning hence, for graduates, to ensure close and supportive thesis supervision.

At Lingnan, students establish peer-type working relationships with world-class scholars who offer expert and close-contact supervision in their respective areas. Our compact working environment where research students relate as peers with world-class scholars has enabled Lingnan to maintain a track record in HKPFS Fellowships Scheme. One strong area in which Lingnan offers both doctoral and MPhil studies in Hong Kong is Sociology and Social Policy.

In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines ( In terms of research locations, we have expertise in Hong Kong, China and many other countries of the Asia-Pacific (including, for example, Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, and Myanmar) and other regions.

Applicants may seek admission to our PhD programmes in two ways as follows:

  • Applicants may seek admission via the HKPFS during the period from 1 September to 1 December 2016 (Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon). Students who apply for and do not get the fellowship can still be considered for the regular PhD places at Lingnan.
  • Applicants may apply to the University directly from 1 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. Normally, full-time PhD students will be awarded Postgraduate Studentships which offer a monthly stipend of HK$15,760* (amount subject to review).

*To be raised to HK$16,080 after confirmation of candidature.

The University also offers our popular and excellent research-based 2-year MPhil Sociology and/or Social Policy programme. Applicants may apply for admission to our MPhil programmes directly from 1 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. Full-time MPhil students will also be awarded Postgraduate Studentships which offer a monthly stipend of HK$15,540 (amount subject to review).

A copy of the poster is attached for your reference. For more details regarding application methods and requirements, please visit our website at

Should you have any queries, you are most welcome to contact the Registry (Tel.: (852) 2616 8750; Email: