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Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Research Degrees

Master of Philosophy programme (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy programme (PhD) consist of coursework and research studies leading to the submission of a thesis. Both degrees are offered in full-time and part-time modes.



Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

- Hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

- Hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- Be a current MPhil student in the University who is seeking transfer to PhD candidature; or
- Hold a taught Master's degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- Hold a Bachelor's degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the University. For further information and research degree regulations please visit the website of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies: https://cityu.edu.hk/sgs.


English Proficiency Requirement

(applicable to 2021 intake and thereafter)

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and individual Colleges and Schools. The University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for research degree programmes is a total score of 550 (paper-based test); or 79 (internet-based test); or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Equivalent qualifications are also acceptable. TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years from the test date and must be valid at the time of submission of application.

In addition to the University's requirement given above, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences sets higher standards or equivalent acceptable qualifications, as appropriate for their disciplines. Please refer to the CityU Postgraduate Admissions page for details.


Research Proposal

Please submit a research proposal by the application deadline. For submission procedure, please visit the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

The proposal should be written in English and include:

  1. Research topic
  2. Aims and research questions
  3. Research background
  4. Research methods
  5. Research plan, and
  6. A list of references cited in the proposal


Research Areas

Staff members and research students in the Department are actively engaged in a number of research areas and candidates interested in the following broad areas are particularly encouraged to inquire further about the programme.

1. General Linguistics and Language Technology/ Intelligent Linguistic Applications

  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • First/ Second Language Acquisition
  • Lexicography
  • Phonetics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Typology
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Functional Linguistics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Text Linguistics

2. Translation and Interpretation

  • Computer-aided Translation
  • Discourse Analysis and Translation
  • Language and Law
  • Machine Translation
  • Translation and Literature
  • Translation Studies
  • Interpretion Studies


For details on major fees (including tuition fee and others) please refer to the appropriation section in the Admission Handbook published by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Enquiry: LTenquiry@cityu.edu.hk

Page last updated: 3 January 2023