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What will I learn?

The programme is research-oriented. All doctoral students have to attend seminars within the normative study years and take four to six courses.

If the Division deems it necessary, some students may be required to take a course on a language other than English and Chinese and meet any further requirements laid down by the Division.

Students are required to fulfil the qualifying examination requirement before they can submit their dissertations.

The student will write his/her dissertation under the guidance of his/her supervisor.

Fields of Specialization

  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Classical Chinese Texts
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Modern Chinese Literature

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 84 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,27,672) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Master's degree holder from a recognized university; or graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must have a Master's degree in Chinese Language or Chinese Literature from a recognized university.

Applicants should submit the following documents in both soft copy and hard copy. The soft copy should be saved in PDF and sent to the Division by email.

  • A copy of Master’s thesis.
  • A research proposal* (strictly limited to 8,000 words, including the topic, scope, structure and methodology of the research) and a bibliography on a separate sheet.
  • A sample of academic writing (published or unpublished) in a related field.
  • A personal statement in Chinese (not more than 1,000 words).

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong1 or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:

  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (AS Level);
  • Hong Kong Higher Level Examination;
  • CUHK Matriculation Examination;
  • General Certificate of Education Examination (GCE) Advanced Level (A-Level)/Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-Level); or

achieved Level 4 or above in the English Language subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination; or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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