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What will I learn?

This research programme aims at training communication students who plan to become researchers, university teachers, consultants, executives, professionals, etc. A total of at least 30 units are required for graduation. Advancement to PhD candidature is conditional upon the passing of a qualifying examination. Students should at least have one refereed international conference presentation that requires submission of full paper and one single-authored or coauthored refereed Chinese or English-language journal article of any tier accepted/published before their graduation.

Fields of Specialization

• Advertising & Marketing Communications Studies

• Audience & Reception Studies

• Critical & Cultural Studies

• Gender, Queer & Media

• Health Communication

• History of Communication

• Information & Communication Technology

• Intercultural & Development Communication

• International Communication

• Interpersonal Communication

• Mass Communication

• Media Law, Ethics & Policy

• Media Management & Economics

• Media Psychology

• Minorities & Communication

• Newspaper & Journalism Studies

• Organization & Group Communication

• Political Communication

• Political Economy of Communication

• Popular Culture & Entertainment Studies

• Public Relations Studies

• Visual Communication

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Science

Study options

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

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

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

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

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  • a Master's degree from a recognized university; or
  • a Bachelor's degree, normally with Second Class Honours in the upper division or above, and have been registered in a course of study for a Master's degree at this University for at least one year and have demonstrated research ability; or
  • been registered in a course of study for a doctoral degree at a recognized university for at least one year, and have been approved for admission by the Graduate Council.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should possess a Master's degree in journalism/communication or in a related field of humanities and social science from this University or other recognized universities. All applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (or computer-based score of 237, or internet-based score of 92) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.

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

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