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What will I learn?

Students are required to complete at least 33 units (for full-time students) / 39 units (for part-time students) of courses. They are also required to study a third language, other than Chinese and English, with satisfactory result. Students who have completed a total of 12 units of courses (besides “Thesis Guidance”) shall take and pass an oral qualifying examination before advancement to the PhD candidature. PhD candidates should complete the PhD thesis and pass the oral examination for graduation.

Fields of Specialization

  • History of Traditional China
  • History of Modern China
  • Pre-modern World History
  • Modern World History
  • History of Hong Kong
  • Comparative History
  • Public History

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 should:

have majored in history or a related field;

submit the following materials together with the application:

  • A detailed study plan in either Chinese or English;
  • Master's thesis or an academic essay in either Chinese or English; and
  • Evidence of language proficiency as indicated below (CUHK graduates are exempted from this requirement):

First Language Requirement:

  • Either Chinese or English may be chosen as the first language;
  • In the case of Chinese, applicants must provide adequate evidence of proficiency in Chinese such as public examination results or academic record;
  • In the case of English, applicants from non-English-speaking countries are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) scores. Those from English-speaking countries should submit SAT or GCE results instead.

Second Language Requirement:

  • It may be any Asian or Western language which is closely related to the intended fields of study; and
  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
    IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
    GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

    obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE 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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