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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Media and Communication


What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The PhD in Language, Communication and Creativity Linguistics and Communication is dedicated to interdisciplinary study of the social, political, economic and technological cultural dimensions of linguistics and communication, nationally and internationally, historically and in contemporary societies. Students receive a solid theoretical and methodological foundation through a flexible programme designed to produce outstanding scholars, and teachers, and policy/industry researchers who make significant contributions to the understanding of linguistics and communication. The programme attends to the full range of interdisciplinary theory and perspective drawn from relevant domains in the social and behavioural sciences, the humanities and related professional fields, including:

  • communication theories, journalism, media systems, public opinion, media effects, persuasive communication (public relations and advertising), new media communication, international communication, political economy of the media, media policies and law, media history, psychology of mass communication, diffusion and use of new media technologies, social network analysis, e-social science, computational social science, and social computing.
  • linguistics and language studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English), computational/corpus linguistics, cross-cultural studies, cultural and heritage management, discourse, translation studies, language and law, forensic linguistics; and
  • studies of English Applied Linguistics and discourse analysis as used in professional communication in cross-cultural settings, with particular focus on such areas as business, law, medicine, education, creative and cultural industries, and computer mediated discourse.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

1. apply a thorough understanding of the fundamental and advanced concepts in the chosen area of study

2. discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original research

3. critically and creatively evaluate and analyse current research issues in the light of methodological and theoretical perspectives

4. relate relevant theoretical frameworks and methodological principles to generate innovative research

5. conduct original research independently using appropriate research methods

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Students who already hold a master’s degree normally take 3 years / 4 years; and students with a bachelor’s degree but without a master’s degree usually take 4 years.)

Tuition fees
Government-funded Fees: HK $3,508 per month; Self-funded Fees: HK $7,016 per month
Start date

Expected September 2023


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the following entry requirements: a bachelor's degree in a non-law discipline; or a bachelor's degree in law from a non-common law jurisdiction, which was obtainable after at least eight semesters of full-time study. Holders with a degree in law from a common law jurisdiction are NOT eligible to apply. For applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, the minimum English language proficiency requirement will be: a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based); or an overall band score of 7 in IELTS, with no individual score below 6.5; or a total score of 520 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test (Band 6).

For international students

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

  • be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD candidature; or
  • hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
  • hold a 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.

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.

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test), with a minimum of 15 for Reading, 15 for Listening, 17 for Writing, and 18 for Speaking; or
  • a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 for each of the sub-categories including Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking TOEFL Paper-based test (before October 2017) and Paper-delivered test (after October 2017) will not be accepted as there is no Speaking component..

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


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