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Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Chinese Language and Literature


What will I learn?

The Division of Chinese Language and Literature offers diversified programmes leading to such higher degrees as PhD, MPhil and MA. The areas of research studies include Chinese Linguistics, Classical Chinese Texts, Classical Chinese Literature and Modern Chinese Literature. The Division admits local students as well as graduates from universities in Mainland China and overseas.

The MPhil programme requires a total minimum of 24 credit hours of course work including the following courses: (1) Seminar; (2) Special Topics; and (3) Research Methods, plus a thesis.

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 (Normative period: 2 years, Maximum period: 4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,40,377) per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2023


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a 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 bachelor’s degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with a major in Chinese Language, Chinese Literature or related fields.

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 research proposal* (strictly limited to 5,000 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  • A sample of academic writing (published or unpublished) in a related field.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 Kong 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 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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