Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Business



What will I learn?

With a prestigious history dating back to its original establishment in 1888 in Guangzhou, China, Lingnan University (LU) is the only liberal arts university in Hong Kong emphasizing both the merits and close interrelationship of teaching and research. Like many American liberal arts colleges and the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, LU believes that the ethos of liberal arts education requires limited student numbers and an intimate campus setting.

For postgraduates, student-centered learning, one of the key values of liberal arts education, ensures close and supportive thesis supervision, while at the same time encouraging candidates to exercise intellectual creativity in their research endeavors.

LU has earned a strong reputation through encouraging and requiring staff research, on the premise that far from depleting energies to be spent on teaching, research actually nourishes and inspires outstanding teaching.

For research postgraduate programmes, Lingnan graduates are expected to possess the following attributes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude:


  • systematic understanding of a field or fields of scholarship
  • original contributions to the field


  • competence in research and analysis
  • ability to critically assess intellectual claims, theories and arguments
  • capacity to produce a thesis that contributes to the knowledge and understanding of the field of learning within which the subject of the thesis falls


commitment to applying the knowledge acquired in the chosen field and conducting further research in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

Current Research Areas in Business

  • Actuarial science
  • Artifical intelligence
  • Auditing
  • Bank management
  • Business ethics
  • China business studies
  • Chinese financial market
  • Comparative aspects of international business
  • Conflict management
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Corporate finance and corporate governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Credit rating agencies and risk assessment
  • Cross-cultural consumer and behaviour studies
  • Data Science
  • E-commerce and social media marketing
  • Empirical studies in finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Financial engineering
  • Human resource management
  • Information system and computer science
  • International business and economics
  • Investment and financial institutions
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Manufacturing and service operations management
  • Market microstructure
  • Marketing management in Asia
  • Operations research and management science
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Risk and insurance
  • Service marketing
  • Small business management
  • Strategic issues in marketing
  • Strategic management
  • Taxation
  • Wealth management

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,46,959) per year
Tuition fees for 2021-22 academic year are under review, the tuition fee for 2020-21 academic year is payable by two equal installments of HK $21,050 each.
Application deadline

Expected January 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January 2024


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution; and An applicant whose degree is from a non-English-medium tertiary institution should obtain: IELTS: minimum acceptable score of 6.5 or TOEFL: minimum acceptable score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) or an equivalent score in a recognised test

For international students

An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally:

  • hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification; or
  • have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.

In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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


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