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What will I learn?

CUHK Business School offers rigorous research-based graduate programs including the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs, which aim to provide students with an excellent opportunity to work with a high-quality international faculty and share research ideas with top-class students from diverse backgrounds in an environment that encourages intellectual stimulation and research innovation.

Fields of Specialization

The hospitality business is a leading growth industry in Hong Kong, which is home to several major worldwide hotel chains. As a significant number of leading property companies in Hong Kong also have business ties with the hotel industry, research activities in the areas of hospitality, tourism, real estate and finance span a wide spectrum of topics. Hospitality-related research conducted by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management falls into four main areas:

1. Real Estate and Finance
Major issues examined include the development of property valuation theories, property acquisition and financing methods, the best use of property and the development of secondary property equity and debt markets. Specific research topics concentrate on price behavior and agency issues in Real Estate Investment Trusts, asset pricing theories, the market efficiency of the property markets and strategic development by developers. Future research will look at the unique features of the Hong Kong property market, the short-term stochastic movement of hotel-related revenue and other issues related to hospitality and property.

2. Marketing and Tourism
The hospitality and travel industries are part of the growing service sector. The growth of service industries has created a demand for research into marketing approaches that increase service effectiveness given the unique characteristics of intangibility, inseparability, perishability and variability intrinsic to these industries. In research terms, the presence of a service provider also moderates practically all marketing theories on buyer-seller interaction. At the macro level, research topics include destination marketing, franchising, management contract and brand equity. Theory development emphasizes issues that are especially relevant to Hong Kong and mainland China, such as the negotiation and cross-cultural aspects of hospitality marketing.

Which department am I in?

CUHK Business School

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,25,898) 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 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

To be admitted to the MPhil stream, applicants shall have:

  • 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.

To be admitted to the PhD stream,

  • a Master's degree 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.

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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