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What will I learn?

Our MPhil-PhD programme provides students with rigorous training in economic theory and quantitative analyses to enhance their abilities in conducting independent academic research. Students are required to write substantial theses which demonstrate their abilities in carrying out original analyses of economic issues with academic value and/or policy relevance.

MPhil Stream

An MPhil candidate must meet a minimum requirement of 21 units of coursework (7 term courses) and 6 units of Thesis Research course per term. The 21 units of coursework should comprise 12 units of required courses and 9 units of elective courses.

PhD Stream

The programme is research-oriented. Students are required to take required courses in the first year. For students who possess research Master's degree, the minimum number of units is 15 units, including 12 units of required courses, and 3 units of elective course. For students who do not possess research Master degrees, the minimum number of units is 21 units, including 12 units of required courses, and 9 units of elective courses. Students have to take Thesis Research course every term. Advancement to PhD candidature is conditional upon the passing of a qualifying examination.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Science

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 (4,27,672) 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 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 for the MPhil programme should have majored in Economics or related disciplines with a Bachelor's degree and a good background in Mathematics or Statistics. Applicants for the PhD programme should possess a Master's degree in Economics or related discipline, and a good background in Mathematics or Statistics. Those applicants with a Bachelor's degree can also apply for the PhD programme, but have to demonstrate excellent research potential. All applicants for the PhD programme and non-local applicants for the MPhil programme are required to take the GRE General Test; those without the GRE score may still be considered, but they will be at a disadvantage.

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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