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What will I learn?

The programme aims to provide academic training for student to conduct advanced research on the history of Chinese art. Fields of specialization include the histories and theories of Chinese painting and calligraphy, jades, bronzes, ceramics, religious art, and contemporary Chinese art.

MPhil Stream

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 units of lecture courses for graduation, normally within two years.

  • Methodology in Art-historical Research (3 Units)
  • Post-graduate Seminar: Special Topics in Chinese Art (6 Units)
  • Elective courses (9 Units)

In addition to the lecture courses listed above, students are required to register for Thesis Research courses each term.

Graduation Requirements

  • Submitting a research thesis
  • Passing an oral examination

PhD Stream

For students entering with a research master’s degree:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses in the pre-candidacy stage, completion of which will be part of the candidacy requirements.

  • Methodology in Art-historical Research (3 Units)
  • Post-graduate Seminar: Special Topics in Chinese Art (6 Units)
  • Elective courses (3 Units)

For students entering without a research master’s degree:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 units of lecture courses in the pre-candidacy stage, completion of which will be part of the candidacy requirements.

  • Methodology in Art-historical Research (3 Units)
  • Post-graduate Seminar: Special Topics in Chinese Art (6 Units)
  • Elective courses (9 Units)

In addition to the lecture courses listed above, students are required to register for Thesis Research courses each term.

Candidacy examination

PhD students (pre-candidacy) should complete all required lecture courses or equivalent and pass a candidacy examination before they can be advanced to PhD candidate. Details of the candidacy examination are as follows:

Areas of Examination

  • Paper 1: Connoisseurship and analysis of original works of art
  • Paper 2: Written examination on specific issues of Chinese Art

Thesis proposal and defence

PhD students (pre-candidacy) are required to submit a written thesis proposal, and present and defend the proposal orally.

Third Language Requirement

Students are required to have the ability to read research materials in a third modern language other than Chinese and English. To demonstrate their proficiency for this purpose, they must pass a relevant language test set by the Division.

Graduation Requirements

  • Submitting a research thesis
  • Passing an oral examination

Fields of Specialization

Fields of specialization include the histories and theories of Chinese painting and calligraphy, ceramics, bronzes, jades and other arts.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

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

In addition to the general qualifications required for admission to the Graduate School, applicants should have majored in Fine Arts. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have minored in Fine Arts and those who have majored in related fields.

Basis for Selection M.Phil. Stream

  • Study plan (no less than 1,000 words)
  • Interview

Ph.D. Stream

  • Research plan for PhD thesis (no less than 2,000 words)
  • Master’s thesis and related publications (only applicable to candidate with a research master’s degree)
  • Interview

Candidacy Examination

  • PhD students (pre-candidacy) should complete all required lecture courses or equivalent and pass a candidacy examination before they can be advanced to PhD candidate. Details of the candidacy examination are as follows:

Areas of Examinations

  • Paper 1: Connoisseurship and analysis of original works of art
  • Paper 2: Written examination on specific issues of Chinese Art

Attempts

  • Students must pass both papers at the same time. They are allowed to take the examination on specific issues only one more time if they fail their first attempt.

Thesis Proposal and Defence

  • PhD students (pre-candidacy) are required to submit a written thesis proposal, and present and defend the proposal orally.

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 Kong1 or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

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

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