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What will I learn?

Religion is a fundamental and distinctive aspect of human culture. As religion represents the deepest hopes, fears, concerns and values of human being, it can play both constructive and destructive roles in society.

Religious Studies takes religion primarily as a cultural and social phenomenon and studies it critically as well as sympathetically. Since religion is embodied in different culture and in various dimensions, including social, experiential, ritual, ethical, narrative, doctrinal and material, Religious Studies must be cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary, including the methods of cultural studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history and literature, etc. Hence, Religious Studies is an academic discipline that is an integral part of the human sciences.

MPhil Stream

Students are required to complete a minimum of 39 units for graduation, including a minimum of 15 units of lecture courses and graduate seminars. Students are also required to take thesis research courses every term before graduation.

PhD Stream

The PhD stream requires students to complete a minimum of 15 units of lecture courses and graduate seminars. Students are also required to take thesis research courses every term before graduation.

Fields of Specialization

• Chinese Religions
• Buddhist Studies
• Taoist Studies
• Biblical Studies
• Christian Studies / Christianity in China
• Islamic Studies
• Religion, Education and Society

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 requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should

  1. hold a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Religion or Theology. Holders of degrees in related fields will be considered on an individual basis.
  2. submit the following materials:

MPhil in Religious Studies

  • a research proposal with well-informed bibliographies

PhD in Religious Studies

  • a research proposal with well-informed bibliographies
  • an academic paper in either English or Chinese

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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