What will I learn?

The Doctor of Policy Studies programme has flexible delivery modes and strong experiential learning elements including field visits, and academic workshops and seminars. The field visits (including overseas tours) are to ensure that students understand the current mindsets and practices regarding policy studies in other countries and can conduct their research from an international perspective, without simply relying on textbooks, journals and other publications.

The Doctor of Policy Studies programme offers students a truly comparative and international perspective in understanding the rapid social, economic and political changes in the context of policy making. It is delivered by a team of local, regional and international scholars who engage with students in critical analysis of policy responses to the many global challenges.

Programme Overview

Unique Features

  • The only professional doctorate in policy studies in Greater China
  • Comparative perspectives in policy studies with a wide range of sector-specific expertise
  • Excellent teaching team with internationally renowned scholars and policy leaders
  • Flexible and interactive delivery modes including experiential learning elements such as field visits, and academic workshops and seminars。
  • Provides opportunities for student exchange at University of Bath and a summer programme at University of Oxford.

Programme Structure

Must satisfactorily complete 5 Core Courses, 4 Experiential Learning Courses, 1 Elective Course, and Policy Studies Project (Individual project).

Core Courses

  • Globalisation, Changing Governance and Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods in Policy Studies
  • Professional Writing Workshop
  • Guided Study in Policy Issues
  • Policy Dissemination and Strategic Communication

Experiential Learning Courses

  • Dialogue with Policy Practitioners: Theory and Practice
  • Seminar on Social Policy and Social Change
  • Asia Pacific Comparative Development and Policy Symposium
  • Engaging the Media and Public Communications

Elective Course

  • Internationalising Higher Education: Institutional Strategy and Development
  • Branding and Marketing of Higher Education
  • Internationalisation and Quality Management in Higher Education
  • Managing Talents and Finance in Higher Education
  • Creating an Effective Student Learning Environment
  • Social Policy Analysis: Comparative Perspectives
  • Comparative Social Policy in Greater China and East Asia
  • Understanding Social Indicators and Social Policies
  • Regional Policy Study and Visit in Greater China and East Asia

Policy Studies Project

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (US$ 17,998) per year
HK $420,000 for the entire program; The tuition fee can be paid by 6 instalments.
Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

14 January 2022


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of PhD should normally: a. hold a master's degree awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or b. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard, and have registered in a programme of study for a master's degree at a recognised tertiary education institution for at least one year and have evidence of research achievement; or c. have obtained an equivalent qualification of a) or b) above; or d. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment. English Language Requirements: 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.

For international students

Applicants should normally hold a Master’s degree in the relevant policy studies field. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • 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
  • an equivalent score in a recognised test.

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