What will I learn?

The Faculty attracts and nurtures outstanding scholars and students from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. It provides a comprehensive, humanities and liberal arts research environment, and its strengths include world-class expertise in China-West studies, highly diverse and international academic staff, and a strong culture- and language-based curriculum.

We offer supervision in a wide range of areas of study, and details of the main areas are given below.

School of Chinese - Major Research Areas

Chinese language:
Phonology, etymology, semantics, grammar and rhetoric; Chinese dialects; language, society and culture.

Chinese literature:
Classical, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, including prose, poetry, fiction, drama; Chinese women’s literature and literary criticism, gender and sexuality in Ming and Qing literature.

Chinese history:
Political and intellectual Chinese history, China-West historical studies, history of Chinese cartography and historiography.

Chinese culture:
Traditional and twentieth-century Chinese culture, cross-cultural exchange, overseas sinology, history of Christianity and Chinese civilisation.

Chinese thought:
Chinese and comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism.

Translation studies, theories, and criticism; the linguistic and cultural dimensions of the translation practice, translators’ strategies, and translations of the Ming-Qing period.

School of English - Major Research Areas

English language and linguistics, and language and communication

Literary studies in English

School of Humanities - Major Research Areas

Comparative Literature

Fine Arts





School of Modern Languages and Cultures - Major Research Areas

African Studies

American Studies

China Studies

European Studies

Global Creative Industries

Hong Kong Studies

Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

Centre for the Humanities and Medicine - Major Research Areas

History of medicine and health

Medical humanities

Communication and media

Humanitarian studies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (12 months (Probationary Period); 24 months (Normative Study Period))

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (US$ 5,431) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected April, August 2021

More details

Start date

Expected January, September 2021


The University of Hong Kong

G14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For international students

The basic qualification necessary for admission to research postgraduate studies is a good honours degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution. In addition, certain degree courses have more specific requirements. Qualifying examinations to test the applicants’ abilities to follow the prescribed courses and/or interviews may be conducted. Applicants with qualifications other than an honours degree are considered on their individual merits.

Applicants who wish to be admitted to higher degrees on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain the following:

(a) a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as specified below:

Paper-based test

  • An overall score of 550 or above
  • Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 4 or above in the Test of Written English (TWE)

Internet-based test

  • An overall score of 80 or above
  • Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 25 or above in the Writing section; or

(b) a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic module); or

(c) grade C or above in the Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or

(d) grade C or above in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or

(e) grade C or above in the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE);

unless in exceptional circumstances when they are exempted from this requirement.

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


About this uni

The University of Hong Kong had 12 academic disciplines ranked in the top 25 globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2021.

  • 127 academic staff ranked in top 1% of scientists globally
  • Intensive international collaboration with top universities
  • Graduate employment rate of nearly 100% for 14 years
  • Ranked 22nd globally (QS World University Rankings)