What will I learn?

This research area examines Neo-Confucian conceptions of man’s place in the universe, universal principles and their particularistic manifestations, knowledge and action in learning, perfection of the self, moral uplifting of the populace; articulations for a strong government, social and cultural integration; major Neo-Confucian schools and their doctrines, major works of Neo-Confucianism, the philosophies of Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming, the ideological rebels of late Ming, Confucian reflections in early Qing.

The Department of Chinese Culture (CC) was established in September 2008. Its mission is to impart to students knowledge about the culture of China, to help them broaden their intellectual horizons and to reach an integrated understanding of the relationship between self and society, so that they can develop foundations for their future careers, improve the quality of their lives and become responsible national and world citizens in this age of globalisation.

To fulfill its mission, in addition to offering an undergraduate and a taught postgraduate programme related to the culture of China, CC offers research programmes in Chinese culture leading, respectively, to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 to 4 years)

Tuition fees
Annual tuition fee: HK $42,100 (UGC-funded students); HK $84,200 (Non-UGC-funded students)

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

Application deadline

Expected December 2019

More details

Start date

2 September 2019

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must possess a Master's degree. English Language Requirements: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; or An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognized university.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, an applicant with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.

PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English).

Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognised public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

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