PhD in Communication Program By The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree PhD
  • Study Level PHD
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Fees(USD) 16222-
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep
PhD in Communication
Programme Information:
This research programme aims at training communication students who plan to become researchers, university teachers, consultants, executives, professionals, etc. A total of at least 30 units are required for graduation. Advancement to PhD candidature is conditional upon the passing of a qualifying examination. Students should at least have one refereed international conference presentation that requires submission of the full paper and one single-authored or co-authored refereed Chinese or English-language journal article of any tier accepted/published before graduation.
Fields of Specialization
  • Political Communication
  • Journalism
  • Media and Technology Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Advertising 
  • Health Communication
Please visit the Division's homepage for more information. 

Tuition Fee:
HK$42,100 per annum regardless of the study mode
Admission Requirements:
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should possess a Master's degree in journalism/communication or in a related field of humanities and social science from this University or other recognized universities. All applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based), or 92 (internet-based); or a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 7.
Applicants are required to furnish proof of their research potential in the form of:
  1. a strong Master's thesis;
  2. an innovative and methodologically/theoretically strong research proposal outlining areas of interest, goals and plans;
  3. three letters of reference from academic sources; and
  4. academic records at the Master's and undergraduate levels.
Special consideration will be given to applicants' scholarly achievement and professional experience in related fields.
Please visit the Division's homepage for more information. 

About University

Founded in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.

Unique College System

CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that offers a collegiate system. The nine Colleges of CUHK offer a plethora of non-formal learning opportunities to complement the formal curricula.

Academic Programmes

At CUHK, a wide range of academic programmes leading to the bachelor’s degree are organized in its eight Faculties, including Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science.

Given its geographical location, traditions, and ties, CUHK enjoys special advantages in the study of Chinese language, culture, economics, among others. Different specialties in engineering (electronic, information, automation, among others.) command world-leading positions. Its Business School, Law School, and Medical School are reputable training grounds for professionals in their respective fields as well as centres of seminal research.

Research Excellence

CUHK promotes interdisciplinary research excellence on a local, national and international scale. It has four research priorities, which are China StudiesTranslational BiomedicineInformation and Automation Technology and Environment and Sustainability. The University is a world leader in non-invasive prenatal testing theory and method, genomic studies on plants for sustainable agriculture and food security, and network coding theory that revolutionized data transmission and network applications.

The prowess, variety and impact of research at CUHK can be further demonstrated from its establishment of five state key laboratories, past and ongoing Areas of Excellence research projects, and the many research institutes and collaborations with eminent overseas research institutions. CUHK is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

Great Campus in a Great City

CUHK has the largest, most scenic and sustainably designed and maintained campus in Hong Kong, complete with modern learning facilities and cultural, sport, social and other amenities. Located in Shatin, the campus is conveniently connected with the MTR system to all parts of the city.


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