PhD in History 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

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PhD in History
Programme Information
Students are required to complete at least 33 units (for full-time students) / 39 units (for part-time students) of courses. They are also required to study a third language, other than Chinese and English, with satisfactory result. Students who have completed a total of 12 units of courses (besides “Thesis Guidance”) shall take and pass an oral qualifying examination before advancement to the PhD candidature. PhD candidates should complete the PhD thesis and pass the oral examination for graduation.
Fields of Specialization
  • History of Traditional China
  • History of Modern China
  • Pre-modern World History
  • Modern World History
  • History of Hong Kong
  • Comparative History
  • Public History

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should

  1. have majored in history or a related field;
  2. submit the following materials together with the application:
  • A detailed study plan in either Chinese or English;
  • Master's thesis or an academic essay in either Chinese or English; and
  • Evidence of language proficiency as indicated below (CUHK graduates are exempted from this requirement):

First Language Requirement:

  1. Either Chinese or English may be chosen as the first language;
  2. In the case of Chinese, applicants must provide adequate evidence of proficiency in Chinese such as public examination results or academic record;
  3. In the case of English, applicants from non-English-speaking countries are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) scores. Those from English-speaking countries should submit SAT or GCE results instead.

Second Language Requirement:

  1. It may be any Asian or Western language which is closely related to the intended fields of study; and
  2. Applicants must provide adequate evidence of proficiency in that language such as TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) scores, public examination results or academic records.

An interview may be required by the Division.

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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