PhD in Music 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 Music

Programme Information
The Programme is research-oriented and a student may be required to enrol in formal courses as deemed necessary. All students must meet their Supervisors for prescription of courses every academic year before course selection.
Students have to fulfil the qualifying examination requirement before they submit their dissertations.
Fields of Specialization

    • Ethnomusicology
    • Historical Musicology
    • Theory

    Admission Requirements

    In additional to the general requirements of the Graduate School,


    Applicants should have majored in ethnomusicology, musicology, anthropology, or another related field.

    All Ethnomusicology students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in Chinese and English. Ability to use a language other than Chinese and English, for research purposes, may be required.

    Historical Musicology

    Applicants should have majored in musicology or another related field.

    Ability to use a language other than Chinese and English, for research purposes, is required for all Historical Musicology students.


    Applicants should have majored in music theory, musicology, or another related field.

    Ability to use a language other than Chinese and English, for research purposes, is required for all Theory students.

    Applicants should submit:

    1. a curriculum vitae (must use the template which can be downloaded from the Music Department's website:;

    2. a copy of Master’s thesis and/or other research papers and publications;

    3. a research proposal written in English (3,000 - 4,000 words) that covers the following areas:

    a) statement of research problems and issues

    b) aims and objectives

    c) literature review

    d) methodology

    e) chapter outline (optional)

    f) research schedule (optional);

    4. bibliography; and

    attend an interview (shortlisted applicants).

    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.


    English language test

    Are you planning to take an English language test? Sign up for free IELTS webinars and prep material

    Sign up today

    Latest Tweets

    Latest Posts