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Pursuing MPhil/PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy at Lingnan University, 2022-23 Intake 

Postgraduate Studentships (PGSs) will be awarded to full-time MPhil/PhD students to support their daily subsistence, tuition fee and other expenses that may incur during the course of their studies. Full-time PhD admittees will normally be provided with a Postgraduate Studentship with a monthly stipend of HK$18,090* [To be revised to HK$18,440 after confirmation of candidature (rates for 2021-22, amount subject to annual review)]. We also have our popular and excellent research-based 2-year MPhil Sociology and/or Social Policy programme. MPhil admittees will normally be awarded with Studentships with a monthly stipend of HK$17,830 (rate for 2021-22, amount subject to annual review).

Lingnan is a Hong Kong’s liberal arts university, whose small size, top international faculty and strong emphasis on close staff and student relationships offer a unique environment for the pursuit of advanced studies in this vibrant and energetic city. The University offers MPhil and PhD programmes in the Arts, Business, Science and Social Sciences disciplines. Our top value is student-centred learning hence, for graduates, to ensure close and supportive thesis supervision. At Lingnan, students establish peer-type working relationships with world-class scholars who offer expert and close-contact supervision in their respective areas.

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has more than ten professorial members from six different countries. Since 2014, it has had over 20 research postgraduate students from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, including an outstanding record of Hong Kong PhD Fellows. The department also offers taught MA courses, which are available to our research students. Members of staff currently have a world-leading or internationally recognised expertise in areas including:

  • Ageing, social gerontology
  • Comparative policy including international education
  • Economic and urban sociology; housing
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Health research, population; social well-being
  • Hong Kong society and culture
  • Income inequality and social stratification
  • Justice and society; transitional and historical justice
  • Labour, work and occupation
  • Marriage and family
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Religion, ethnic minorities
  • Social and political thought; political sociology
  • Social theory

Interested applicants may apply for admission to our PhD/MPhil programme to the Lingnan University directly. Normally, full-time PhD/MPhil students will be awarded Postgraduate Studentships.

Although the original deadline is 21 January 2022, late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more details regarding application methods and requirements, please visit our website. You may also read the prospectus for MPhil & PhD Programmes and the leaflet for PhD programme. If you have any enquiries, you are most welcome to contact the School of Graduate Studies (tel.: (852) 2616 8720; email: