MPhil in Business


Program Description

MPhil in Business

Normal Duration: 2 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

Faculty of Business

Department of Accountancy
By topical area, the Accountancy Department at Lingnan in the last six years ranks 69th worldwide in taxation research according to a comprehensive survey “Accounting Rankings for Universities 2018” by Brigham Young University ( and is the leader in taxation research in Hong Kong. The Department has published tax research in top-tier academic journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting and Economics; and Journal of the American Taxation Association. The Department also ranks highly in auditing research according to the same study, and has published auditing research in the leading journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics; Contemporary Accounting Research; Review of Accounting Studies; Accounting, Organization and Society; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; and Journal of International Accounting Research. The accounting faculty also has an interest in corporate disclosure, supply chain information transfer and business connectivity, corporate governance and ethics research. Our research contributes to accounting theory and practice that offers significant insights to the accountancy profession in the Mainland and Hong Kong.

Department of Computing and Decision Sciences
The Department of Computing and Decision Sciences is one of the five departments in the Faculty of Business, specialising in teaching and research in Data Science (DS), Information Systems Management (ISM) and Operations Management (OM). It has a small group of faculty members who are among the most active researchers in Hong Kong in their specialised research areas (, and who are well recognised by peers with competitive research grants and publications in high quality journals (e.g., Management Science, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Expert Systems with Applications, Decision Support Systems, and Information and Management).

The Department offers MPhil and PhD degree programmes in Business with a special focus on DS, ISM and OM. We welcome motivated applicants and are fully committed to offering the best possible learning and research environment for our MPhil and PhD students. Qualified applicants are also encouraged to consider the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), a highly competitive and prestigious programme established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong.

Department of Finance and Insurance
The Department of Finance and Insurance has seven faculty members who are active in research. Our research interests are wide ranging and use theoretical, empirical, and applied approaches. Faculty have recently completed studies on credit ratings, securities volatility and derivatives, bank lending decisions, corporate finance, and theoretical models of insurance and risk management. The findings from these studies have been published in prestigious international journals.

The research students work closely with their supervisors. In addition to their theses, the students have the opportunity to work with faculty members on other research projects. Students do relevant coursework at Lingnan and at other local universities. One characteristic of our approach is that students start to work on research projects from their first term.

Department of Management
Lingnan’s Department of Management has developed research strengths in major areas as conflict management, organisation studies, business ethics, cross-cultural management, and China business studies and is also exploring emerging research issues. Our research supports Lingnan University’s liberal arts mission of developing and applying knowledge for public service. We seek motivated, capable students who are committed to developing their research competence through our postgraduate programmes.

Department of Marketing and International Business
Our faculty received their doctoral degrees in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States. Over the years, the graduates of our programme have been gainfully employed by organisations in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. Some continue to pursue advanced studies in other prestigious universities, including Georgia State University, McGill University, Rutgers University, York University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Alberta.Our graduates have presented their research findings at international academic conferences such as the Academy of International Business Conference and Marketing Science Conference. Some of them have won such awards as “Best Graduate Student Paper” or “Best Conference Paper” at international conferences.

Application for Admission

Applicants who are interested in seeking admission to the MPhil programme should apply to the University directly. Successful applicants will normally be provided with a Postgraduate Studentship with a monthly stipend of HK$17,140* (US$1 = HK$7.8).

(*rate for 2019-20, subject to annual review)

Application Period

The University invites applications from 1 November 2019 to 24 January 2020. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, subject to the availability of places.

General Admission Requirements

  1. An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally:
    a. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
    b. have obtained an equivalent qualification; or
    c. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.
  2. In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to fulfil additional requirements, if any, set by the programmes to which they apply for admission.

    [Note: For IELTS and TOEFL qualifications for admission to 2020-21 intake and onwards, the University only accepts results that are within the validity period, viz. 2 years, from the time of submission of an admission application for the specific intake cohort.]

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

An applicant is strongly recommended to provide results of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within the last three years. GMAT or GRE results will be used together with other evidence provided in the application to assess the applicant’s command of English and potential for the programme applied.

Last updated Aug 2018

About the School

Lingnan University is the liberal arts university in Hong Kong and we have the longest established tradition among the local institutions of higher education. Our history can be dated back to 1888, wh ... Read More

Lingnan University is the liberal arts university in Hong Kong and we have the longest established tradition among the local institutions of higher education. Our history can be dated back to 1888, when our forerunner, the Christian College in China, was founded in Guangzhou, and to 1967, when the institution, as Lingnan College, was re-established in Hong Kong. In 2015, Lingnan University was named as one of the “Top 10 Liberal Arts College in Asia” by Forbes. Read less