MPhil in Sociology and/or Social Policy
Normal Duration: 2 years (Full-time)
Place: Hong Kong
The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has more than ten professorial members from six different countries. Since 2014, it has had 19 research postgraduate students from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, including an outstanding record of six 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
Religion, ethnic minorities
Social and political thought; political sociology
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$17,830* (US$1 = HK$7.8).
(*rate for 2020-21, subject to annual review)
The University invites applications from 2 November 2020 to 22 January 2021. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, subject to the availability of places. For details, please visit www.LN.edu.hk/sgs/docs/pgrad.
General Admission Requirements
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; orb. have obtained an equivalent qualification; orc. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.
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
In lieu of the TOEFL and IELTS scores, an applicant can submit results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), GRE, GMAT, Member of Institute of Linguists (MIL), or the College English Test (CET) of People’s Republic of China, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.