MPhil in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Lingnan University

Program Description

MPhil in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Lingnan University

MPhil in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Duration: 2 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has a very good record of success in the HKPFS.

In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines ( In terms of research locations, we have expertise in Hong Kong, China and many other countries of the Asia-Pacific (including, for example, Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, and Myanmar) and other regions. As well as sociology and social policy topics, we encourage interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research with our sister social science departments of Applied Psychology, Political Science and Economics. We would therefore also be delighted to hear from students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in cross-disciplinary topics. Within Sociology and Social Policy, members of staff currently have internationally recognised expertise in areas including:

  • Ageing, social gerontology
  • Health research, population; social well-being
  • Social theory
  • Social and political thought; political sociology
  • Economic and urban sociology; housing
  • Hong Kong society and culture
  • Justice and society; income inequality and social stratification
  • Gender and sexuality studies; religion
  • Comparative policy including international education

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$15,540* (US$1 = HK$7.8).

*rate subject to review

Application Period

The University invites applications from 1 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. 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.
  1. 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 213 (computer-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 fulfill additional requirements, if any, set by the programmes to which they apply for admission.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 26, 2016
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2 years
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