The Faculty of Social Science, Hong Kong Baptist University offers two research-based degrees, namely Master of Philosophy (MPhil), & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Our PhD students are supervised by a Department-based scholar and choose additional supervisors from the same or other Departments, or other universities.
Our Global Distinctiveness
Emphasis on trans-disciplinary problem-solving.
Global diversity: Our current and recent graduates come from Hong Kong, China, and a further 14 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
Financial and professional support for conference participation and overseas placements.
Caring and cohesive graduate community: Our students have an effective voice in Faculty governance, and network with/ learn from peers from across our social sciences disciplines, all housed in one building.
Opportunities to take courses and attend lectures across Hong Kong's universities and to access data and field across China and South East Asia.
A flexible range of funding models including government scholarships, Faculty scholarships, and Department scholarships
One Faculty Seven Departments
Our academic expertise lies with academic staff in our seven departments. They conduct a wide range of research study covering different specialisations.
Master of Philosophy (Department of Education Studies)
Master of Philosophy (Department of Geography)
Master of Philosophy (Department of Government and International Studies)
Master of Philosophy (Department of History)
Master of Philosophy (Department of Sport, Physical Education & Health)
Master of Philosophy (Department of Social Work)
Master of Philosophy (Department of Sociology)
Reasons for Choosing Hong Kong as a Study Destination
1.Be part of the “Chinese Adventure” with a Western heritage
2.Learning Chinese language and culture
3.Exciting and vibrant city with lots to do
4.Many multinational corporations based in Hong Kong
5.Window to China
6.Gateway to Southeast Asia
Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil programme normally have a good bachelor's degree with honours from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification. Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institution of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain a minimum score in the:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 79 (Internet-based Test); or
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5
How to Apply
Online Application System (https://iss.hkbu.edu.hk/amsappl_pg/welcome.jsf)
Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents along with the application:
Photocopies of HKID card (for local applicants) / Passport or other identity documents from the home country (for non-local applicants)
Degree certificate(s)/graduation diploma(s) and transcript(s) (including the institution’s grading system) for verifying academic qualification(s) supporting the application
English proficiency test results (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS results)
Certificate(s)/supporting document(s) of scholarship(s) and prize(s)
Certificate(s) of professional qualification(s)
Sample(s) of publication or research work/record of research experience/publication list
Confidential Recommendation Form(s)
For September 2022 Entry:
1 December 2021 (applications submitted after 1 December 2021 will be considered as entries for September 2023)
** Since admission offers are highly competitive and are subject to quota availability, applicants are strongly advised to submit the application before the above-mentioned deadlines.
Information for Non-local Applicants
The Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government requires all full-time non-local students (both international and from Mainland China) to obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong. Non-local students are defined as students holding student visa/ entry permit, visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates, or dependent visa who are aged 18 years old or above before 1 September of the year in which they are admitted to relevant post-secondary programmes in Hong Kong issued by the Director of Immigration. Part-time non-local students should possess appropriate and valid visa to prove their eligibility to stay and study in Hong Kong.