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The School of Chinese offers MPhil and PhD degrees in four streams: 1) Chinese Language and Literature (CLL), 2) Chinese History and Culture (CHC), 3) Translation Studies (Translation), and 4) Hong Kong Studies (HKGS). The details are shown as follows:

 

Chinese language:
Phonology, etymology, semantics, grammar and rhetoric; Chinese dialects; language, society and culture.

 

Chinese literature:
Classical, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, including prose, poetry, fiction, drama; Chinese women’s literature and literary criticism, gender and sexuality in Ming and Qing literature.

 

Chinese history:
Political and intellectual Chinese history, China-West historical studies, history of Chinese cartography and historiography.

 

Chinese culture:
Traditional and twentieth-century Chinese culture, cross-cultural exchange, overseas sinology, history of Christianity and Chinese civilisation.

 

Chinese thought:
Chinese and comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism.

 

Translation:
Translation studies, theories, and criticism; the linguistic and cultural dimensions of the translation practice, translators’ strategies, and translations of the Ming-Qing period.

 

Hong Kong Studies:

Hong Kong society, Hong Kong culture, creative industries, Hong Kong economy, politics, history and environment

Students are required to complete two compulsory courses offered by the School, including a seminar presentation, and are strongly encouraged another courses, CHIN6001, in lieu of the Research Methods course offered by the Graduate School.

 

To find out more about each faculty member’s expertise, please click the following link and read their individual profile. In addition to the research-based MPhil and PhD programmes, the School offers taught MA programmes in the streams of CLL, CHC and Translation.

 

Chairman of Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC) & Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Dr P.Y. Lin
Tel: (852) 3917 7930
Fax: (852) 2858 1334
Email: pylin@hku.hk

For details, please refer to the web site of Graduate School:

http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/how-to-apply

In addition to the compulsory courses offered by the Graduate School, MPhil and 4-year PhD candidates are required to complete two compulsory courses, CHIN6002 and CHIN6003, offered by the School. Students are also strongly advised to take the Research Methods course (CHIN6001) in lieu of the equivalent course offered by the Graduate School. All courses should be completed by the end of the probationary period except for the Seminar course (CHIN6003) which can be finished by the end of the candidature.

 

CHIN6001. Research Methods in Chinese Studies

 

This course is designed as a research method course specifically tailored for the first-year students pursuing MPhil and PhD degrees in the School of Chinese. Its intention is to expose students to the latest development in data collection techniques and main electronic databases relevant to the study of Chinese language and literature, history, philosophy, and translation. It introduces the research outcomes, important debates, and latest theories in these aforementioned fields by discussing selected recent publications by both mainland and overseas scholars. It thus functions as a general survey on the current state of these fields.

 

Assessment: 100% coursework on a pass/fail basis.

 

* Students are strongly advised to take CHIN6001 which can be taken in lieu of the compulsory course offered by the Graduate School, “GRSC6034 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)” or “GRSC6036 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)”, but cannot be counted as a compulsory course in the departmental coursework requirement.

 

CHIN6002. Special Topics in Chinese Studies

 

This course introduces students to the topics that are of relevance to their research specialties but have not been taken previously. Subject to the approval of the thesis supervisor and the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee, students will select one 6-credit course from the undergraduate programmes, or one from the M.A. programmes. They will be given assignments at the equivalent research postgraduate level. The format of assignments may vary, depending on the courses chosen. It may include classroom presentations and essays, and will be decided at the discretion of the teachers.

 

Assessment: 100% coursework on a pass/fail basis.

 

CHIN6003. Seminar

 

This seminar course runs in parallel to the School of Chinese’s staff seminar. It consists of two parts – an oral presentation at the seminar on their research subject during their course of study (and before submitting their theses), and seminar attendance. During their candidature, research postgraduate students (except those admitted for the 3-year PhD programme) will take turn to do a public oral presentation, followed by a Q&A session. At present, students taking this course are required to attend 10 seminars, among which at least 6 should be research postgraduate presentations. Performance in seminars will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

CHIN6001 is scheduled on 8/9, 15/9, 29/9, 6/10, 20/10, 27/10 (Wednesday), 17:30-19:20 at CRT-7.30.

 

CHIN6002

Please refer to https://nweb.chinese.hku.hk/en/undergraduate/timetable/

 

CHIN6003 is scheduled on Friday, 17:30-18:50 at CPD-LG.59 (Students of this full-year course shall consult with the course coordinator Dr. S.M. Leung (Email: leungssm@hku.hk) about their schedule of seminar presentation.)

Q1. Before submitting the formal application (Create an account and fill in the info. and submit the application fee), do I have to contact the potential professor who I target to supervise my project in advance to discuss my research planning and let him/her to check with the proposal first?

 

A1: You are strongly advised to find a qualified teacher (with title equivalent to Assistant Professor or above) of similar research interest from the School as your proposed primary supervisor before your application esp. if you'd like to apply for Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) for your postgraduate studies. The recommendation of your proposed supervisor will enhance your chance of obtaining PGS.

 

You may send your personal CV and previous academic publications for reference during your email contact with your proposed supervisor to see if he/she still have quota of RPg supervision for 2022/23 and consult with him/her about your research proposal as well if he/she accepts your application.

 

For details of the list of teachers of our School, please refer to the following webpage:

https://nweb.chinese.hku.hk/en/people/academic_staff/

 

Q2. Do all admitted postgraduate students have the monthly PGS or it may be a self-funded programme?

 

A2: Since the quota for PGS is decided by the University on a very limited basis and is varied each year, the admission to our postgraduate programme will NOT guarantee the award of PGS. Your application for PGS will be discussed by our Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC) based on your previous academic records (e.g. GPA of your undergraduate studies), the value of your research topic and quality of your research proposal and recommendation of your proposed supervisor (if any). If your application for PGS is accepted by DRPC, the recommendation will be further submitted to Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (FHDC) for determination. Students who cannot obtain PGS have to be self-financed accordingly. 

 

Q3. If I cannot obtain PGS, is there any other lawful income that could support my living expenses during the study? I have heard of the post "part-time demonstrator", does it work for me as well?

 

A3: The payment by hour-rate of a part-time demonstrator at our School is HKD162.00/hour for 150 hours/year. You have to be recommended by your primary supervisor to obtain the opportunity to take the job under the approval of DRPC.

 

Q4. Could I submit my research proposal in Chinese only?

 

A4: Since not all the committee members of Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (FHDC) understand Chinese, the English version of your research proposal is compulsory while a separated version of Chinese is accepted to be included as a supplementary document to your English version.

 

You may write a detailed research proposal in English ONLY and upload to the online application system. Or, you may submit a detailed research proposal in Chinese (up to approx. 8 pages) together with a summarized English version covering the major parts (e.g. research topic, purpose, methodology, research questions, etc.) of your research proposal. The two versions could be submitted either in one file or separately.

 

For PhD Applicants:

Form: No standardized form

Length: usually 4-5 pages (max. 10 pages)

Format: Double-spaced

Instruction: It should outline a clearly-considered and defined research topic, with an account of research questions and methodology proposed, an explanation of the value and originality of the research, and a bibliography.

 

For MPhil Applicants:

Form: No standardized form

Length: usually 3 to 4 pages (max. 8 pages)

Format: Double-spaced

Instruction: It should include a brief account of the applicant's academic history (including what he/she studied and what in particular has interested him/her; also, where relevant, the reason why he/she wants to undertake research at HKU). The proposal should set out the area of study he/she proposes to work in, and the research he/she intends to do in it. It should show that the applicant knows something about the field, has started on the relevant reading, and has a sense of the interesting research questions and problems likely to be faced, of the methodology proposed and, if relevant, the resources required. The applicant should append a preliminary bibliography.

 

Note: If your research proposal in Chinese is detailed enough, the English version could be a summarized version with no need of translation of your full list of bibliography from Chinese to English.

 

Q5. Do I need to translate my previous publications into English?

 

A5: The publications are supplementary documents of your application which does not require "officially certified translation". You may upload an abstract in English as a reference to your publications written in Chinese.

 

Q6. I have not been interviewed by my proposed supervisor. Does it indicate that I fail to be admitted to your School? When will I know my application result?

 

A6: Interview with the applicants is optional at our School (i.e. each individual School teacher has the right to decide whether to conduct interview with a certain applicant or not). Without interview does not necessarily stands for your failure of admission.

 

You will be formally informed of your application result by official email notification (Offer/Conditional Offer Letter/Waiting list/Rejection) issued by the Graduate School in about three to four months after the closing date of application. You may also check the result at http://www.hku.hk/gradsch/status.

 

For the sake of fairness of the RPg admission process of our University, the department will not release the application result before the official announcement by the Graduate School.

 

For further inquiries about the admission procedure, you may contact the Graduate School:

Tel: (852) 2857 3470

Fax: (852) 2857 3543

Email: gradsch@hku.hk