PhD in Economics

Lingnan University

Program Description

PhD in Economics

Lingnan University

PhD in Economics

Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

With 12 regular academic staff, the Economics Department is large by Lingnan’s standards. Its members all hold PhDs from top universities internationally, and now counts with world-renowned Professor Avinash Dixit from Princeton University as its Distinguished Adjunct Professor (spending periods of 6 to 8 weeks with us annually). Following the UGC’s 2006 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results that showed Lingnan’s Economics Department was among the top 2 highest Departments in Hong Kong in research, the 2014 RAE reaffirms our strong performance. In Economics, LU ranks 3rd among all the eight UGC-funded institutions in its 4-star rating at 13%, which is above the sector-wide 11%, and LU is the only institution which does not have any research output in the “Unclassified” category among all Economics cost centers.

Equally important for our research students, the Department hosts a constant string of top scholars from around the world for short visits and seminars.

With funding from the largest-ever policy research grant from Hong Kong’s RGC, our Economics Department was first in Hong Kong to launch an in-depth research effort on the determinants of International Financial Centres and financial activity in Hong Kong and the region, and has considerable research, industry and policy depth across all areas of finance. In partnership with its sister Department of Finance and Insurance, this effort has now led to the creation of an International Finance Research Institute, based at Lingnan but bringing together the expertise of associates in industry and in academia locally and internationally. The Economics Department’s research and expertise span broad areas of economic theory and empirical and policy work ― in international economics, finance and trade, competition policy, labour markets, housing and health policy, ageing problems and population economics. The publications by the staff members of the Economics Department have appeared in the leading journals in economics and finance such as Econometrica, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of International Economics.

Application Methods

Applicants may seek admission to the PhD programme in two ways as follows:

1. Apply for PhD Programmes via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

Lingnan is one of the universities which can nominate brilliant applicants for the Fellowship to be granted by the Research Grants Council (RGC) through the HKPFS. Each Fellowship awardee will be provided with HK$240,000/year (HK$20,000/month) and a conference/research-related travel allowance of up to HK$10,000/year for a maximum of 3 years. (US$1=HK$7.8).

To apply for admission, please make an initial application on the Admission System of the RGC at by 1 December 2015 (Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon). Each applicant will be allocated a reference number. The applicant is then required to submit a full application directly to Lingnan’s electronic system at on or before 2 December 2015. Late applications will NOT be considered.

2. Apply for PhD Programmes Directly

Applicants may also seek admission to the PhD programme by applying to the University directly. Full-time students will normally be provided with Postgraduate Studentships. The Postgraduate Studentship for a PhD student will be HK$15,150/month* (rate subject to review).
* To be raised to HK$15,460/month after confirmation of candidature.

The University invites applications from 2 November 2015 to 29 January 2016. Applicants may apply online via For details, please visit

General Admission Requirements

  1. An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of PhD should normally:
  • a. hold a master's degree awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or
  • b. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard, and have registered in a programme of study for a master's degree at a recognised tertiary education institution for at least one year and have evidence of research achievement; or
  • c. have obtained an equivalent qualification of a) or b) above; or
  • d. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.

  • Note: First degree graduates with proven research qualification or experience might be admitted direct to PhD studies ONLY UNDER EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Normally a candidate without a master's degree would not be admitted to PhD studies and he/she should register as an MPhil student in the first instance.

  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.
  2. For admission to Lingnan PhD programmes via the HKPFS, the RGC stipulated that for an applicant from a non-English speaking university, unless he/she provides proof that English is the language of instruction for all courses for the entrance qualification(s) of his/her proposed PhD programme(s), he/she is required to attach score results of TOEFL or IELTS in the PhD application. This requirement (mandatory submission of TOEFL/IELTS score results) can be exempted for applicants whose proposed PhD studies are specifically in non-English medium, e.g. Chinese. However, the applicants still have to meet the language requirements of the University as stipulated in paragraph 2 above.

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 November 16, 2015
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