Lingnan University

Introduction

Lingnan is Hong Kong’s liberal arts university, whose small size, top international faculty and strong emphasis on close staff/student relations offer a unique environment for the pursuit of advanced studies in this exciting part of the world, in the areas covered by the university which are the range of disciplines in the Arts, Business and Social Sciences. Our top value is student-centered learning and hence, for graduates, to ensure close and supportive thesis supervision. At Lingnan, students establish peer-type working relationships with world-class scholars who offer expert and close-contact supervision in their respective areas.


We offer twelve popular and excellent research-based MPhil/PhD programmes. Both MPhil and PhD programmes lead to in-depth study in specific research areas as follows:

  • Arts - Chinese; Cultural Studies; English; History; Philosophy; Translation; and Visual Studies;
  • Business including Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Information Systems Management, Insurance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management ;
  • Social Sciences - Economics; Political Science; Psychology and Sociology and/or Social Policy

The University also offers eight taught postgraduate programmes to equip students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of a specific discipline; a broad multidisciplinary understanding of general knowledge, and the ability to effectively utilise knowledge at an advanced level in professional contexts and to solve real-world problems.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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PhD in Business

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Lingnan excels not only in teaching but also in research. According to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise conducted by University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong SAR, the [+]

PhD in Business Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Faculty of Business Department of Accountancy By topical area, the Accountancy Department at Lingnan in the last 6 years ranks 21st worldwide in taxation research according to a comprehensive survey “Accounting Rankings for Universities 2014” by Brigham Young University (www.byuaccounting.net) and is the leader in taxation research in Hong Kong. The Department has published tax research in top-tier academic journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting and Economics; and Journal of the American Taxation Association. The Department also ranks highly in auditing research according to the same study, and has published auditing research in the leading journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research; Review of Accounting Studies; Accounting, Organization and Society; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; and Journal of International Accounting Research. The accounting faculty also has an interest in corporate governance and ethics research. Our faculty members’ membership in the Editorial Review Board of leading research journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of the American Taxation Association is clear recognition of our research standing. Our research contributes to accounting theory and practice that offers significant insights to the accountancy profession in the Mainland and Hong Kong. Department of Computing and Decision Sciences The Department of Computing and Decision Sciences Department is one of the five departments in the Faculty of Business, specialising in teaching and research in Information Systems Management (ISM) and Operations Management (OM). It has a small group of faculty members who are among the most active researchers in Hong Kong in their specialised research areas (http://cptra.ln.edu.hk/), and who are well recognised by peers with competitive research grants and publications in high quality journals (e.g., Management Science, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetic, and Information and Management). The Department offers MPhil and PhD degree programmes in Business with a special focus on ISM and OM. We welcome motivated applicants and are fully committed to offering the best possible learning and research environment for our MPhil and PhD students. Qualified applicants are also encouraged to consider the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), a highly competitive and prestigious programme established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. Department of Finance and Insurance The Department of Finance and Insurance has seven faculty members who are active in research. Our research interests are wide ranging and use theoretical, empirical, and applied approaches. Faculty have recently completed studies on credit ratings, securities volatility and derivatives, bank lending decisions, corporate finance, and theoretical models of insurance and risk management. The findings from these studies have been published in prestigious international journals. The research students work closely with their supervisors. In addition to their theses, the students have the opportunity to work with faculty members on other research projects. Students do relevant coursework at Lingnan and at other local universities. One characteristic of our approach is that students start to work on research projects from their first term. Department of Management Lingnan’s Department of Management has developed research strengths in such major areas as conflict management, organisation studies, business ethics, cross-cultural management, and China business studies and is also exploring emerging research issues. Our research supports Lingnan University’s liberal arts mission of developing and applying knowledge for public service. We seek motivated, capable students who are committed to developing their research competence through our postgraduate programmes. Department of Marketing and International Business Our faculty received their doctoral degrees in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, or the United States. Over the years, the graduates of our programme have been gainfully employed by organisations in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. Some continue to pursue advanced studies in other prestigious universities, including Georgia State University, McGill University, Rutgers University, York University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Alberta. Our graduates have presented their research findings at international academic conferences such as the Academy of International Business Conference and Marketing Science Conference. Some of them have won such awards as “Best Graduate Student Paper” or “Best Conference Paper” at international conferences. 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) ... [-]

PhD in Chinese

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Lingnan is now offering PhD programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research various areas. [+]

PhD in Chinese Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Lingnan is now offering PhD programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research in the following areas: Chinese language, linguistics and stylistics Classical Chinese literature Comparative literature Literary theory Literature and cinema Modern and contemporary literature in Chinese (from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan) Teaching of creative writing and media writing 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).... [-]


PhD in Cultural Studies

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Established in 2000, the Department is the first and still the only place in the Chinese-speaking world with a fully interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan faculty of staff committed exclusively to the teaching and research in contemporary Cultural Studies. [+]

PhD in Cultural Studies Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Established in 2000, the Department of Cultural Studies is the first department of its kind in Asia, with a fully interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan faculty committed exclusively to teaching and research in contemporary Cultural Studies. For our post-graduate students, we provide close-contact supervision and working relationships with world-class scholars. Students can avail of travel grants to participate in conferences worldwide. We also offer various opportunities for exposure to workshops in different locations through our Inter-Asia cultural studies networks. 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) ... [-]

PhD in Economics

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

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). [+]

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). The Economics Department has been punching above its weight on research since being rated among the top 2 highest Economics Departments in Hong Kong in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2006) conducted by the Hong Kong Government, with a huge 94.13% score against an average 76.72% in Business and Economics in Hong Kong’s universities generally. 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) ... [-]

PhD in English

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Contemporary English Studies is one exciting area of teaching and research. The Department of English offers a Honours Degree programme and a postgraduate programme in Contemporary English Studies. [+]

PhD in English Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Contemporary English Studies is one exciting area of teaching and research. The Department of English offers a Honours Degree programme and a postgraduate programme in English Studies. For us, English Studies embraces the study of Contemporary Literature in English, Applied Linguistic Studies and Language Studies. We recognize English as an international discourse or lingua franca, no longer a literature and language belonging to Britain and North America. While we embrace a wide range of interests in applied linguistics, pedagogy and literary studies, we are especially strong on critical theory semiotics critical digital literacy Asian Literatures in English Neo-Victorian Studies sociolinguistics English in Hong Kong Tragic drama and tragic discourse Details of staff research and teaching expertise can be found on the departmental website: www.LN.edu.hk/eng/people.php. The Department is deeply committed to Lingnan’s ethos of ‘student-centred learning’ and ‘teaching the whole person’. For postgraduates it offers: regular, attentive and highly supportive supervision high-quality research support, with excellent library and computing facilities vigorous and friendly discussions in seminars and informally financial support to attend conferences and for archival research research links with similar departments internationally opportunities for undergraduate teaching collegial relations with staff who welcome and value our postgraduates 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) ... [-]

PhD in History

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Among the senior faculty, our Chair Professor, Richard Davis, specializes in middle-period China (Five Dynasties to Song period). His publications touch upon cultural history, historiography, and political history. [+]

PhD in History Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong The Department of History at Lingnan currently has nine full time faculty members, and their research areas cover pre-modern and modern Chinese history, history of Hong Kong, modern British and European history, history of Russia and Central Asia, and American history. The Department is particularly interested in recruiting students who are interested in transnational history. Professor Han Xiaorong is a specialist of 20th century Chinese and Vietnamese history, focusing on peasant movements, ethnic relations, and regional interactions and integration. Professor Liu Guanglin, William’s research focuses on Chinese economic history, political economy of late Imperial China, Chinese military history, Neo-Confucianism and the market economy in a historical perspective. Associate Professor Grace Ai-Ling Chou is a specialist in Hong Kong and Chinese intellectual and educational history. Her recent work has expanded to include the British Empire and its educational heritage in other former Asian colonies in Southeast Asia, with a comparative focus on the Mediterranean. She also researches the cultural and educational aspects of the Cold War in Asia, within a broader context of the history of East-West interactions. Associate Professor Mark Hampton is a specialist of 19th and 20th century Britain, media history in particular. His recent work has shifted to imperial culture: Hong Kong’s place in 20th century British culture, when Hong Kong was a colony of Britain. He is part of a cluster of History faculty who work with Hong Kong and South China. Associate Professor Lau Chi-pang is a specialist of Hong Kong History, Ming and Qing China, Modern China, Chinese Intellectual History. Associate Professor Niccolò Pianciola specialises in late Tsarist and early Soviet history in Central Asia. His works have dealt with the management of ethnic diversity, forced population transfers, and policies of agricultural colonisation and socio-economic transformation. Assistant Professor Diana Lemberg specialises in Twentieth-century U.S. history, twentieth-century European history, colonial and imperial formations, human-rights history, cultural history, history of technology, and global English. 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) ... [-]

PhD in Philosophy

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has 15 members. They cover all the main areas in philosophy in their research and teaching, including aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, history of Chinese and Western philosophy, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. [+]

PhD in Philosophy Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has 13 members. They cover all the main areas in philosophy in their research and teaching, including aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, history of Chinese and Western philosophy, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. The work of Lingnan philosophers has been published by leading publishers (like Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press) and in top journals (like British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Mind, Nous, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Science). Given the breadth and high quality of research done by Lingnan philosophers, the Department is one of the best places in Asia for undertaking doctoral studies in philosophy, especially in analytic philosophy. The Department is a place of lively philosophical exchanges in our regular staff seminars and even more in informal and frequent debates on an ad hoc basis. 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) ... [-]

PhD in Political Sciences

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Internationally-experienced faculty members have quality publication records and some are recognised as experts in their fields of study. Faculty members in the Political Science Department specialise in a wide range of sub-disciplines, such as the governance and public policies of Hong Kong and China, Asian-Pacific international relations, regional and global politics, public policy and environmental studies. [+]

PhD in Political Sciences Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Internationally-experienced faculty members have quality publication records and some are recognised as experts in their fields of study. Faculty members in the Political Science Department specialise in a wide range of sub-disciplines, such as the governance and public policies of Hong Kong and China, Asian-Pacific international relations, regional and global politics, public policy and environmental studies. Particular strengths in instruction and supervision include Chinese reform politics, regionalism, global environmental politics, sport-politics nexus, Chinese foreign and security policies, Korean peninsula politics, and democratization in Asia. 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) ... [-]

PhD in Psychology

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Teaching and research in the Department of Applied Psychology cover many exciting areas, including occupational health psychology, positive psychology, applied social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, cognitive psychology, work-life balance, and human-computer interaction, etc. [+]

PhD in Psychology Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Teaching and research in the Department of Applied Psychology cover many exciting areas, including occupational health psychology, positive psychology, applied social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, cognitive psychology, and human-computer interaction, etc. Members of staff have internationally recognised expertise in the areas of: Occupational health psychology (occupational stress, work-life balance, psychology of safety, job insecurity) Positive psychology (positive emotion, positive leadership, psychological capital including resilience, self-efficacy, optimism and hope.) Cross-cultural psychology Applied social psychology Interpersonal communication Human error, human-computer interaction Human cognition Sensation and perception 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) ... [-]

PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines (http://www.ln.edu.hk/socsp/). 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. [+]

PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy Duration: 3 or 4 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 (http://www.ln.edu.hk/socsp/). 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 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) ... [-]

PhD in Translation

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

The Department of Translation at Lingnan is one of the largest in Hong Kong, with some of the best translation scholars in the Chinese speaking world. It has long been recognised as one of the top translation departments in Greater China, following a proud tradition of... [+]

PhD in Translation Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong The Department of Translation at Lingnan is one of the largest in Hong Kong, with some of the best translation scholars in the Chinese speaking world. It has long been recognised as one of the top translation departments in Greater China, following a proud tradition of excellence in scholarship and teaching. In recent years, professors in the Department have published extensively in many important international journals. Our very strength is in translation theory and members bring their interdisciplinary interests to their research, which reflects the developments of Translation Studies. We are affiliated with two translation journals: Translation Quarterly and Translation and Cross-Cultural Studies. Earlier this year, the Head of Department was also appointed as the 2017 CETRA Chair Professor of Translation by the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Belgium. In addition, the Department is uniquely endowed with a capacity to explore problems related to English-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-English translation. The Department offers not only opportunities for research on many aspects of Translation Studies, but also a well-developed and congenial community that provides strong support to its graduate students in advancing their intellectual development as they proceed through the PhD programme. Our former PhD students have become eminent professors at such prestigious institutions as Tsinghua University and Shanghai International Studies University. The PhD programme is a vigorous one aiming to prepare our students to meet effectively the research tasks that will be required of them in their future academic careers. 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) ... [-]

PhD in Visual Studies

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Visual Studies at Lingnan is a stand-alone department focusing on the following core sub-disciplines: art history, cognitive film studies, and philosophical aesthetics. [+]

PhD in Visual Studies Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Visual Studies at Lingnan is a stand-alone department focusing on the following core sub-disciplines: art history, cognitive film studies, and philosophical aesthetics. The emphasis on philosophical aesthetics gives Visual Studies at Lingnan a unique profile, as does the emphasis on cognitive approaches to film, museum studies, art and well-being and Chinese art. For more information about our department, please visit http://www.ln.edu.hk/visual/. 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) ... [-]

Contact

Address Castle Peak Road 8
New Territories Hong Kong
Website http://www.ln.edu.hk/admissions/postgraduate
Phone (852) 2616 8750