PhD Program


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Program Description

Programme Overview

HKBU School of Business offers 4-year full-time PhD across five main disciplines, namely Accountancy and Law (ACLW), Economics (ECON), Finance and Decision Sciences (FDS), Management (MGNT) and Marketing (MKT). Combining academic rigour with a resolutely international approach, these programmes are ideal for future business leaders or scholars.

PhD students work in close collaboration with world-class faculty as thesis supervisor, but also a mentor and coach to support you in this intellectual journey. Students will have the opportunity to act as a part-time lecturer in the undergraduate programme. This opportunity, available in the final year of study, is an ideal stepping stone for those seeking a career in academia. Financial assistance in various forms is available through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

Learning Goals

The Learning Goals (LGs) of the RPG Programmes (MPhil and PhD) are threefold:

  • LG1: Students will acquire advanced knowledge and theories in their areas of specialization and research skills requisite for pursuing independent research on their chosen topics.
  • LG2: Students will develop the ability with international perspective to design and conduct original research in their fields of specialization.
  • LG3: Students will be able to teach college-level courses in their areas of specialization.

Research Area

The School offers studies leading to a higher research degree:

  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

The supervision of postgraduate research students is an integral part of each Department’s activities. These students undertake full-time studies and research towards a PhD degree. Students from Hong Kong, China and overseas countries have been accepted on this programme.

The selection of areas of study and research is limited only by the student’s interests and each department’s resources. To assist prospective students in identifying possible options, the following is a list of disciplines/fields of study offered by the departments.

  • Department of Accountancy and Law
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing

Accountancy and Law

Financial Repoting; Corporate Governance; Information Disclosure; International Accounting; Auditing and Taxation


Applied Microeconomic Theory; Applied Econometrics; Development Economics; Labour Economics; Chinese Economy

Finance and Decision Sciences

Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance; Financial Derivatives and Investment Strategies; E-Business; E-Commerce; Information System Management


Organization Behavior and Managerial Psychology; Management Issues in China; Strategic Management Leadership; Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics


Consumer Behavior; Marketing Communication; Socially Responsible Marketing; Service Marketing; Global Marketing

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to provide GMAT or GRE score upon application.

Period of Study

School of Business offers a 4-year full-time PhD programme with a potential to extend to 6-year study.

Tuition Fees (PhD)

Full time

  • $42,100/academic year (UGC-funded)
  • $84,200/academic year (self-funded)
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

For more than half a century, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has been at the vanguard of business education in Asia, molding generations of business leaders. Steeped in a tradition of academic ex ... Read More

For more than half a century, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has been at the vanguard of business education in Asia, molding generations of business leaders. Steeped in a tradition of academic excellence, yet always looking forward to new intellectual horizons, HKBU prides itself in striving to always remain a true pioneer in business education. Located at the crossroads between the emerging countries of Asia and the West, HKBU is ideally situated to confront the changes impacting our world, be it the economic resurgence of China, the deepening impact of globalization or the need for new ethical standards in the age of sustainability. Read less