The University offers 25 MPhil and PhD Programmes in Arts, Business, Social Sciences and Science disciplines. In addition to admission to our PhD in Business programme, the University also has popular research-based 2-year MPhil in Business programme.
To offer more diversified learning opportunities, especially for interdisciplinary research studies, the University has been actively seeking collaborative opportunities with overseas universities. In the 2021-22 academic year, the University has launched the "Double PhD Degree Programme in Economics" with Wuhan University (WHU), China and the "PhD Programmes with Joint Supervision" with Shenzhen University (SZU), China in the research areas related to International Relations and Development Studies. More collaborative programmes are currently in the pipeline. Details can be referred to www.LN.edu.hk/sgs/docs/pgrad/coll_prog.php.
Faculty of Business
Department of AccountancyThe Accountancy Department at Lingnan has the overall ranking of 150 worldwide based on accounting research publications in the last six years according to a comprehensive survey “Accounting Rankings for Universities 2020” by Brigham Young University (www.byuaccounting.net). By topical areas, our research in taxation, financial accounting and auditing are ranked 68, 98, 150 worldwide respectively. This is a great achievement given the small scale of the department. The Department has published research in top-tier academic journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting and Economics; Contemporary Accounting Research; Review of Accounting Studies; Accounting, Organization and Society; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. 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 SciencesThe Department of Computing and Decision Sciences is one of the five departments in the Faculty of Business, specialising in teaching and research in Data Science (DS), 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, Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, and Information and Management).
The Department offers MPhil and PhD degree programmes in Business with a special focus on DS, 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 InsuranceThe 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 ManagementLingnan's Department of Management has developed research strengths in major areas as conflict management, organisation studies, business ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship, 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 BusinessOur 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.