PhD in Economics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Description

PhD in Economics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Department of Economics emphasizes both teaching and research and sees them as mutually reinforcing. Faculty members are encouraged to engage in important research that leads to publication in leading international journals. Faculty members are also encouraged to apply rigorous methodologies to local economic issues that are of high academic value.

Faculty members in the Department are highly regarded and their accomplishments are formally recognized in several studies of productivity in economics research. In 2012, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by Shanghai Jiaotong University, ranked the Department as No. 1 in Asia and No. 48 in the world. Also in 2012, the EDUNIVERSAL Best Masters Ranking rated the Department as No. 1 in Far East Asia.

The Center for Economic Development was established in 1995 with support from the Department. Its goals are to support research on the process of economic development, with emphasis on economic development in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region. Some of the department’s members are active in the School's multidisciplinary Center for Experimental Business Research.

The Ph.D. program is a research-oriented degree program. It is designed to enable students to concentrate in a specialized field and to provide them the opportunity to do original, fundamental research in that field. The program prepares students for a teaching and/or research career in universities, research institutions, businesses and in the government.

The Ph.D. program focuses on original research by the student, but also requires course-work. Doctoral students proceed from admission to the program, to candidacy for the degree, and then to defense of the thesis. Each has a thesis supervisor who oversees the student's research. Students obtain candidacy by successfully completing a qualifying examination. A full-time student making good progress is expected to be able to complete the Ph.D. degree in four years. The first two years of the program will normally be devoted to coursework, leading to the major field examination and a research paper. After that, the student will begin to write the thesis.

Research Foci

Besides microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, the Department's research areas focus on: economic growth and development, industrial organization, international economics, China economy, experimental and behavioral economics, and labor economics.

Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

ii. English Language Admission Requirements

You have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:

  • TOEFL-iBT 80
  • TOEFL-PBT 550
  • TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
  • IELTS (Academic Module)
    • For 2019/20 Admissions: Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-scores: 5.5
    • For 2018/19 Admissions: Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.

iii. Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a satisfactory score in GMAT or GRE, on top of (i) and (ii) above

Application Deadlines

For 2019/20 Fall Term Intake:

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 15 Jan 2019
Part-time: 15 Jan 2019

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jan 2019
Part-time: 15 Jan 2019

* Applicants who need a student visa/ entry permit to study in Hong Kong, are considered as Non-Local Students. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 20, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
3 - 6 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
42,100 HKD
per year
Locations
Hong Kong - Hong Kong
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