social science

At HKUST, we offer the largest interdisciplinary university-level programme in humanities and social science in Mainland China and Greater China and the only one to have an explicit, programme-wide, comparative focus as exemplified by our innovative Global China Studies degrees.

Like every university of excellence, we are dedicated to research and teaching. What sets us apart from our peers is our explicit focus on global, especially North American and Chinese, best practice in teaching, graduate training and placement, and our own research.

The PhD in Social Science prepares students who wish to pursue a career in academia, policy research or consultancy related to the affairs of society, polity, or economy, broadly conceived. As with MPhil students, PhD students are assigned a thesis advisor and provided with a postgraduate studentship that carries with it the responsibilities of teaching/research assistance.

Typically, students may choose to specialize either in the field of Political Economy, which covers areas of specialization in politics, economics, regional geography, international relations and Science, Technology and Society (STS), or Social Relations and its attendant specialization in the disciplines of sociology, psychology, anthropology, and demography. To ensure that our PhD graduates have strong research skills, students are required to take the following four compulsory methodology courses regardless of their field of specialization.

Research Foci

In Social Science, research focuses primarily on the evolving economy, polity, and society of Mainland China. Specific topics encompass economic reforms and development, social stratification and mobility, contentious politics, foreign policy and relations, historical demography and migration, environmental policy, emotions, and the Chinese personality, as well as broad issues pertaining to gender, culture and the role of innovation and technology in society.

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Program information for 2020/21 is now ready at pg.ust.hk/programs.

Admission Requirements

i. General Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have:

  • obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.

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) Overall score: 6.5 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.

#refers to the total score in one single attempt

Application Deadlines

Please refer to pg.ust.hk/programs ("Application") for details.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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