MPhil in Social Science

General

Programme Description

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 MPhil is a research degree that can be pursued either as an end in itself or as a preparation to the PhD degree at either HKUST or elsewhere. While we welcome students from a variety of disciplines to apply, as befits a research degree, we do expect applicants to have a strong background in a social science discipline, and, in addition, the ability to demonstrate promising research potential through a substantial research proposal.


Research Foci

In Social Science, research focuses primarily on the evolving economy, politics, 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.

students

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

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 fulfil 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.

Last updated December 2019

About the School

Situated at the heart of Asia, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young and distinguished research university in Hong Kong. Ranked No. 30 in the World in the QS World Univ ... Read More

Situated at the heart of Asia, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young and distinguished research university in Hong Kong. Ranked No. 30 in the World in the QS World University Rankings (2018), HKUST offers a wide selection of research postgraduate studies in Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science, Environmental Studies, and Public Policy leading to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. All programmes are taught in English. Read Less