Admissions Handbook

2012 Entry

Research Degree Programmes

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (Research Degree and Professional Doctorate Programmes) City University of Hong Kong Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon Hong Kong Enquiries Tel Fax Email Website

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August 2011 The information contained in this Handbook is correct at the time of printing in August 2011. Please note that there may be changes to the information from time to time without prior notification. Applicants may contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies if they have any queries. This Handbook is provided for information and to facilitate research degree applications and does not form part of a contract between any person and the University.

Contents
1 INTRODUCTION ...........................................................................................................1 1.1 City University of Hong Kong .............................................................................1 1.2 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies......................................................1 ADMISSIONS .................................................................................................................3 2.1 Entrance Requirements ........................................................................................3 2.2 English Proficiency Requirements .......................................................................3 2.3 Application Period ...............................................................................................5 2.4 Application Procedures ........................................................................................5 2.5 Funding Sources of Support for Research Studies ..............................................6 2.6 Application Fee ....................................................................................................7 2.7 Use of Application Information ...........................................................................7 2.8 Change of Contact Information after Submission of Application .......................7 2.9 Applicants with Physical or Other Disabilities ....................................................8 2.10 Enrolment .............................................................................................................8 2.11 Enquiries ..............................................................................................................8 RESEARCH AREAS FOR MPHIL/PHD PROGRAMMES ..........................................9 3.1 College of Business..............................................................................................9 3.2 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences........................................................11 3.3 College of Science and Engineering ....................................................................13 3.4 School of Creative Media ....................................................................................16 3.5 School of Energy and Environment .....................................................................16 3.6 School of Law ......................................................................................................17 RESEARCH DEGREE PROGRAMMES .......................................................................20 4.1 Programme Aims and Structure ...........................................................................20 4.2 Study Period and Residence Requirement ...........................................................20 4.3 Report Submission ...............................................................................................21 4.4 Medium of Instruction/Assessment and Thesis Presentation ..............................21 4.5 Award of MPhil/PhD Degree...............................................................................22 FINANCIAL AWARDS/ASSISTANCE ........................................................................23 5.1 Postgraduate Studentship .....................................................................................23 5.2 Research Tuition Scholarship ..............................................................................23 5.3 Conference Grant .................................................................................................24 5.4 Research Activities Fund .....................................................................................24 5.5 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships .................24 5.6 Government Grants and Loans and External Financial Awards/Assistance .......24 MERIT AWARDS IN RECOGNITION OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ..............25 6.1 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships ................................25 6.2 Outstanding Academic Performance Award .......................................................25 6.3 Outstanding Research Thesis Awards Scheme ....................................................25 FEES FOR 2012-2013 .....................................................................................................26

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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT TO STUDENTS’ STUDIES .......27 8.1 Student Accommodation ......................................................................................27 8.2 Student Development Services ............................................................................27 INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FROM OVERSEAS AND THE CHINESE MAINLAND ..................................................................................................28 9.1 Definition of Non-local Applicants .....................................................................28 9.2 Student Visa/Entry Permit ...................................................................................28 9.3 Personal Accident and Medical Insurance / Travel Insurance .............................28 9.4 Mainland and External Affairs Office .................................................................28 9.5 Cost of Living ......................................................................................................28

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Appendix 1: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences ..........................................................29 Appendix 2: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Creative Media .......................................................................................30 Appendix 3: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Energy and Environment ........................................................................32 Appendix 4: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Law .........................................................................................................33 Appendix 5: Research Degree Programme Structure of the College of Business .......................36

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City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry

hk) The University provides a modern teaching and learning environment with the latest design in educational technology to support quality teaching and research activities. The University continuously strives to promote this important area of postgraduate education. Taught postgraduate programmes are offered for different professional needs. 1 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . Moreover. Sharing responsibility for postgraduate studies with departments.edu. please visit our website (http://www. Mission of SGS The mission of SGS is to promote excellence in postgraduate education and ensure consistency and high standards across the University.1 INTRODUCTION City University of Hong Kong Established in 1984.edu.hk/cupa. More information about the Association is available at: http://www. SGS defines and administers university-wide regulations for postgraduate education.cityu. CityU Postgraduate Association. colleges and schools. The School is committed to providing an environment conducive to learning for postgraduate students. of which over 5.edu.cityu. The University currently has a student enrolment of over 17. To provide a better focus for the further development of its postgraduate programmes. and was named the "Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies" in 2006. 1. Students’ halls (http://www. The School received a generous donation from Dr Chow Yei Ching.hk/sro/) are also available on campus to provide students with residential accommodation and an avenue for academic and cultural exchange. and operating through a system of collegial governance. SGS coordinates and offers strategic direction to the University’s taught and research postgraduate provision. The University also has an official postgraduate student body. diverse areas of study are provided to suit individuals’ research interests. namely. consultation and leadership. Its programmes provide a wide range of learning opportunities from undergraduate and postgraduate studies to continuing education. a wide range of facilities and services are provided to support students’ studies and recreational activities.000 (excluding sub-degree students). the University established the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in 1994.1 1. hi-tech institution committed to providing a quality learning environment for its students and the community.cityu.900 are postgraduates. The School aims to provide better coordination and strategic direction to ensure the continued development of postgraduate studies at the University. On the research study side. with its membership covering both research and taught postgraduate students. City University of Hong Kong is a modern. Its principal role is to facilitate the educational experience of its postgraduate students. The Association serves as a communication channel between postgraduate students and the University.2 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Postgraduate education facilitates the advancement of knowledge and provides high-level academic education and professional training to cater for the society’s needs. For more information about the University and its academic and supporting units.

As Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies. advice and information. The Board of Graduate Studies reports to Senate on matters relating to postgraduate teaching and learning. namely the Committee on Taught Postgraduate Programmes (CTPP) and the Committee on Research Degrees Candidature (CRDC). equity. examinations and graduation. fairness. PhD and professional doctorate programmes. supports diversity. student forums and workshops. including student admissions and student financial support. supervision. encourages a close and positive relationship between research and graduate training. It has a role to develop. The CTPP oversees matters related to taught postgraduate programmes as assigned by the Board of Graduate Studies. Leadership and Quality A Board of Graduate Studies was established to review and make recommendations on the Academic Regulations. The School Secretary and a team of administrative staff provides overall administrative support for postgraduate studies. organizes services and financial assistance to postgraduate students. organizes reviews and develops performance standards. They provide academic guidance for programme development. study and research progress.SGS also provides expertise. student statistics as well as publications relating to postgraduate studies. the Dean of Graduate Studies plays a role in managing the quality of postgraduate programmes. while the CRDC oversees the admission. There are two sub-committees under the Board of Graduate Studies. and represents the foundation of postgraduate education at CityU in the wider academic and general community. 2 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . Governance. implement. planning and decision making in the School. rules and procedures governing all postgraduate programmes and studies. progress and examination of candidates for the MPhil. and ethical conduct in postgraduate education. oversees the design and delivery of programmes. research conferences and seminars. Administrative Structure of SGS The Dean and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies oversee the School and the coordination and management of postgraduate education within the University. monitor and review policy pertaining to postgraduate work.

1.3 In addition to the above.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).1 Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and individual Colleges and Schools. The University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for research degree programmes is 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computerbased test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band score of 6. 3 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .1. 2.1 Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements: (a) Master of Philosophy (MPhil)  hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.1.2 2. 2.2.1 ADMISSIONS Entrance Requirements 2.2 English Proficiency Requirements 2. or hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.2 Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the University. or hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university. 2. individual Departments and Schools may prescribe further entrance requirements. (b) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)     be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD candidature. or hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university. Equivalent qualifications are also acceptable.

(e) School of Energy and Environment  a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). or  a score of 490 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6.2 In addition to the University’s requirement as given above. (Please note that individual Departments in the College may adopt a higher standard. (Please note that individual Departments in the College may adopt a higher standard. or  other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based).5.2.5 in IELTS with 6 in any skill. or  other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based). or  a minimum overall band score of 7 in IELTS.) (c) College of Science and Engineering  a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). (b) College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). or  band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test.5. or  a score of 490 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6. or  an overall band score of 6. or  a minimum IELTS score of 6. or equivalent acceptable qualifications. or  other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). or  a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in IELTS. or  band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test. suitable for their disciplines as follows: (a) College of Business  a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based). or  band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test. or  a minimum overall band score of 6. or  other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). or  other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based).) (d) School of Creative Media  a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). (f) School of Law  a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based).2. 4 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . individual Colleges and Schools have set a higher standard.

) 2. if applicable (Certificates that are not in English should be accompanied by a formal certified translation in English.3.hk/sgs/oas). [Applicants to the School of Law must also submit a self-assessment (of not more than 400 words) of their publications together with full copies of their best three publications.3.(The School has stipulated a validity period of three years for results of the above tests.4 Application Procedures be made online at our website 2. The application deadline for 2012 is 31 January 2012 and the application results will be announced in early April 2012. if applicable (see pages 3-5). 2. applicants are required to: (a) complete an online application form. 2.4.edu. if applicable) the front page of the papers (for papers that have been published) or the letter of acceptance (for papers that have been accepted for publication).2 Final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students who are expected to complete their studies in 2012 can also apply in the above admission round. applicants may send in a copy of their score record or arrange City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .1 Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be considered mainly in one admission round. it must be accompanied by an abstract in English. 2. [For TOEFL results. Where any publication so submitted is in a language other than English.] certificates of professional qualifications. a conditional offer may be granted to suitable applicants.cityu.) [Applicants who obtained degrees from institutions that gave degree classification and/or grade point average but are not shown in the certificate or transcript are required to also send copies of any other official documents that indicate their formal degree classification or grade point average. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the three years preceding their application. and (c) upload the image of the following supporting documents through the online application system: (i) official certificates and transcripts of academic qualifications (Certificates and transcripts that are not in English should be accompanied by a formal certified translation in English.] 5 (ii) (iii) (iv) international English language test results.1 Applications for admission should (http://www.4.) (in support of the applicant’s publication record. and (b) pay application fee through online credit card payment.3 Application Period 2.2 To apply for admission.

edu.4 Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their proposed research area with the relevant coordinator (see pages 18-19) before submitting an application.4.5 Funding Sources of Support for Research Studies Research studies can be undertaken on a government-funded or a self-financing basis. Please send the Referee’s Report Form (available at http://www.6 CityU staff seeking admission to a research degree programme should follow the normal admission procedures. and programme requirements for these two types of students are the same. Full-time academic staff. 2. entrance and English proficiency requirements.4. self-financing students are not eligible to apply for financial awards (e. Quotas for government-funded places for each university in Hong Kong are also set by the government. Qualified full-time candidates admitted to a research degree programme will be considered for postgraduate studentship supported by government fund or external funds. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 6 . In addition. 3 and 4: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences School of Creative Media School of Energy and Environment School of Law     (d) nominate two academic referees who can comment on their academic performances (proposed supervisor and persons from non-academic circles are normally not acceptable as academic referees). Government-funded students are required to pay tuition fees at a rate set by the government. Teaching Fellows and Instructors of the University are not allowed to pursue a research degree in their own Department/School under the supervision of colleagues from the same Department/School.3 Please note that incomplete submission may delay the processing of the application. Please refer to the respective guidelines for preparing a research proposal given in Appendices 1.5 To facilitate verification of academic qualifications. students admitted onto research degree programmes may be required to arrange for the relevant institutions to send the University an original copy of their official transcript for the bachelor’s and/or postgraduate degree(s) they have obtained.] (v) For applicants applying for admission to the following College/School. 2. 2. a research proposal with clear objectives and proposed methodology is required. subject to the availability of student quota and funding. research tuition scholarships.hk/sgs/rpg/adm) to the referees and invite them to complete the form and return it directly to the School under confidential cover.4. Tuition fee levels and entitlement to financial awards and services are different for these two types of students. reflecting the different sources of funding.) financed by government funds.4. Applicants should indicate their intention to pursue government-funded or self-financing studies in their application form.cityu. etc. As self-financing places are not subsidised. these students are required to pay a higher level of tuition fees. conference grants. 2.g.with the TOEFL service centre to send the record directly to the University (Institution Code: 3401). 2. The application procedures. postgraduate studentships. 2.

to the parties concerned for processing the visa/entry permit application. 2.2 Applications will not be processed if the payment of the application fee has not been settled.edu. please state clearly your name and application/on-line form reference number.7 2.7.7.6.1 Use of Application Information The information provided in the application form will be used for the following purposes: (a) (b) as a basis for various types of processing in relation to your application. self-financing basis. please write to the School.7.Applicants who have not obtained a research master’s degree or a master’s degree with a thesis/project/dissertation before admission are admitted for direct entry to 4-year PhD studies. as a basis for selection of applicants for admission to research degree programmes offered by the University and for other relevant or related purposes. To obtain more details about this. Settlement of the application fee shall be made via online credit card payment. 7 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . 2.3 Any false information and misrepresentation will result in disqualification of the applicant for admission to the University.2 For non-local candidates who need to apply for a student visa/an entry permit for the purpose of studying in Hong Kong. a copy of their academic transcripts and certificates may be sent. 2. for identifying multiple applications and checking records of academic/professional qualifications with the parties concerned.6 Application Fee 2. or a combination of both.8 Change of Contact Information after Submission of Application Please inform the School immediately in writing or through e-mail (sg@cityu. (c) (d) 2. The funding support can be on UGC-funded basis.4 In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. and for transferring information to the student records system of the University. 2. 2. on request.hk) of any changes to your correspondence address and contact phone number during the application period. applicants have the right to access all personal information relevant to their application and the right to correct the personal information contained in the application form. if and when the application is successful.6. In the notification. Applicants are advised to contact the Department/School concerned for details of financial arrangements.7. 2.1 A non-refundable application fee of HK$200 will be charged for each online application.

however. If they have any queries in this regard or wish to have information on facilities available for people with disabilities generally.5 Students are not allowed to register simultaneously in another programme of study in the University or in any other institution without the prior permission of the School.9 Applicants with Physical or Other Disabilities The admission of an applicant to a programme is based on academic criteria and any other entrance requirements specified by individual Departments and Schools.2 Upon registration. if so recommended by the supervisor.cityu. Such applicants. 2. Those who fail to do so will be deemed to have declined the offer. they should consult the relevant coordinator (see pages 18-19). students are required to produce for verification the original copy of the supporting documents for qualifications claimed in the application form. (The School may approve the first day of other months.2. please contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies: Telephone: Fax: E-mail: Website: By mail: (852) 3442-9076 (852) 3442-0332 sg@cityu. 2. 2.hk/sgs/rpg/admission Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (Research Degree and Professional Doctorate Programmes) City University of Hong Kong Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon Hong Kong 8 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .10.edu.10.10. Applicants with physical or other disabilities can choose not to declare their disability at the application stage.10. 2. are advised to select programmes with which they are physically able to cope.6 Full-time students are not allowed to undertake full-time jobs without the prior approval of the School. This also applies to students who are interrupting their studies or on study leave.hk http://www.4 Non-local students should inform the School of the expected arrival date immediately after the approval of their student visa/entry permit.) 2. 2.10.edu.10 Enrolment 2.1 Applicants on being informed of acceptance must pay the required fees and register in person with the School within the prescribed period.10.3 The commencement date of candidature is normally 1 September to fit with the beginning of an academic year and a semester.11 Enquiries For further information. 2.

3 RESEARCH AREAS FOR MPHIL/PHD PROGRAMMES The University offers research degree studies in a wide range of research areas and places strong emphasis on research postgraduate education in professional fields and particularly in the following twelve selected research areas which demonstrate international competitiveness or are of strategic importance:             Applied Mathematics Bioengineering. the impact of political connections on accounting quality. Internet Marketing and Financial Services Electronic Engineering Environmental Science. Department of Accountancy Research in accounting covers a broad spectrum of issues in the areas of financial accounting.1 College of Business The College of Business aims to be a key business education hub – in China for the world. auditing. institutional infrastructures. EQUIS and AMBA. and cross-country or international settings as they relate to ownership structures.S. accounting conservatism. Molecular and Life Science Chinese and Comparative Law Computer Science. With a team of about 180 faculty members recruited from around the world. Research degree studies at CityU are offered in three Colleges and three Schools covering a wide range of strategic areas to suit individuals’ research interests. (2) Accounting disclosure issues such as disclosure and audit quality. earnings management. information environments. Energy and Built Environment Knowledge and Innovation Management Language. auditing. The major foci in the department include: (1) Corporate governance. 3. external monitoring issues in the China. the six academic departments in the College will admit and nurture research students in a diverse range of interdisciplinary research areas.. accounting standards harmonization and foreign investment flows. and audit pricing. economic consequences of internal control City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 9 . U. The College is also ranked the Top 100 Business Schools based on its research contribution according to UTD World Rankings of Business Schools. (3) Emerging issues in accounting research such as the role of accounting disclosures and audit quality in the debt market or debt contracting. Creative Media E-Business. Our demonstrated strength and international competitiveness in some main research areas are listed below. voluntary disclosures or management earnings guidance. The College is amongst a small group of elite business schools worldwide that are triple accredited by AACSB International. Communication and Creativity Materials Science and Engineering Policy and Administration Sustainable Manufacturing The University also promotes and encourages interdisciplinary research in order to synergise our expertise and research strengths. information flows along the supply chain. legal regimes. economic consequences of corporate tax avoidance. and corporate governance.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A). FDI and global sourcing. (5) Strategic Management: Strategic Management. Organizational Justice. Innovation & Creativity. Department of Management Research foci/expertise in the Department include: (1) Human Resources Management: Chinese Human Resource Management. Capital raising. Energy and environmental economics. Methodologies employed in IS research accordingly cover a broad range from technical to behavioural (both qualitative and quantitative). Real investment. Hedging. International Organizational Behaviour. Derivatives pricing. International financial crises. In this sense. International financial management. Equity returnrisk relationship. International migration. MNC Control and Staffing. Structural change. Industrial organization. Strategic Management of Financial Resources. Intercultural Communication. (4) International Business: International Management. Restructuring. Business Ethics. 10 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . Organizational Change. Knowledge Management topics include aspects of design and evaluation of technological support for creation and use of knowledge. Corporate Social Responsibility. IS deals with aspects of the creation of information systems as well as evaluation in a variety of business. job attitudes. government and societal contexts. (6) Investments and Capital Markets: Financial investments. Globalization. Exchange rate misalignments. Competitive & Cooperative Strategy. Corporate Governance and Political Strategy in Transitional Economies (China). accounting quality versus credit quality. Intellectual property protection. Fiscal and monetary policy. Recruitment & Selection. Psychology of biculturals. Anomalies.reporting. Department of Information Systems Research in Information Systems (IS) integrates technical and behavioural perspectives in addressing the effective and efficient use of information technology. EBusiness and Internet Marketing deals mainly with business models. Contract theory. accounting determinants of stock price crash risk. The College of Business areas of research expertise in Knowledge Management as well as E-Business and Internet Marketing are especially germane to IS. (6) Corporate Social Responsibility: Business Ethics. Sociology of Work. Term structure of interest rates. Risk & Uncertainty. Leadership. Real estate and urban economics. Financial engineering. Political economy. Credit risk management. Strategy and Policy. Coaching. Department of Economics and Finance Research expertise of the Department includes: (1) International Economics: Trade policy. Financial services and intermediation. Social Constructionism. (4) Corporate Finance: Capital structure. Market microstructure. and competitiveness. (2) Organizational Behaviour: Organization Theory. Payout policy. Culture and cognition. Stakeholder Management. New Product Forecasting. Selection and Assessment. Conflict Resolution and negotiation. Capital mobility. virtual teams. Purchasing power parity. international alliances. Cross-Cultural Research Methods. Firm-bank relationship. (3) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management: New Product Management. Decision-making. (2) Microeconomics: Game theory. effectiveness. Japanese management practices. Endogenous growth. processes and systems enabled by Web-based technologies. Comparative Management. (5) Asset Pricing: Equilibrium asset pricing. IS research is especially concerned with socio-technical issues surrounding the application of web-based technologies in business and organizations for improving efficiency. Training & Development. Mergers and acquisitions. Corporate governance and control. tax complexity and tax compliance. (3) Macroeconomics: Business cycles. Fund management. entrepreneurship.

Japan. Education. Our ambition to excel in teaching is matched by our commitment to outstanding research output at the PhD. Corporate social responsibility. (3) Environmental Politics & Society: Environmental law and governance. foreign direct investment in China. Regionalism. governance strategy between buyers and suppliers. quality management. and online retailing. Energy security. In the QS World University Rankings. (6) Cultural Influences on Consumer Behaviors: How consumers from different cultures behave differently. and Sociology. (2) Development and Social Change: Economic development. Identity. Indonesia. (2) Multinational Corporate Strategy and Strategic Marketing: International strategic alliance. Democratization. Chinese and Japanese foreign policy. (4) Comparative Politics of East/Southeast Asia: Political development. and nationalism. India. Social movements. Institutions/constitutions. the Philippines. (5) Asian Political Economy & Security: International relations of the Asia-Pacific. global sourcing strategy. Critical thought similarly drives the research culture that permeates the College. Welfare regimes. sociology. Urban sustainability. Regime types. Thailand. Disaster management. branding. market research. Country studies of China. English. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 11 . International political economy. robust optimization. (2) Business statistics in a broad sense. online advertising. survival analysis. Asian regional governance. Politics/policy of climate change. planning and scheduling. Cultural studies. and simulation. United States international economic relations. Vietnam. and econometrics. Malaysia. Tourism. and application of network theory on business relationships. Environmental activism. State-society relations. flexible individuals equipped with the capabilities necessary to their future lives and careers. post-doctoral and senior scholar levels. Department of Marketing Research foci/expertise in the Department include: (1) Business Markets: Forming channel relationships. statistical modeling. international HRM. 3. Migration and diasporas. Politics and International Studies.Department of Management Sciences Research expertise in the Department can be grouped into two streams: (1) Operations and supply chain management in a broad sense. Entrepreneurship and innovation. the College ranked in the top 100 in Linguistics. (7) Consumer Socialization: How socialization shapes consumer behaviors. Myanmar. robust estimation. the top-quality research produced by the College faculty members underlies our commitment to innovative and internationally recognized teaching. Department of Asian and International Studies The core disciplines of the Department are political science. eyquitcontrol and organizational learning. which ranges from very theory oriented research such as optimization. and interdisciplinary research between operations and marketing/finance/accounting. social media. (3) Internet Marketing: Online consumer behavior. Gender. ethnicity. game theory. sustainability. to more applied research such as inventory control. (4) China Marketing and Chinese Culture: Dao De Jing.2 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences The mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is to ensure the provision of quality courses for students across a range of subject areas in the liberal arts and social sciences. financial engineering. Indeed. Non-governmental organizations. which includes business intelligence. and anthropology. The education and training we provide in the liberal arts and social sciences fosters well-rounded. Research focus/expertise in the department include: (1) Global Studies: Globalization.

family therapy. intercultural communication. political campaigns. social media. school bullying. Chinese Linguistics. Linguistics and Literature. gang and outreach youth work. Translation and Linguistics Research focus and expertise in the Department include: (1) Chinese Language. leading areas of research include Asian diaspora literature. Department of Media and Communication Research focus/expertise in the Department includes: (1) New Media Technology: diffusion. Functional Linguistics. gender. creativity. Heritage Management. pragmatics. In linguistics. working with children. First/Second Language Acquisition. (3) Social Work: Casework. marriage enrichment. family violence. crime prevention. (2) Comparative Literature. Japanese and Korean Linguistics. and Translation Studies. use. organized crime. corpus linguistics. youth. Pragmatics. creativity. labour. Tibeto-Burman Linguistics. (5) Media Psychology and Effects: cognitive processing. fashion studies. policing. volunteerism. cyber crime. Chinese criminology. social work management and supervision. Korean Studies. English in China. Lexicography. Terminology. Japanese Studies. Department of Chinese. creative writing. (3) Linguistics and Language Technology: Applied Linguistics. policy and regulation. key areas of research include applied linguistics. media organizations. computer-mediated communication. Philosophy of Linguistics. and (4) Translation. (4) Counselling: Cognitive behavioural therapy. Linguistics and Communication. Classical Chinese Literature. (4) Political Communication: public opinion. Classical Chinese Language. juvenile delinquency. ethnicity. Language and Society: Computer-aided Translation. Computational Linguistics. language policy and planning. Translation and Literature. Conversation Analysis and its Application. and world Englishes. groupwork. Department of English Research strengths in the Department include expertise in English linguistics. conflict management and mediation. East Asian Studies of Literature and Culture. Phonetics. Syntax. literary studies. and effects of Internet. contemporary narrative and aesthetics. youth justice. Literature and Culture: Chinese Classical Studies (jingxue). literary genres. Chinese-Western Comparative Literature. Language and Law. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 12 . narrative therapy. journalists and professionalism. Contrastive Linguistics. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. interface design. life writing. Cross-cultural Studies and Heritage Management: Asian Literatures in English. elderly and family. Morphology. humor. health psychology. language and law. Text Linguistics. family. children’s literature. Chinese Culture. and cultural studies. (2) Psychology: Self concept. multimodality. community work. In literary and cultural studies. civic participation. and popular culture. Semantics. genre analysis. cross-cultural communication. Chinese Philosophy. sociolinguistics. Asian Englishes. positive ageing. Linguistics and Cultural Studies. news production. discourse analysis. anti-corruption. parent education and support. (3) International and Global Communication: comparative media systems. Prosody. aggression. Sociolinguistics.Department of Applied Social Studies Research focus/expertise in the Department include: (1) Applied Sociology: Civil society. Chinese Literary Criticism. Machine Translation. idol worship. and (5) Criminology: Restorative justice. empowerment-oriented practice with socially disadvantaged groups. Corpus Linguistics. second language acquisition. international news flows. (2) Media Sociology and Political Economy: state-society-media relationships. emotional intelligence. community and social development.

global and Chinese public relations. China and the world. ethics of good governance. (2) Politics and International Affairs: regional and international politics. healthcare narratives. molecular and life sciences. e-government. social policy and social development in China. the College of Science and Engineering aims to break with convention to create innovation in teaching. two joint laboratories with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and ten research centres. and (7) Environmental Studies: sustainable development. government and politics in Hong Kong. (8) Health Communication: persuasion. (6) Integrated Marketing Communication: interactive advertising. Biology and Chemistry. (7) Research Methods: comparative analysis.3 College of Science and Engineering With our unique combination of science and engineering under one roof. Our collective success is evidenced by recent international rankings: Shanghai Jiaotong University Ranking 2010 43rd in the World’s Top 100 Universities in the field of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2011 Top 100 in the subjects of:  Computer Science & Information Systems  Civil & Structural Engineering  Electrical Engineering  Mechanical.deception. education policy. management ethics. (3) Public Management: collaborative governance. 3. Research focus/expertise include: (1) Environmental City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 13 . environmental ethics. (5) Applied Ethics: comparative philosophy and ethics. animal ethics. the state and civil society. bio-medical ethics. Through the concerted efforts of the academic units. the College has achieved international competitiveness in areas such as applied mathematics. (4) Policy Studies: policy analysis and evaluation. structural equation modeling. electronic engineering. learning and research. public and social policy. housing policy. employment and labor policy. intergovernmental relations. urban policy. public finance. energy and climate policy. but are not limited to: (1) China Studies: contemporary Chinese politics. multilevel analysis. third-person effects. (6) Urban and Housing Studies: urbanization. health message processing. computer science. Aeronautical & Manufacturing  Mathematics  Metallurgy & Materials Furthermore. bioengineering. Department of Public and Social Administration The research foci of the Department include. the remarkable achievements of the College are exemplified by the establishment of two State Key Laboratories – specialising in the fields of millimetre waves and marine pollution. The College comprises of eight academic departments (see sections below) and the Division of Building Science and Technology. image building and branding. and materials science and engineering. human resources management. Department of Biology and Chemistry The Department is very unique in a multidisciplinary nature by integrating Environmental Science. environmental governance and management.

Pedestrian flow. Machine Learning. environmental monitoring. Ecommerce. Optimization. Wind engineering. Department of Computer Science Research focus/expertise in the Department include (1) Multimedia Technology. microbiology and bioactive compounds. Flexible electronics. genomics and biotechnology. Robotics. sustainable development. indoor and regional air quality. Wireless communications. organometallic chemistry. Optical communications. Networked control. developmental and cell biology. Microelectronics. environmental biotechnology. Fibre optics. Evacuation. Structural integrity and diagnosis. Internetworking. homogeneous catalysis. Constraint Programming. Data and Internet Security. Architectural and urban design. Energy. remediation technologies. inorganic photo-responsive and luminescent chemosensors. Scheduling. Computer architecture. Computer Communications. Security and Cryptography. proteomics and metabolomics. (3) Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry. energy efficiency and conservation. Parallel Architecture. Network protocols. nano-biotechnology and biosensing. Video and 3D Model Retrieval. Construction Engineering Management (2) Architectural Engineering: Building systems and facilities management. green materials/manufacturing. Video Encoding. Embedded systems.Science: Freshwater and marine pollution. Software Engineering. Video and Image Computing: Image. WDM Optical Networks. environmental measurement. (4) Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge and Data Management: AI Search. Innovative Technology for Education. Wireless Sensor Networks. Pattern Recognition. Network Security. Fire safety engineering. Department of Electronic Engineering Research strengths/disciplines of the Department include: (1) Communication Engineering: Antennas. Intelligent Systems. sustainable development in marine ecosystem. E-learning. (2) Biology: Environmental Biology. Thermal comfort. aquatic ecology and conservation. Mobile communications. Text Mining. Static and dynamic response. Building information modeling. Structural and Geotechnical Engineering: Structural mechanics. (Web) Data Mining and Warehousing. Semantic Object Modeling. Integrated optics. Real-time Systems. (4) Devices and Systems: Electronics manufacturing technology. (3) Applied Algorithms: Bioinformatics. Building sustainability. Signal Processing. environmental physiology. Building contracts and laws. Database systems. Nano-mechanics. Natural and artificial lighting. Geotechnics and geology. P2P Systems. chemical biology. Network Protocols. Construction and land economy. Medical Imaging. RF circuits. renewable energy. Complex networks. Mobile/Multimedia Data Indexing and Caching. ecotoxicology. XML and Interoperability. Evolutionary Computing. Real estate development. Infra-structural engineering. Hydrology. Lighting technology. (5) Systems. Digital communications. Smart grid technology. Nonlinear systems. Statistical Deformable Models. Computational Geometry. Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering Research expertise in the Department mainly focuses in Built Environment which includes: (1) Civil. Information and Coding. (2) Distributed Mobile Computing and Wireless Networking: Distributed Algorithms. energy storage and management. organic electroluminescent devices. (2) Computer Networks and Systems: Broadband networks. MicroCity University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 14 . catalyst design and synthesis. (3) Control and System Engineering: Automatic control. Transportation. Workflow and Web Services. environmental physics. spectroscopy and catalysis. Wireless Networks. green and synthetic chemistry. Mobile Computing. Information Retrieval. Construction materials. Disputes and resolutions. Computational electromagnetics. Software Engineering and Internet Applications: Embedded System. environmental impact and risk assessment. Seismic response and disasters. Equilibrium Algorithms. Tunneling. Teletraffic engineering.

computational electromagnetics. Magneto-rheological Suspensions & Lubrication. Power electronics. The Department is the first among equals in Engineering Management education and research in Hong Kong. Powder Metallurgy & Material Forming. Microfluids Devices. Nondestructive Testing. Speech and audio processing. Mechatronics. Micro/Nano Manufacturing. (2) Laser physics and optics: optical spectroscopy. Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Academic programmes offered by the Department span from BEng with Industrial Engineering. fluid mechanics. Quality Engineering and Logistics focuses to postgraduate MS. approximation theory. Quality and Reliability Engineering. Micro-air Vehicles. Nuclear Power Management. Human Factors and Occupational Safety. Testing and reliability. (3) Mathematical Modelling: control and system theory. numerical analysis. Flexible Assembly Systems. radon dosimetry. Risk Assessment and Management. (2) Computational Mathematics: complexity theory. Sensors. Research areas of the Department include (1) Product Design. (2) Mechatronics and Automation: Intelligent Control. Bio-informatics. Industrial Robots. EngD. Research topics of the Department include Operation Research and Control Theory. Bioengineering and Nuclear Engineering majors to postgraduate MSc in Enterprise Technology and MPhil/PhD in Sustainable Manufacturing. (5) Intelligent Systems: Computer vision. Optical devices. Pattern recognition. Cell Engineering. stochastic analysis. mathematical finance. partial differential equations. learning theory. Manufacturing and Quality Engineering: Engineering Design. laser remote sensing. Supply Chain Management and Logistics. (6) Multimedia Technology: Bio-imaging. Knowledge and Information Management. Emergency Management. Microwave and millimeter-wave devices and circuits. Nuclear Medicine. Smart Materials. Department of Physics and Materials Science Research focus/expertise in the Department include: (1) Environmental physics: environmental radiation. Nanotechnology. Bio-sensors. Nano-materials. Surface Engineering & Thin Films. mathematics of new material. Prosthetic Devices. (3) Materials science: materials physics. Rapid Prototyping. computational City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry 15 . Health Maintenance and Wellness. Customer Oriented Operations and Management. Nano devices. MPhil/PhD in Engineering Management. Remote Sensing & Control. Micro-robot. Neural Networks. Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Academic programmes offered by the Department span from BEng with Manufacturing Engineering. optoelectronics. Drug Delivery. (4) Nuclear and Risk Engineering: Nuclear Safety. Experimental Mechanics. Department of Mathematics Research strengths/disciplines of the Department include: (1) Applied Analysis: asymptotics and perturbation methods. Computer graphics. Automation for Entertainment & Healthcare. Machine learning. Bio-material. dynamical system. VLSI. Machine Tool. Green Design and Manufacturing. computational optics. MEMS. Machine Vision. Evolutionary computing. Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Bio-safety and Bio-security. medical imaging. Laser Applications. Automatic Materials Handling. System Informatics and Data Mining etc. (3) Biomedical Engineering: Tissue Engineering. Mobile Robots. Project and Conflict Management. Alloy.electromechanical system. granular materials. Image and video processing. Process Monitoring. Semiconductor. plate and shell theory. Medical Robots. Metrology. Medical Instrumentation. Intelligent Maintenance and Engineering Asset Management. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Quality Engineering. special functions. elasticity. Performance and Process Improvement.

superalloys. ion-track technology. energy storage. artificial intelligence and data management. game design and digital cultural heritage. photography. pattern recognition. meteorology and climate. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . semiconductor physics. virtual and augmented reality. provides purpose-built facilities for the School in nurturing the next generation of transmedia specialists and will become a new iconic landmark in the territory. energy efficiency and conservation. Its new research laboratory. (6) Theoretical physics: computational physics. mesoscopic physics. impact and superhigh strain rate deformation. The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. superconductivity. plastics and composites. coatings. distributed mobile computing and wireless networking. software engineering and internet applications. surface science and engineering. computer graphics and animation. systems. sheet metal forming. radiation-induced biointerfaces. and (c) produce a new breed of professionals engaging in energy. interactive and embodied media. biomedical materials. (4) Radiation physics: radiation biophysics. interactive narrative. 3. light metals.5 School of Energy and Environment The School of Energy and Environment aims to (a) develop cutting-edge research that is internationally competitive with local/regional significance in targeted themes in the areas of energy and environment. 16 In our research degree programme.and environment-related activities through professional education. air pollution and waste treatment. phase transformations.or environment. musical composition and performance. metals and alloys. statistical physics. electron microscopy. designed by the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The School has now established itself to be a leader in creative media education of the region.materials science. fatigue. video and image computing. organic light-emitting diode. materials design.4 School of Creative Media Established in 1998. creep and life assessment. Faculty members in the School have extensive international experience in energy. participatory media and autonomous agency. electrical ceramics. SMT solder joints. which currently includes renewable energies. (5) Solid-state physics: magnetism. Research Strengths The School is equipped with state-of-the-art cinematic and computer facilities. at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. is an incubator and innovations showcase for new forms of creativity exploring the paradigms in immersive visualization. ultrasonic detection. nanomaterials. It will become a hub for creative professionals from all over the world and create new synergies in the rapidly-evolving creative industries. SCM Research Area The School’s interdisciplinary research activities encompass multimedia technology. electron and spin transport. stress analysis. the School provide opportunities for top-notch research students to engage in research in areas related to energy or environment that lead to the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.related research. multimodal interface design. (b) train high-calibre research students to engage in leading-edge research in these areas. the cinematic arts. 3. corrosion. critical phenomena. thin films. shape memory alloys. the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong is the first of its kind in Asia and the birthplace of a new generation of transmedia specialists – professionals who are not only skilled in the technology of digital media but who can also integrate a multiplicity of media forms. ALiVE (Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment). installation arts.

17 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . international publications. (2) Air Pollution: Outdoor and indoor air pollution monitoring. the School has developed close institutional links. human rights. research. Close links have been developed with the legal profession in Hong Kong as well as agencies of the legal system and users of legal services. environmental and planning law. banking law. Building materials. Distinguished teachers and scholars from Hong Kong. Marine. 3. law of contract. The focus is on both theoretical and practical aspects of legal research and emphasizes studies in global issues from a Chinese and Asian perspective and with an interdisciplinary focus. constitutional and administrative law. Biowaste utilisation. The School aims to become an internationally-renowned centre for research and teaching of law in the Asia-Pacific region. Climate modeling. civil and commercial law. economic analysis of law. arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. modeling and control. Batteries. Additionally. international law. (2) Energy Storage: Fuel cells. through our Global Gateway and international exchange programmes. Climate diagnostics. Climate change and impact studies. The School seeks to achieve this objective through teaching. (B) Environment-related (1) Meteorology and Climate: Tropical Meteorology.Research focus/expertise in the School includes two major areas: (A) Energy-related (1) Renewable Energy: Solar cells. socio-legal studies. the Mainland and abroad have been recruited over the years to help us achieve these goals. Wind. (3) Waste Treatment: Waste-water treatment. (3) Building Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technologies: Smart/Intelligent grids. Atmospheric Remote sensing. The School offers MPhil and PhD programmes under the research area. Air Pollution and Health. law of torts. with a variety of overseas institutions. Research output is disseminated in Greater China and overseas. foreign investment and trade law. Chinese and Comparative Law. criminal law and criminal justice. It focuses mainly on the following: comparative law theory and practice. Biofuels.6 School of Law The principal objective of School of Law is to support and improve the provision of legal education and training in Hong Kong. professional legal studies. Lighting systems. and specialist projects. cross-border legal issues.

edu.Research Degree Coordinators For more information on a specific research area or research expertise in individual Departments/Schools.hk Dr Alice Y W CHAN 3442-9752 3442-0288 enalice@cityu.edu.hk 18 Department of Public and Social Administration Prof GONG Ting (For enquiries.hk Prof Douglas VOGEL Prof LIM Kai Hin 3442-7560 3442-0370 isdoug@cityu.hk City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .hk Prof ZHU Jian Hua Jonathan 3442-8677 3442-0228 com@cityu.hk College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department of Dr Federico FERRARA Asian and International Studies Department of Applied Social Studies Department of Chinese. please contact the Research Degree Coordinators of respective Departments/Schools: Name of Coordinator College of Business Department of Accountancy Tel.edu.hk mgkleung@cityu.edu.0189 yanzhili@cityu. Translation and Linguistics Department of Media and Communication Department of English Prof LO Tit Wing 3442-6306 3442-0180 fferrara@cityu.lo@cityu.hk Dr Daniel DING 3442-8667 3442-0346 mkding@cityu.wing.edu.hk 3442-8045 Department of Management Department of Management Sciences Department of Marketing Prof Kwok LEUNG 3442-7969 3442-0370 3442-0367 iskl@cityu.edu.edu.edu.edu.edu. Fax No.edu. please contact Ms Linda Wong or Miss Cris Tsai) 3442-9557 or 3442-8802 3442-0413 hhwong@cityu.hk or lytsai@cityu.edu.hk Department of Economics and Finance Department of Information Systems Dr Xueping WU 3442-0289 efgstudy@cityu.edu. No.edu. E-mail Prof KIM Chansog Francis 3442-7962 (Direct line) /3442-7760 (General enquiry line) 3442-7577/ 3442-9583 3442-0349 acckim@cityu.hk Dr Alex FANG 3442-8793 3442-0359 acfang@cityu.hk 3442-8986 3442-0283 t.hk Dr David LI 3442-7253 3442.

hk Prof Y Y LU 3442-7436 3442-0250 mayylu@math.edu.edu.wenig@cityu.edu.edu.hk 3442-7202 3442-0190 lwxin@cityu.cityu.cityu.edu.hk Dr Wallace K S TANG 3442-7783 2788-7791 postgrad@ee.hk Prof Sam KWONG 3442-8580 3442-0503 cssamk@cityu.hk 3442-7621 3442-0427 bckkyuen@cityu.hk 19 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .edu.edu.edu.hk 3442-4676 2319-5927 mark.edu.College of Science and Engineering Department of Prof Kenneth LO Biology and Chemistry Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering Department of Computer Science Department of Electronic Engineering Department of Mathematics Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department of Physics and Materials Science Dr Richard K K YUEN 3442-7231 3442-0522 bhkenlo@cityu.hk Prof R Q ZHANG 3442-7849 3442-0538 aprqz@cityu.hk School of Creative Media Prof Tamas WALICZKY School of Energy and Environment Dr Mark WENIG School of Law Dr Frank HE 3442-5727 3442-0408 twaliczk@cityu.edu.hk Dr KAMINENI Pitcheswara Rao 3442-8409 3442-0172 mekprao@cityu.edu.hk Prof Min XIE 3442-9596 3442-0173 minxie@cityu.

A PhD thesis. in addition to the above.1.2 20 Study Period and Residence Requirement 4.2. which consist of both coursework and independent research studies culminating in the submission of a thesis. its context and applicability. PhD: 4.4 4. and make a contribution to knowledge. communication and leadership skills. including analytical. Please refer to Appendix 5 for its “Research Degree Programme Structure”. 14 credit units (including core course(s) of at least 4 credit units which shall include at least 2 credit units of research methodology or foundation course at postgraduate level) and 1 credit unit compulsory course: Teaching Students: First Steps (SG8001) Individual Departments and Schools may stipulate a higher credit unit requirement. Research students in the College of Business are required to take a stipulated set of taught courses.2 The University offers two types of research degree programmes. give evidence of a sound understanding of the area of study. including the submission of their theses. and enhance economic. social and cultural development.1 4. demonstrate specialist subject knowledge and a high level of transferable skills.1. (a) Coursework Requirement Students are required to fulfill the following coursework requirements within their study period: MPhil: 7 credit units (including a core course of at least 2 credit units which shall be a research methodology or foundation course at postgraduate level).1 Research studies can be undertaken in full-time or part-time mode. and students are required to complete their studies. 4. (b) Thesis An MPhil thesis should present the results of research investigation. within the said periods: City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). should make a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the subject area concerned. namely.1 RESEARCH DEGREE PROGRAMMES Programme Aims and Structure Research degree programmes aim to provide advanced education to nurture people who can:    contribute to the advancement of knowledge through independent and original research. The University has stipulated the following study periods for research degree programmes.

1 The normal medium of instruction and assessment at the University is English. The required residence period for research degree studies is equivalent to half of the relevant study period. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .4 Medium of Instruction/Assessment and Thesis Presentation 21 4. 4.3 A student who is receiving regular supervision in Hong Kong or in a designated location approved by the University is classified as being in residence.3. Failure to complete the study by the end of the second extension will lead to termination of study unless there are truly extenuating circumstances.4. unless they give very strong justifications for using another language.Programme of Study MPhil PhD (students with a research master’s degree or a master’s degree with a thesis/project/dissertation before admission) PhD (students without a research master’s degree nor a master’s degree with a thesis/project/dissertation before admission) Full-time 2 years 3 years Part-time 4 years 6 years 4 years 8 years 4.1 Qualifying Report Students are required to submit a qualifying report (in English) within the specified qualifying periods as follows: Full-time students: Part-time students: within 6-12 months from commencement of study within 9-18 months from commencement of study The qualifying report should include a survey of the relevant literature. Such cases should be approved by the School.3 Report Submission 4. Such cases will only be approved in exceptional circumstances. 4. 4.2. an identification of a specific research topic. the research methodology and a discussion of the possible outcomes. only a maximum of two extensions can be granted.2 Annual Progress Report Students who have been permitted to continue their studies after the qualifying period are required to submit a progress report (in English) on an annual basis until they have submitted the final version of their theses for assessment. with each period not exceeding six months. irrespective of the student’s mode of study. 4.2. Research students should write and present their theses in English. before their original study period expires. together with a proposed study plan.2 Students who have special grounds for not being able to comply with the above may submit an application for an extension of their study period.3. Moreover.

4.2 Students with valid reasons to support using a language other than English in thesis writing may apply to the School in writing within the first six months of their studies. and in any written or practical examinations as required. 22 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .4.5 Award of MPhil/PhD Degree To be recommended for the award of an MPhil or PhD degree. students must successfully complete the coursework requirements. 4. in an oral examination on the thesis and area of study concerned. Applications submitted after the said period will not normally be considered. and satisfy the examiners in respect of the thesis submitted.

City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .2.3 The Scholarship is not a cash award and cannot be held concurrently with other awards covering tuition fees. achievement in coursework results and performance in any academic-related duties assigned.1 The Postgraduate Studentship is granted on the basis of academic merit. 5.) 5.3 The Studentship is normally granted on a yearly basis. All eligible new students will be considered for the award of the Scholarship as part of their application for admission to a research degree programme. Continuation and renewal of the award are subject to satisfactory study progress.4 MPhil students will normally be granted the Studentship for a maximum of two years and PhD students a maximum of three years (irrespective of their entry qualifications). 23 5.300 per month for MPhil students and HK$14.2 The Scholarship is in the form of an exemption for students from paying tuition fees.2 Eligible new full-time students will be considered for the award of the Studentship as part of their application for admission to a research degree programme. 5.1.1 The purpose of the Research Tuition Scholarship is to recognise and reward students with outstanding academic performance. Separate applications are not required. 5. the award period should not exceed students’ stipulated study period. The Studentship rate (HK$13.1. Separate applications are not required.1 FINANCIAL AWARDS/ASSISTANCE Postgraduate Studentship (Applicable to government-funded students only) 5.5 5.1. Individual department/school may stipulate additional requirements.1.2 Research Tuition Scholarship (Applicable to government-funded students only) 5.2. 5. Full-time research students who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree with upper second class honours (or equivalent) or a good master’s degree before admission are eligible to apply for the Studentship.2. as assigned by the Department/School. 5.5 Studentship recipients are normally required to undertake up to six hours of academicrelated duties per week. They shall not engage in any paid employment without the prior approval of the University. full-time students will be exempted from paying one year’s fees. 5.000 per month for PhD students for 2011-2012) is subject to revision in September of every year. It is a meritorious award and is granted on a strictly competitive basis. Notwithstanding the above. (Exemption from the above may be considered if the student has a good publication record.2. and the Studentship award period should not exceed students’ stipulated study period.4 Only full-time research students are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.1. and any revision to the rate will apply to both current and new students. If granted a Scholarship.

000.000. The Scholarship is to cover students’ tuition and on-campus hostel accommodation fees in their first year of research studies (equivalent to approximately HK$66. up to a maximum amount of HK$30. If granted a Scholarship.4 Research Activities Fund (Applicable to government-funded students only) Research students can apply for funding support to undertake research related activities outside Hong Kong. 5. The maximum value of a grant is HK$10.3 Conference Grant (Applicable to government-funded students only) Research students can apply for conference grants for attending local and overseas conferences.5.6 Government Grants and Loans and External Financial Awards/Assistance (Applicable to all students) The Government and the University offer various kinds of grants and loans to help students who are in financial need.000). the student’s full-time tuition and hostel accommodation fees in the first year of study will be off-set by the award. 5. which are beneficial and related to their MPhil/PhD studies. There are also various kinds of external financial awards and assistance granted on the basis of academic merit or financial need.5 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships (Applicable to government-funded students only) The purpose of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships is to encourage outstanding international students to undertake MPhil or PhD studies at the University with a view to promoting academic exchange and enhancing the international mix of the University’s student population. The monthly allowance is HK$5. 5. 24 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .000.

6. 6. 6.2 Outstanding Academic Performance Award 6.1. 6.2.3. 6.3 The Scholarship is a one-off cash award and students will be presented a certificate of award issued by the School.1 The purpose of the Outstanding Research Thesis Awards Scheme is to recognise and reward research students who have produced a thesis of outstanding quality and achievement in their relevant research area.2 All students who are within their (normal) period of study and have undertaken their current MPhil/PhD studies for at least one full year are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.1. which will be invited to confirm their suitability for the award. 25 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . On receipt of the confirmation from the Department/School.1 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships (Applicable to government-funded students only) 6.1 The purpose of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships is to recognize and reward students with outstanding academic performance.2. the students concerned will be granted the award.3.1 The purpose of the Outstanding Academic Performance Award for research students is to recognise students with outstanding academic performance in their research studies.6 MERIT AWARDS PERFORMANCE IN RECOGNITION OF ACADEMIC 6. 6.3 The award is a one-off cash award and students will be presented a certificate of award issued by the School.3 Outstanding Research Thesis Awards Scheme 6.2.1. 6.2 All research degree students who have completed at least one full year of MPhil/PhD studies and are within their (normal) study period are eligible to apply for the award.2 The School will identify those theses that have satisfied the award criteria and forward the cases to the relevant Department/School.

508 per month HK$877 per month Non-refundable.7 FEES FOR 2012-2013 The following are the major fees (tentative rates for 2012-2013) for MPhil/PhD programmes. Tuition/Continuation Fees (normally adjusted in September every year) Mode of Study Type of Fee Full-time Government-funded Students Tuition fee HK$3.754 per month HK$3. and any adjustments to fees will apply to both new and current students.508 per month HK$877 per month HK$1. Please note that fees are subject to revision from time to time without prior notification.016 per month HK$1. applicable to students within their stipulated study period Non-refundable. applicable to students who have been approved for an extension of their study period Part-time Remarks Continuation fee Self-financing Students Tuition fee HK$7.000 Non-refundable Refundable upon study withdrawal or study termination HK$400 26 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .754 per month HK$439 per month Non-refundable. applicable to students within their stipulated study period Non-refundable. applicable to students who have been approved for an extension of their study period Continuation fee Other Fees (for all students) Mode of Study Type of Fee Full-time Membership fee for CityU Postgraduate Association (Re)Examination fee Graduation fee HK$300 Part-time HK$150 One-off payment covering a student’s entire study period Remarks HK$1.

2 Student Development Services The Student Development Services (SDS) is committed to enriching students’ educational experience and whole person development. New students must apply as early as possible before the application deadline to the Student Residence Office (http://www.000* (~US$256) per month. and stress management. Subject to room availability. inter-personal relationship. a single room may be assigned to a student.edu. through lectures and training courses on counselling. wellness. * subject to revision every year 8. career development.8 STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT TO STUDENTS’ STUDIES 8. communication. 27 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .cityu. leadership development. Full-time non-local students of government-funded progrmmes will be given a priority in student residence. The rental charge for a single bed room is HK$2. Four single rooms form a self-contained flat with shared pantry. washroom and bathroom facilities.1 Student Accommodation All research students are eligible to apply for the Student Hostel which is within a 5-minute walking distance from CityU.hk/sro/) according to CityU regulations.

Those who have difficulty in nominating a sponsor may write to the School to act in this capacity. including student visa/entry permit application.4 Mainland and External Affairs Office The Mainland and External Affairs Office (MEAO) provides assistance and support to international/non-local students. lodging and general living expenses.3 Personal Accident and Medical Insurance / Travel Insurance It is mandatory for non-local students to purchase a personal accident and medical insurance/travel insurance policy during their study period at the University. 9.000 per month to cover tuition fees. The estimated basic cost of living for a single student is around HK$6.1 "Non-local" applicants are defined as persons entering Hong Kong for the purpose of education with a student visa/entry permit. applicants are required to nominate a Hong Kong resident aged 18 or above to act as a sponsor.9 INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FROM OVERSEAS AND THE CHINESE MAINLAND Definition of Non-local Applicants 9.000 to HK$10.hk/meao/) contains useful information about studying in Hong Kong and at CityU. As part of the application for a visa. food. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .edu. In accordance with the regulations of the Immigration Department in Hong Kong.cityu. but the Studentship award should be sufficient to support students’ daily living expenses. For further information.2 Student Visa/Entry Permit Full-time students from outside Hong Kong must obtain a student visa or an entry permit to study in Hong Kong. orientation programmes. The web site of MEAO (http://www.cityu. and pastoral care and advice on personal and learning related issues. the University will act as a sponsor for students admitted from overseas countries and assist them in applying for a student visa to Hong Kong. on-arrival assistance. 9.5 28 Cost of Living The cost of living in Hong Kong is generally high. 9.edu. Under the existing policy of the HKSAR Government. Students admitted from overseas countries should direct their applications for a visa to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in their place of residence or to the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). please visit the website of the Mainland and External Affairs Office at http://www. depending on the type of accommodation selected and level of living and personal expenses.hk/meao/ 9. students holding a student visa/an entry permit for studying in Hong Kong are allowed to undertake parttime paid employment during their stay in Hong Kong under stipulated conditions.

hk/sgs/applicants/applicants_r. For more information. (c) The methods you intend to apply to the research questions. and prospective candidates should write in an appropriate manner for their discipline. who might be the appropriate respondents. including a list of work cited. its source. giving an overview of some current findings in the area.cityu. (b) An outline of the research background of the topic. It should be clear to a reader the methodology to be used. 29 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . the statement of your research topic may be refined. experimental methods. with references. in the process of conducting your research. You should seek comments on your proposal draft by discussing it with a College member in the subject closest to the topic of your research/or the College member most likely to be involved in supervision. how you will collect your data. etc.htm. That is. (e) A list of works cited in your proposal. The proposal should be around three pages and single-spaced. details of the outline will be adjusted. For example. and what theory. questions (hypotheses). see: http://www. From this background material it should be clear to a reader what the research problem is. While there are considerable differences in the approach to research among the various disciplines of the College. case studies.Appendix 1: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Introduction It is critical that you submit your Research Proposal to an appropriate member of the College prior to making a formal application for admission into either the MPhil or PhD programme. whether you will use an established data base. It is likely that.edu. (d) A brief summary. there are some general guidelines which should be more or less adhered to. The proposal should be written in English and include: (a) A clear statement of the aims of the research and why it is a worthy and/or interesting topic. and its appropriateness for the purpose of investigation. That is. Please note that the University offers research degree studies in a wide range of research areas. questionnaires. you must be able to state a proposition (or a series of related propositions) which is worthy of detailed research and analysis. or phenomena you wish to investigate. Contents of the Research Proposal The guiding principle for a good Research Proposal is that you must have a serious question in mind that is worthy of careful. thorough research.

Research plan. objectives and definitions. (c) Literature Review A detailed list of related research (publication date. or phenomena you wish to investigate. volumes and publishers. (b) Introduction An outline of the research background of the topic should give an overview of existing literature (critical discourses and similar studies). You also need to briefly define your methodology. The proposal has to be written concisely and clearly to help the SCM School Graduate Studies Committee (SGSC) make a judicious decision regarding the research project. and what conceptual paradigms you want to use.) you have read and cited. Relevance to the mission of the School. with a brief assessment. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . some current findings in the area. It is highly recommended that you seek comments on your proposal by discussing it with a faculty member whose expertise is closest to the topic of your research/or the faculty member most likely to be involved in supervision before finalising it. and the intended research to be proposed.Appendix 2: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Creative Media Introduction To apply for admission to either the MPhil or PhD programmes at the School of Creative Media (SCM). questions (hypotheses). Its importance to the area of creative media. page numbers. (d) 30 Research Problems From the background material stated above. Contents of the Research Proposal (a) Abstract A clear statement of the aims of the research and why it is a worthy and/or interesting topic. The scope of the proposed research project. The applicant may consider the following aspects:       Research topic. etc. and what theory. it should be clear to a reader what the research problem is. The state of the art in the proposed research. what hypotheses you wish to test. Setting out the background will help you to state clearly what you consider the research problem to be. with references. each applicant is required to prepare a research proposal.

For the MPhil degree programme. who might be the appropriate respondents. the “methodology” section should also address the modeling process. (g) Bibliography/references Length of the Research Proposal Since the School is interdisciplinary in nature. we welcome applicants with backgrounds in media art or digital-media technology. For the PhD degree programme. you may describe how to model the problem. semi-overt participant observation. the proposal should be around twenty pages. if any. For the MPhil degree programme. theoretical debates and key concepts that would advance knowledge and inform the investigation. and include a list of references cited. the proposal should be around ten pages. All proposals should be typed. For example. the proposal should be around four pages. b. The applicant should be reminded that the proposal is only the first step toward a potential research degree. whether you will use an established data base. which will be a continuous process under the guidance of his/her supervisors. double-spaced with 12 pt font size. For qualitative and critical research. as with most research endeavours the candidate may have to adjust the actual details in the proposed research during the course of the programme. how to collect your data. the proposal should be around eight pages. experimental methods. its sources. archival data. After being admitted. case studies. (1) Media Art: a. open-ended interviews. and its appropriateness for the purpose of investigation. in relevant areas. approaches that might lead to a better outcome. etc. (2) Media Technology: a. For the PhD degree programme. (f) Relevant research experience The applicants should explain their previous research experience.(e) Methodology You need to explain the method you intend to use in the research. b. what you would do differently from the more conventional methods. It should be clear to a reader the methodology to be used. 31 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry .

single-spaced with 12 pt font size in no more than 2 pages and should include a list of references cited if available.Appendix 3: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Energy and Environment Introduction When submitting an application to either MPhil or PhD programmes at the School of Energy and Environment. Proposed research approach and methodology. applicant is advised to seek comments on his/her proposal by discussing it with the faculty member of the School whose expertise is closest to the topic of the research project or the faculty member is most likely to be involved in the supervision if the application is accepted. or phenomena you wish to investigate. what theory. Brief background of the proposed research such as an overview of some current findings in the area with references. hypotheses. and Expected outcome of the proposed research project. (c) (d) Length of the Research Proposal The proposal should be typed. what the research problem is. Content of the Research Proposal The proposal should be written in English and include the following items: (a) (b) Objective(s) of the research project. At all possible. 32 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . each applicant is required to enclose a research proposal.

You also should seek comments on your proposal by discussing it with other people experienced in research. the statement of your research topic may be refined. A clear justification of why it is worthy of discussion. Note: Due to the close relationship between research students and supervisors. This basic explanatory material should appear at the beginning of your proposal. Setting out the background will help you to state clearly what you consider the research problem to be and what hypothesis you wish to test. 33 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . (b) Background You also will need to specify the research background of the topic. This is normal. in the process of conducting your research. You should give an overview of some current findings in the area. It is also a good idea to seek comments on your proposal in draft written form before finalizing it. you must be able to state a proposition (or a series of related propositions) worthy of detailed research and analysis. and A clear explanation of how you intend to conduct research and analysis on your chosen topic. You also need to explain to the School Graduate Studies Committee:    Exactly what your proposal is. That is. Why it is a good proposal. It is likely be that. Contents of the Research Proposal (a) Introduction The guiding principle for a good Research Proposal is that you must have a serious question (or questions) in mind worthy of careful. for an appropriate staff member to be available to undertake the required supervision. That is. it is necessary. thorough research. You owe it to yourself to do justice to your planned research by presenting it thoroughly and clearly. however.Appendix 4: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Law Introduction It is very important in preparing your Research Proposal for graduate studies in the School of Law that you devote time and thought to produce a sound proposal. At the outset. this agenda for investigation will be adjusted. Think about your proposal carefully therefore. you should be able to explain your proposed research plan in terms of:    A clear statement of the issue (or issues) to be discussed. with references. and Why it should be approved. also.

You must explain clearly the methodology you will apply. you should provide a succinct summary of your:  Question (or questions) to be researched. You may use a largely traditional legal research method including detailed library (and other data base) researching of primary sources (such as cases) and secondary sources (such as commentaries) in your topic area. if you are proposing field surveys. (f) Bibliography You should attach a bibliography of those publications to which you have referred and other relevant publications you know of. at this point. you may submit it with your research proposal. statistical analysis. Such sloppiness always creates a poor impression in the minds of reviewers. But it should cover the matters set out above. what it can achieve and why it is relevant to your research. You may wish to explain your thesis with greater precision. presentation. and  Methodology in the conclusion. (d) Concluding Remarks Finally. Length of Research Proposal/Checking Research Proposal There is no set length for a Research Proposal. in the context of the background and methodology explanations previously given. generally. Failure to check the presentation thoroughly for clarity and correctness almost certainly will result in instances of distracting sloppiness in the Research Proposal. (e) Chapter Outline Although not mandatory. 34 Prior Work If you have a good example of prior written work which you have had published. what you wish to find out from the group. You must put in the effort required to eliminate repetitive sloppiness. etc. For example.(c) Methodology You need to explain the methods you intend to use in your research.). questionnaires or textual analysis. it is useful to sketch out how you plan to structure your written thesis by providing a list of chapter headings. Proposals should always be typed double-spaced and carefully checked for formal correctness (spelling. you need to explain which group you are surveying and why and. You should always have your Research Proposal carefully proof read. It is often possible to give a paragraph summarizing what you expect each chapter to cover. also. You may need to use less traditional methods also.  Background to the Research. City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . such as case studies. This means you have to make clear what you understand the methodology to be.

will analyse these data in a more complex way. as well as the student’s ability to collect. and must necessarily produce results of publishable standard. These findings should be of publishable standard. 35 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . A doctoral thesis will test more hypotheses (or explore more ideas). collect a greater range of data. The best start to achieve this standard is a carefully prepared Research Proposal. analyse and interpret research data which bears on a particular problem which the prior analysis of the subject area has identified.What Makes a Good Written Thesis A successful MPhil thesis will demonstrate the student’s mastery of the literature in a specified subject area.

the candidature will be confirmed. 6. 2009] MPhil Programme 1. Summer) FB8913 Multi-Disciplinary Research Workshop (3 CU. The above schedule of courses is catered for full-time candidates. appreciate and resolve research issues in conducting contemporary business research. PhD Programme 36 7. and write a thesis in Year 2. Business Research Methods provides a broad overview of business research methods. These four courses are College and University core courses. In addition. Year 1 SG8001 Teaching Students: First Steps (1 CU. candidates are required to do a Project which helps them gather momentum in writing the thesis. It aims to expose students to a broad range of research across different business disciplines. Candidates enrolled in the MPhil programme are required to take four courses and complete other relevant coursework. the schedule will need to be adjusted in consultation with their Qualifying Panels. Subject to satisfactory performance of the candidate in coursework and in Qualifying Report as assessed by the Qualifying Panel established for the candidate. Each candidate is required to submit a Qualifying Report within a specified period. The Multi-Disciplinary Research Workshop in Year 2 is designed for students to understand. as prescribed by the Qualifying Panels. Semester A) FB8905 Project (6 CU. if any. In exceptional circumstances where candidates can demonstrate their scholarly attributes to the satisfaction of their Qualifying Panels.Appendix 5: Research Degree Programme Structure of the College of Business [For students admitted on or after the 1st admission round. 3. PhD candidates will take the same College and University core courses as MPhil candidates. they can be exempted from part or all of the courses subject to approval by the College Graduate Studies Committee. Semester A or B) FB8912 Business Research Methods (3 CU. which are also taken by PhD candidates. enables students to understand the fundamental principles of knowledge creation in business research and builds basic research competence. 5. 4. they have to take an extra course listed below: Year 3 FB8914 Doctoral Seminar (3 CU. Once having been confirmed the MPhil candidature. During the summer preceding Year 2. For those pursuing parttime studies and admitted in mid-year. the candidate will proceed to write the thesis. Semester B) City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . Semesters A and B) Year 2 CU: credit unit 2.

For those pursuing part-time studies and admitted in mid-year.8. To monitor the study progress of research degree students in their taught courses. subject to approval by the College Graduate Studies Committee.8 Warning letter will be issued to the student concerned (b) below 2. which takes the form of two 3-hour lots. if any. Full-time students have to sit for a Comprehensive Examination normally in the summer of Year 2. the following guidelines will be adopted by the College as appropriate in addition to those stipulated by the University from time to time: Cumulative GPA Recommendation (a) below 2. A primary objective is to broaden students’ perspectives in contemporary business research. The College strongly encourages research degree students to provide evidence of scholarly work through publications which have been accepted or published by good quality journals during their candidature. 9. It also provides opportunities for students to develop research critique and communication skills in presenting and defending their research in a rigorous and constructive manner to a multi-disciplinary audience. 37 City University of Hong Kong | 2012 Entry . In addition to the five core courses. Doctoral Seminar is concerned with general and cross-disciplinary business research and is a research seminar for all doctoral students particularly in their 3rd year of study. In exceptional circumstances where candidates can demonstrate their scholarly attributes to the satisfaction of their Qualifying Panels. as well as in analysing cases and solving problems. they can be exempted from part or all of the courses. Similarly. The minimum duration of the Examination is 6 hours. Guidelines on Monitoring Study Progress of Students in Taught Courses 11. Its objective is to test students’ knowledge of major subject areas of their research disciplines and their ability to integrate the theories and concepts learned from the taught courses.5 Suspension of studentship for a specified period (applicable to full-time students only) Research Output 12. the schedule will need to be adjusted in consultation with their Qualifying Panels. while part-timers have it later. 10. the above course schedule is catered for full-time candidates. PhD candidates also need to complete other relevant coursework. One of them must be written examination while the other can either be a take-home or oral examination. as prescribed by the Qualifying Panels. Students joining this seminar are presumed to have completed significant amount of research at the doctoral level since in each week they will need to present their research to the class for indepth discussion.

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