The Department of Sociology has offered postgraduate studies (M.Phil and Ph.D.) in Sociology since September 1991. Both degree programs are research-oriented. The major research interests of staff members are listed in the "Staff Profile" section. Thoughtful consideration is given to students' research interests and needs when assigning thesis supervisors. It is a proud tradition of our Department that we provide careful and personal supervision for our postgraduate students' research and professional development.

A research proposal (including research questions, literature review and research methodology) is required at the time of application. Preference will be given to applicants of high academic caliber who present clear specific proposals for theoretically and/or socially valuable research. Studentships will normally be awarded to admitted applicants. Students are required to complete a minimum of 9 units (for MPhil programme) or 12 units (for PhD programme) of coursework as laid down by their respective Faculty/School and achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.7. Theses should normally be written in English.

Over the past twenty years or so, members of the Sociology Department have supervised thirty-two postgraduate students. The theses (a list thesis titles can be found under the icon "List of MPhil/PhD Students and Their Thesis Titles") have all been highly regarded by external examiners. Nine of our M.Phil graduates went on to Ph.D. programs at overseas universities, including University of Oxford (UK), the University of Edinburgh (UK), the University of Essex (UK), The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), the University of California at Berkeley (USA), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Calgary (Canada), University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and the University of Auckland (New Zealand).

The Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies)

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