Research Postgraduate Degrees

The Department of Sociology at the Hong Kong Baptist University offers both MPhil and Ph.D. programmes. Both programmes consist of two components. The first are courses and seminars, in theory, method, and substantive fields designed to enhance the students’ research capability. The second is an original research to be undertaken by the students working closely with their supervisors. Please refer to the Department's documents on programme structuretimeline, and internal guidelines for PhD qualifying examination for further details on the PhD programme. In completing the MPhil programme, students gain solid training in sociological research and may either pursue further studies or careers in research and administration. Students completing the Ph.D. degree gain training as professional sociologists and may pursue research or academic careers. A list of thesis titles and the profiles of current Ph.D. and MPhil students have also been presented in the Departmental webpage.


The Department is developing its strength in the fields of Family and Social Networks. Research interests of staff members also include Chinese societies (including Hong Kong and Taiwan); Cultural Sociology (including Popular Culture); Gender Studies and Sexualities; Globalization and Development Studies; Health and Illness; Migration; Social Movements; Social Stratification; Urban Sociology; Work and Industry. Please refer to the profile of individual staff members for more information on their research interests and current projects.


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 significant research. A small number of studentships are available for successful applicants. Eligible applicants are also encouraged to apply for the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme. Please refer to the Graduate School webpage for details on the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme as well as Application Requirements and Procedures.


Internal Guidelines for Qualifying Examination


Global MA Programme

The Master Programme in Global Society (Global MA Programme) at Hong Kong Baptist University is a multidisciplinary programme that seeks to equip students with different approaches to analyzing economic and cultural globalization. Students enrolled in this programme will be trained to examine the changes and challenges that societal members encounter as the worlds are becoming increasingly interconnected. This programme is co-sponsored and co-taught by faculty from Sociology, Social Work, Educational Studies, Government and International Studies, Geography, History, and Humanities and Creative Writing. Graduates from this programme will secure their niche in careers including but not limited to: urban planning; cultural and leisure industries; environmental health research and consultation; educational, community, and international development; government.



Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies)

The Master programme of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies) is a multidisciplinary programme that aims to equip students with a critical understanding of contemporary China from economic, political, historical, geographical and sociological perspectives. It is a one-year full-time/ two-year part-time taught programme leading to the award of the degree of Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies). This programme will help graduates to seek employment in government, non-profit organizations and private