We have a vibrant and innovative research postgraduate culture in our department, uniting academic staff and RPG students. Our postgraduate students have a proven track record of success, in terms of completion rates, research outputs, grant applications and career progression.


The History Department offers two research postgraduate degrees: the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MPhil and PhD degrees may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The University provides financial assistance to many of these students in the form of studentships. The Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC) of the School of Humanities organizes and coordinates the administrative details and all other aspects of postgraduate studies for research students.

Applicants interested in applying for admission to the MPhil and PhD programmes should contact the Graduate School for a detailed summary of the application procedures and admission deadlines.

In addition to the  Graduate School requirements the Department also requires candidates to submit information, including a detailed research proposal, to be considered by the relevant committees involved in the admissions process. Successful applicants are admitted on the basis of their academic accomplishment and potential, as well as on the strength of their research proposal, which should include the following:

Title: which is tentative and may change later

Overview of existing scholarship on the chosen field: indicating the relevant literature in the field, and why the topic proposed would constitute a new contribution to knowledge and would be worthy of funding

Research methodology: highlighting the feasibility of the project and explaining how the necessary archival materials will be located and used, given that the student will be resident in Hong Kong for most of his or her candidature

Outline of chapters: if possible, giving some indication of the areas to be covered

Bibliography: indicating the most important published works and archives or other primary sources to be consulted

For further information relating to the Departmental requirements for admission, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr. Oscar Sanchez-Sibony. Applicants are also encouraged to consult our Departmental website for potential supervisors.


MPhil and PhD candidates are required to take four Departmental courses, in addition to the required courses of the Graduate School. Depending on individual student needs, the supervisor may recommend that a student replaces one of these courses with a course in a cognate discipline or one offered by the Graduate School, on the condition that the choice of courses should be confined to those available within the relevant curricula. All required coursework must be completed successfully within the first year of study for full-time students (and the equivalent for part-time students), who must also pass the Departmental Progress Review before confirmation of candidature.

Required Courses
HIST6001Philosophy of History
HIST6002Historical Documents
HIST6003Historical Research Seminar
HIST6004Advanced Readings in History
HIST6011Introduction to History Thesis Writing
Click here for the Course Syllabus



  • The University provides financial assistance (“Postgraduate Scholarships”) to full-time MPhil and PhD students. For more detail about research postgraduate scholarships and how to apply, please refer to the Graduate School Office.