Research Postgraduate Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy


In addition to the courses offered by the Graduate School, MPhil and 4-year PhD candidates are required to complete two compulsory courses, CHIN6002 and CHIN6003, offered by the School. Students are also strongly advised to take the other two courses, CHIN6001 and CHIN6004, which can be taken in lieu of the Research Methods and Thesis Writing courses offered by the Graduate School respectively. All courses should be completed by the end of the probationary period except for the Seminar course (CHIN6003) which can be finished by the end of the candidature.

CHIN6001. Research Methods in Chinese Studies*

This course is designed as a research method course specifically tailored for the first-year students pursuing MPhil and PhD degrees in the School of Chinese. Its intention is to expose students to the latest development in data collection techniques and main electronic databases relevant to the study of Chinese language and literature, history, philosophy, and translation. It introduces the research outcomes, important debates, and latest theories in these aforementioned fields by discussing selected recent publications by both mainland and overseas scholars. It thus functions as a general survey on the current state of these fields.

Assessment: 100% coursework on a pass/fail basis.

* Students are strongly advised to take CHIN6001 which can be taken in lieu of the compulsory course offered by the Graduate School, “GRSC6034 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)” or “GRSC6036 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Humanities & Related Disciplines)”, but cannot be counted as a compulsory course in the departmental coursework requirement.

CHIN6002. Special Topics in Chinese Studies

This course introduces students to the topics that are of relevance to their research specialties but have not been taken previously. Subject to the approval of the thesis supervisor and the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee, students will select one 6-credit course from the undergraduate programmes, or one from the M.A. programmes. They will be given assignments at the equivalent research postgraduate level. The format of assignments may vary, depending on the courses chosen. It may include classroom presentations and essays, and will be decided at the discretion of the teachers.

Assessment: 100% coursework on a pass/fail basis.

CHIN6003. Seminar

This seminar course runs in parallel to the School of Chinese’s staff seminar. It consists of two parts – an oral presentation at the seminar on their research subject during their course of study (and before submitting their theses), and seminar attendance. During their candidature, research postgraduate students (except those admitted for the 3-year PhD programme) will take turn to do a public oral presentation, followed by a Q&A session. They should also fulfill the minimum seminar attendance requirement before the end of their probationary period. At present, students taking this course are required to attend at least seven seminars no matter whether they are research student or staff seminars. Performance in seminars will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

CHIN6004. Introduction to Thesis Writing in Chinese*

This is a practical course designed for new MPhil and PhD students who have yet to pass their probationary period. All newly admitted 2-year MPhil and 4-year PhD students are required to take the course in their first year (unless for special circumstances that approval for taking the course in the second year is sought in advance). It complements the CHIN6001 course on research methods by providing students with the fundamentals of thesis writing. It gives students a clear overview of the basic elements common to a thesis in the discipline of Humanities, and facilitates the initial phase of designing and planning a large research project in Humanities generally and in Chinese studies specifically.

Assessment: 100% coursework on a pass/fail basis.

* Students are strongly advised to take CHIN6004 which can be taken in lieu of the compulsory course offered by the Graduate School, “Introduction to Thesis Writing” (GRSC6001/GRSC6020), but cannot be counted as a compulsory course in the departmental coursework requirement.

CHIN7801. Lecture Series: New Perspectives in Research on Chinese Literature and Chinese History

This credit-bearing summer course is collaboratively offered by the School of Chinese, the University of Hong Kong, and the Chinese Language and Literature Department, Peking University. The participants include 2-4 teachers and 10-15 postgraduates (MPhil & PhD) from HKU, matched by the same number of teachers and postgraduates from PKU. All teaching and learning activities are conducted in Peking University.

This is a research-based course, which consists of two parts. The first part includes a series of lectures delivered by the participating teachers, who will present the most recent trends/methodologies in their respective research areas in Chinese literature and Chinese history. The second part involves all students, who under the supervision of responsible teachers shall engage in seminar discussions, reading reports, and project presentations, with an emphasis on specific topics and case studies. In addition, field trips to several well-known institutes in Beijing, such as National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature, National Library of China, and National Museum of China, will be arranged to enrich students’ learning and research experiences on relevant subjects discussed in the class.

Assessment: 100% coursework on a pass/fail basis.

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