Economics (HKBU’s School of Business has ceased admission of MPhil students until further notice)
  • STUDY MODE

    Full-Time

  • TUITION FEE

    RMB 90000/year

  • ENROLLMENT TIME

    Students shall commence studies in fall. Spring enrollment will only be opened to students under special circumstances, each case will be considered on individual merits.

  • PROGRAMME INFORMATION

    Our MPhil and PhD programmes offer training in state-of-the-art skills for research in the following areas:


    • International Trade

    • Industrial Organization

    • Behavioral Economics

    • Development Economics

    • Econometrics and Applied Economics

    • Macroeconomics

    • Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics


    Teaching and learning at UIC are conducted in English. The academic requirements of the programmes completely follow international standard for postgraduate training. The students who fulfill the graduation requirements will be rewarded MPhil/PhD degrees by the Hong Kong Baptist University.


    The programmes aim to 1) provide the state-of-the-art knowledge in various research areas of the discipline to students; 2) to stimulate the thought of students and facilitate their development of independent research areas.


    The teaching faculty possess PhD degrees from internationally recognized universities. They have rich experience in supervising research projects and teaching frontier knowledge of their research area(s). In addition, visiting professor(s) from well-established universities or research organizations will be invited to deliver research workshops to our students in the programmes.


  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants seeking admission to the PhD programme should possess:

    a) a master's degree from a recognised university or comparable institution; or

    b) a bachelor's degree with first class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution, whom should demonstrate strong evidence of research achievement/experience; or

    c) any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose, whom may be required to take an admission exam.


    Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil programme should possess (HKBU's School of Business has ceased admission of MPhil students until further notice):

    a) a bachelor's degree with Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

    b) a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in an admission exam.


    Language Requirements:

    Applicants whose first language is not English, or previous degrees not obtained with English as medium of instruction are required to prove their language abilities by means of performance in any one of the tests below:

    TestMinimum requirement
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    79 (Internet-based Test)

    Reading, Listening and Speaking≥18; Writing≥19

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    6.5

    Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing ≥ 5.5


  • COURSEWORK ARRANGEMENT

    For MPhil programme students:

    Minimum of 12 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*).


    For PhD programme students:

    Minimum of 22 units of coursework (including three units of Mandatory Common Core Courses*). Applicant with a relevant Master's degree may be exempted from 3 units of coursework.


    All course and instructions will be delivered in English.

    Both MPhil and PhD students need to achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.67 to be considered satisfactory fulfilment of coursework requirement.

    * Remark: the Mandatory Common Core Courses will be taken in Hong Kong Baptist University.


  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    To enable research postgraduate students to focus on their studies and facilitate their research endeavors and professional development, financial support will be offered based on academic merit and/or experience. In return, students may be required to assist in teaching and research work, also as a supplement to their courses of studies.


    a) Studentship and Stipend

    Studentship is intended to help cover daily subsistence, tuition fees and other expenses that research postgraduate students may incur during their study. Stipend is offered to selected number of students who demonstrate outstanding performance.

    • Full Studentship with stipend

    Full tuition waiver with a yearly stipend of RMB 96,000 (RMB 8,000 per month) for PhD student; RMB 72,000 (RMB 6,000 per month) for MPhil student. Student has to act as Teaching Assistant (TA) to earn this living stipend. The workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year. The supervisors may provide other subsidies if the student acts as Research Assistant (RA).

    • Half Studentship with stipend

    Half tuition waiver (i.e. half of the tuition is waived). Student has to act as TA to earn a yearly stipend of RMB 96,000 (RMB 8,000 per month) for PhD student; RMB 72,000 (RMB 6,000 per month) for MPhil student. The workload is up to 10 hours per week, maximum number of work hours capped at 300 hours per year. The supervisors may provide other subsidies if the student acts as RA.


    b) Visiting Scheme

    This scheme aims at encouraging students to stay at HKBU to take coursework and undertake research as part of their thesis work. The allowances for each of MPhil and PhD students are HKD 3,000 per month for a maximum stay of 6 months.


    c) Research Allowances

    Both PhD & MPhil students are entitled research allowances to cover 1) research-related travel; 2) conference attendance; 3) data collection; 4) purchase of books and other research materials not available at UIC Learning Resource Centre.


  • HOW TO APPLY

    You are required to apply the programme via UIC Research Postgraduate Programme Application System with below documents:


    1.HKBU application form

     (a) please select the programme on the website: https://gs.hkbu.edu.hk/programmes?type%5B%5D=research-postgraduate-programmes, then choose Research Postgraduate Programme - MPhil & PhD, and;

     (b) complete the application form before the closing day on the HKBU Online System and;

     (c) pay the application fee.

    2.Research proposal (in English);

    3.Certificate of Bachelor Degree and/or Master Degree;

    4.Official transcripts (undergraduate and/or postgraduate);

    5.English proficiency test reports (TOEFL or IELTS);

    6.Copy of ID card (Two sides) / Copy of passport for non-Chinese;

    7.Any other supporting documents (publications, awards, patent, etc.).


    Note: Please contact and communicate with your proposed supervisors before submitting your application to ensure the smooth progress of your application.



    Apply Now (The application for the Fall of 2022-23AY entry has been closed)

  • SUPERVISORS

    Can be the Principal Supervisor/Co-supervisor for MPhil/PhD students
    Name(English) Name(Chinese) Field of Study Email
    Prof. Simon Xiaobin ZHAO 赵晓斌 Urban Studies, Urbanization, Urban & Regional Planning, Economic Geography and Geography of Finance and Trade sxzhao@uic.edu.cn
    Prof. Siu Kee WONG 黄兆基 Economics (international trade theory, industrial organization) siukeewong@uic.edu.cn
    Can be the Co-supervisor for MPhil/PhD students
    Name(English) Name(Chinese) Field of Study Email
    Dr. Edoardo MONACO / Sustainable Development; Economic Growth, Diversification, Inclusion; Global South emonaco@uic.edu.cn
    Dr. William Wai Yip CHOW 邹伟业 Macroeconometrics, Bayesian Econometrics williamwychow@uic.edu.cn
    Dr. Hao SHI 施浩 Development Economics, International Trade, Public Finance haoshi@uic.edu.cn
    Dr. Sara Xiao CHANG 常笑 International Economics, International Finance, Development Economics, Tourism Economics saraxchang@uic.edu.cn
    Dr. Mi LIN 林谧 International Economics; Applied Econometrics; Chinese Economy; Development Economics milin@uic.edu.cn