"I chose HKUST's Division of Social Science because it offers excellent training in research methodology and an atmosphere that encourages independent studies."
ZHANG Jing
MPhil in Social Science
Master of Philosophy in
Social Science

The MPhil is a research degree that can be pursued either as an end in itself or as a preparation to the PhD degree at either HKUST or elsewhere. While we welcome students from a variety of disciplines to apply, as befits a research degree, we do expect applicants to have a strong background in a social science discipline, and, in addition, the ability to demonstrate promising research potential through a substantial research proposal.

Program Requirements

Students are required to:
a) Take a minimum of 15 credits of postgraduate courses offered by the Division, of which 9 credits must be chosen from the following research methodology courses:

SOSC 5090 Statistics in Social Science
SOSC 5110 Social Science Research Design and Methods
SOSC 5170 Systematic Methods in Qualitative Research
SOSC 5340 Quantitative Analysis in Social Science
SOSC 5700 Categorical Data Analysis
SOSC 5760 Structural Equation Modeling

Subject to the approval of the supervisors and the PG Coordinator, students may also take MGCS courses offered by the Division for the MSc Program in Global China Studies to meet the coursework requirement.

b) Complete and pass SHSS 6770 Professional Development in Humanities and Social Science which should be taken in the first year of study for full-time students, or the first two years of study for part-time students. The 1 credit earned from SHSS 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Students are also required to complete a thesis under the supervision of a faculty in the Division, and subsequently, present and defend the thesis before the Thesis Examination Committee.

All incoming MPhil students are assigned a thesis advisor and provided with a postgraduate studentship that carries with it the responsibilities of teaching/research assistance.