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Programs
We offer two research programs that lead to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program in Social Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Social Science. All applicants who are admitted to our Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) program may, upon successful completion of the program, apply for transfer to the doctoral (PhD) program. The M.Phil program takes two years of full-time enrollment to complete. The PhD program takes another two to three years. All full-time eligible students are provided with a postgraduate studentship. In addition, research students are eligible for grants to conduct field research, to disseminate their research findings at professional meetings, and in some instances to teach a course under the close supervision of their advisors. Our Division offers competent supervision in the areas of sociology, political science, economics, demography, anthropology, urban studies, geography, psychology, and STS (Science, Technology and Society). We also offer a taught postgraduate program, namely the Master of Arts (MA) in Social Science. The program can be completed within one calendar year of full-time study.
Research Postgraduate Programs
All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the University as stated in the Academic Regulations. For admission to the PhD program, it is preferred that applicants who attended educational institutions where the language of instruction was not English and whose first language is not English earn a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).


"The Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching at HKUST is awarded annually to the instructor who best exemplifies continuous pursuit of excellence, devotion to teaching, and the ability to inspire and motivate others. Although SOSC is one of the smallest academic units at HKUST, we are proud to have had three winners of the Medal since it was first awarded in 1994."