M.Phil./Ph.D. in Economics

Programme-specific Requirements

The applicants must possess:

  1. a Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a relevant field for the MPhil programme;
  2. a taught Master’s degree or an MPhil dgree in Economics or a relevant field, and with good recommendations from the awarding university for the PhD programme;
  3. an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Application Materials

  1. Copies of identity card or passport
  2. Official transcripts from the University attended by applicants*
  3. Copies of degree certificates
  4. Original of English proficiency proof (to be sent directly by the examination bodies)
  5. A sample of writings (e.g. Master’s dissertation or research paper)
  6. A research proposal
  7. Confidential Recommendations from two referees respectively*

* Official Transcripts and Confidential Recommendation must reach the respective divisions directly from the University and referees, or in sealed envelopes and sent by the applicant with other support documents to the Graduate Division.


A Research Proposal

Among other things, a strong proposal including the background of research and the originality of its thesis is essential to the success of your application. The followings are items that the applicant may include in the research proposal:

  1. Area of interests
  2. Proposed thesis and arguments of your project
  3. Background of your research
  4. Research methodology
  5. Brief outline of the thesis/dissertation proposed
  6. Preliminary list of primary and secondary references

Length of proposal (for reference only):
For MPhil 5-8 pages, about 2,000 to 3,200 words
For PhD 10-12 pages, about 4,000 to 5,000 words
Language: the proposal must be written in English

List of Supervisors / Research Fields