Lingnan University, a distinguished institution in Hong Kong, is globally recognized for its commitment to quality education and impactful research. As a leading liberal arts university, Lingnan is renowned for its top-tier international faculty and strong emphasis on nurturing close relationships between staff and students. This creates a uniquely supportive environment for advanced studies in this vibrant and energetic city.
Established in Guangzhou in 1888, Lingnan University has a rich and illustrious history. It prospered in higher education under the names of Lingnan Xuexiao and Lingnan University until 1952, before being re-established in Hong Kong in 1967. Today, Lingnan’s goal is to evolve into a research-intensive liberal arts institution in the digital era, recognized globally for exceptional teaching, learning, research, and community engagement.
The university’s consistent performance in promoting sustainable development goals has been highlighted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. Lingnan has been ranked among the world’s top three for “Quality Education” for four consecutive years, most recently claiming the second spot globally. The university also secured a position among the top 100 universities in East Asia in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 for its impressive performance in individual subjects.
In the latest Research Assessment Exercise 2020 conducted by the University Grants Committee (UGC), its research in humanities, business, and social sciences was classified as “World Leading” (4 star) and “Internationally Excellent” (3 star). Some research disciplines under business and social sciences also ranked 1st or 2nd among all public universities in Hong Kong in terms of the percentage of “World Leading” research work.
Currently, Lingnan University offers 27 MPhil and/or PhD programmes in Arts, Business, Science, and Social Sciences disciplines. The university ensures close and supportive thesis supervision through student-centered learning, one of its core values. This focus on the student is further enhanced by full-time PhD programmes in collaboration with Mainland universities, providing a broader range of learning opportunities, especially for interdisciplinary research studies.
Lingnan provides generous funding support to research postgraduate (RPg) students, including scholarships and sponsorships. These include competitive studentships, conference/field trip sponsorships, and overseas research visit scholarships, all designed to facilitate participation in various scholarly, academic/research-related, exchange, and experiential learning activities. Tuition waivers and subsidies on hostel accommodation may also be available.
The University is now inviting applications for the 2024-25 academic year, commencing in September 2024. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in specific research areas. Applicants may seek admission to our PhD programmes via the UGC’s Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme by 1 December 2023 (no late applications will be accepted) or to our MPhil and PhD programmes via direct admission by 19 January 2024.
For more details regarding Lingnan RPg programmes, application methods, and requirements, please visit the University website at https://www.ln.edu.hk/rpg/.