As a leading liberal arts university in Asia, Lingnan University offers a wide range of research postgraduate (RPg) programmes across the humanities, social sciences and business studies. Lingnan provides its students and researchers with generous support and they conduct research and projects with high social relevance and impact.
The research work conducted at Lingnan was classified as “World Leading” and “Internationally Excellent” in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) conducted by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. The RAE uses international benchmarks to identify the relative strengths of the city’s public universities. Over 50% of Lingnan’s submitted research outputs were rated either world leading or internationally excellent. In the fields of Accountancy, Sociology and Anthropology, Social Work and Social Policy, and Philosophy, Lingnan was placed first or second, in terms of the percentage of “World Leading” research work. While, for reach and significance, 56 percent of the university’s research was assessed to have achieved “Considerable or Outstanding Impact”.
In the latest QS World University Rankings 2022, Lingnan was ranked 33rd globally in “International Faculty”. Over 180 of the academic staff at Lingnan boast PhDs, and other advanced degrees, from some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Oxford, Peking, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCL, UCLA, and Yale. Building on the diverse range of research interests of these faculty, the university has a strong commitment to developing successful interdisciplinary research, as well as forging international partnerships and collaborative ties. Lingnan also ensures that, alongside the contribution they make to academia, its research projects effectively inform teaching and knowledge transfer.
Programme of studies
Lingnan offers 25 MPhil and PhD programmes across the arts, business, social sciences and science, disciplines. The University takes a student-centred learning approach, which ensures close and supportive thesis supervision, while also encourages intellectual creativity.
Because of the University’s external partnerships, the options available to postgraduate students extend beyond Lingnan itself. These options include the Double PhD Degree Programme in Economics with the Mainland’s Wuhan University, and the PhD Programmes with Joint Supervision with Shenzhen University, which lies just across the border, for research areas related to International Relations and Development Studies.
Learning activities and support
To give students researchers more global exposure and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other academics, Lingnan organises and takes part in, international conferences on topics ranging from the development of higher education in a post pandemic world, to urban governance. The University also hosts seminars for the sharing of research findings and the exploration of new opportunities for collaboration.
Furthermore, other experiential learning activities, such as sponsored field trips and overseas research visits, are open to all RPg students, regardless of their programme and background. In the QS Asia University Rankings 2021, Lingnan was ranked top for “Inbound Exchange Students” and “Outbound Exchange Students”.
For application details, please go to https://ln.edu.hk/rpg/