• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #46 (QS) Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
The PhD in Laws is the most advanced degree awarded by the University. Students are required to conduct extensive research and write a thesis of publishable quality making an original contribution to knowledge, under the guidance of a member of the Faculty. Only a limited number of places are available each year and placement is highly competitive.
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All applicants are required to submit as part of their application a research plan not exceeding 5,000 words in length. The research plan will be reviewed by the Faculty in evaluating the applicant’s potential for conducting academic research at PhD level. Although it is understood that applicants are generally not yet ready to develop a full argument and/or solution for a problem at the application stage, they are expected to address the following in their research plan:

  • Title of the research;
  • Research objectives;
  • Major problem(s) to be explored;
  • Outline of subject-matter content of the proposal;
  • Review of the literature in the field;
  • Research methodologies to be used; and
  • Expected contribution of the resulting thesis to learning in the field of law.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete the following courses for graduation:

  • LAWS7001 Orientation to Research Postgraduate Studiesand LAWS7002 Research Methodologies in the first two academic terms of enrolment; and
  • LAWS7003 Legal Academic Composition for Research Postgraduate Students in the first academic term of the second year of enrolment,
  • LAWS8001 Thesis Research, Writing and Organisation(multi-taking), a thesis monitoring course, throughout their enrolment in the Programme.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • In addition to the General Requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must:
  • possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree or a Master of Laws (LLM) degree awarded by a recognized university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; or
  • possess an equivalent degree (including non-law related) awarded by a recognized tertiary educational institution.
Applicants must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement by:
  • possessing a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country, or taught primarily in the English Language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5384 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5384 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    5384 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5384 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

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