Gender Studies Programme - PhD in Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary programme with a unifying focus on gender as a theoretical perspective or as a subject of analysis. It allows students to bring together different disciplinary and methodological approaches for the advancement of gender studies. The programme emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and research skills.

The objective of the PhD Programme in Gender Studies is to encourage further investigation of teaching and research in gender studies in East and Southeast Asian societies at an advanced level.

 Supervision and Subject Discipline

Students of PhD in Gender Studies are usually supervised by a professorial grade teacher of a subject discipline from a respective department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Subject disciplines include but are not limited to the followings: Anthropology, Communication, Cultural Studies, Educational Administration and Policy, English, Fine Arts, Government and Public Administration, History, Japanese Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Translation. A list of our current students and graduates' supervisor can be found here for reference. For a list of departments at our university, please visit our University 's website.


Who should apply?

Applicants may come from a variety of backgrounds. While a Master's degree in gender studies is not required, applicants should have some knowledge of gender studies and good background in their intended research perspective.


Period of study

Full-time Part-time
For students with a research master's degree

Normative period: 36 months

Maximum period: 72 months

Normative period: 48 months

Maximum period: 84 months

For students without a research master's degree

Normative period: 48 months

Maximum period: 84 months

Normative period: 64 months

Maximum period: 100 months


Tuition Fee

HK$42,100 per annum


Financial Assistance

I.  Postgraduate Studentships (PGS) are available for full-time Ph.D. students. Students need not make a separate application for obtaining the PGS. The stipends are in return for students' assistance in the teaching and research work, which is approximately 12 hours a week. The  monthly stipend is  HK$16,270 in 2017-18. While receiving the PGS award, a student must not undertake other engagement or employment, full-time or part-time, unless with permission of the University.

II. You can also consider applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme(HKPFS). It is established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, and  aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's institutions. The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years.

For more information, please visit the HKPFS website at :

https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/apply.html


Language

For Gender Studies's courses, lectures are usually in English. While for discussion and students' presentation, students can use the language they feel most comfortable with, as long as the lecturers concerned understand that language. Meanwhile, most courses use English reading materials.


Coursework Requirements

*Course description

  1. Required Course of the Gender Studies Programme (15 units)
    Course Code Course Title
    GDRS5010 Gender Studies: Theory
    GDRS5020 Gender Studies: Methodology
    GDRS5030 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I
    GDRS5040 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II
    GDRS8500 Thesis Research


Elective Course of Gender Studies Programme (6 units)

Any two 3-unit courses to be chosen from GDRS5061 to GDRS5069 Directed Studies, or other relevant courses offered by other Divisions.

The study scheme of 2017-18 is available for your reference.


Accommodation

Full-time Ph.D. students are eligible to apply for on-campus residence. Information can be found here .


Admission Requirements

All students should fulfil the requirements prescribed below before they are admitted:

  1. Academic Qualification
    1. Master's degree from a recognized university; or

    2. Bachelor's degree, normally with Second Class Honours in the upper division or above, and have been registered in a course of study for a Master's degree at this University for at least one year and have demonstrated research ability; or

    3. Been registered in a course of study for a doctoral degree at a recognized university for at least one year, and have been approved for admission by the Graduate Council.

  2. English Language Proficiency Requirement
    1. possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
      • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination. (AS Level);
      • Hong Kong Higher Level Examination;
      • CUHK Matriculation Examination;
      • General Certificate of Education A-Level / AS-Level; or

    2. have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or

    3. achieve the specified scores in the following tests:
      • TOEFL* (550 Paper-based; 213 computer-based; and 79 internet-based);
      • IELTS* (Academic) (Band 6.5);
      • GMAT (Verbal) (Band 21); or
        (*TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for two years from the test date; GMAT is considered valid for five years from the test date.)

    4. have obtained a recognized professional qualification awarded in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or

    5. may be exceptionally admitted upon full justification.

Application Method

For applicants who wish to apply for Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS):

If you would like to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme,  please visit : https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/apply.html for more details. You need to submit separate applications for the fellowship and for the admission to our programme. The deadline of application is 1 December 2017.

For applicants who wish to apply for PhD in Gender Studies:

Please apply online by following the instructions of the notes of application AND the important notes below:

***IMPORTANT NOTES for applicants of PhD in Gender Studies***

1. Please indicate your intended subject discipline at the “Field of study (Optional)” on the application form.

2. After completing your online application, please remember to send the following materials to the Gender Studies Programme:

  • your supporting documents (for details please refer to the notes for applicants)
  • A research proposal
    The quality of the research proposal is crucial to the success of an application. The purpose of the proposal is to briefly describe to the Admission Panel the research project the applicants wish to pursue. A brief description of the intended research topic, objectives, and methods should be presented; The proposal should include the following items:
    • What is the topic of the proposed study? What questions will be addressed?
    • Why is this topic important and why does it interest the applicants? A full survey of the literature is not expected to be offered, but if possible, do indicate how the research will differ from research that has already been done.
    • What methodology do the applicants propose to use in the research
    • The proposal can be written in English or Chinese. Providing an English abstract will be appreciated if the proposal is in Chinese. The length of the proposal should be between 5 to 8 pages.
  • Your CV (optional)

Address of Gender Studies Programme:  
Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong


Application Deadline

For Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:

1 December 2017

1. By 12:00 noon (Hong Kong time) - to submit an initial application to RGC; and
2. By 5:00 p.m. (Hong Kong time) - to submit full application to CUHK 

Please refer to HKPFS page for more details.

For all other applicants: 

31 Jan 2018


Enquiry

Address: Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong (map)
Tel: (852) 3943 1026
Fax: (852) 2603 7223
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Website: http://www.gender.cuhk.edu.hk