Ph.D. Studies in Communication

To Apply

The application deadline for the academic year 2017/2018 is 6 December 2016 and the application results will be announced in early March 2017.


To apply, please consult the SGS website (http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/prospective/apply/procedures) and draft a research proposal following the guidelines. You may wish to browse the department's website for information regarding faculty's research interest and expertise.


Research Proposal

Please bear in mind that the Research Proposal is a primary source of information for assessment of your research interest and the fit to our expertise areas, your familiarity with the relevant literature, conceptual ability, methodological skills, and English writing. You may contact Departmental Research Degree Coordinator, Dr Marko Skoric or particular faculty member(s) for clarifications on our research interests and training approaches. However, requests for advice on "how to write a good proposal (to get admitted)" will usually not be entertained because that is exactly what we look for from the proposal.


The guiding principle for a good Research Proposal is that you must have a serious question in mind worthy of careful, thorough research. That is, you must be able to state a proposition (or a series of related propositions) for detailed research and analysis.


The proposal should be written in English and include:

  1. A clear statement of the aims of the research and why it is a worthy and/or interesting topic.
  2. An outline of the research background for the topic, giving an overview of some current findings in the area, with references. From this background material it should be clear to a reader what the research problem is, and what theory, questions (hypotheses), or phenomena you wish to investigate.
  3. The methods you intend to apply to the research questions. For example, how you will collect your data, who might be the appropriate respondents, whether you will use an established data base, case studies, experimental methods, questionnaires, etc. It should be clear to a reader on the methodology to be used, its source, and its appropriateness for the purpose of investigation.
  4. A brief summary.
  5. A list of work cited in your proposal.

The proposal should be around 5 pages in single space, plus a list of work cited.


Entrance Requirements

  1. BA, MA, or M.Phil degree from a recognized university;
  2. Strong GPA (over 3.5 out of 4; or total marks of over 85 out of 100);
  3. English proficiency (see below);
  4. Publications in recognized journals would be an advantage.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and individual Faculties and Schools. The University's minimum English proficiency requirement for research degree programs is:

  1. a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based); or
  2. an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6 for each of the sub-categories including Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

(Please note that Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 test score is longer accepted.)

Research Areas of Faculty Members

Please visit the personal profile of faculty members.