Research Postgraduate Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy (School of Communication)


The Research Postgraduate (RPg) programme focuses on PhD education. It is designed to enable each student to become familiar with existing knowledge in their chosen area of study, to become a critical consumer of others' research in the chosen area of study, and to become an independent knowledge creator through the use of appropriate research methodologies.

The PhD degree by research admits outstanding applicants interested in the theoretical understanding of, and academic research in advertising, communication in interactive media, game design and animation, digitally mediated communication, information processing and behaviour change, journalism, media studies, organizational communication, and public relations.

Admission of Research Postgraduate students is school-based rather than faculty based. All new students are assigned the same academic advisor in the first semester. Selection of principal and co-supervisors starts in the second semester. Faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher are eligible to MPhil and PhD supervision and at the rank of Research Assistant Professor are eligible to MPhil and PhD co-supervision.

Applicants are not advised to contact faculty members prior to admission.

Students can visit the School’s Communication and Media Studies Research website and Department websites to learn more about the key research areas that the academic staff are engaged in as well as their detailed profile.

The School’s Criteria and Procedures for Application for Research Postgraduate Studies Admission

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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities to apply for full-time PhD study under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). HKPFS is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) with an aim to attract the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong.

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Talent 100 PhD Scholarship Scheme

The Talent 100 PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to enhance the University’s research capacity and provide comprehensive and practical doctoral training, in particular interdisciplinary research training. Students admitted under the Scheme will be hosted under the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies (ITS). During the first year of study under the 4-year PhD programme, students will be involved in individual interdisciplinary research projects affiliated with the University’s Interdisciplinary Research Labs which allow them to be exposed to different research areas.

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List of Current Research Postgraduate Students

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