MPHIL/PHD IN PUBLIC POLICY

Curriculum & Courses

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program aims to train students in original research in public policy, and to cultivate independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in public policy research and formulation.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

At least 12 credits of coursework, including:

  • 9 credits from the Core Course List; and

  • 3 credits from the Elective Course List or other postgraduate course(s) approved by the supervisor and the PG Coordinator.


CORE COURSE LIST:

PPOL 5110 Foundation in Public Policy

PPOL 5120 Research Methods in Public Policy

PPOL 5130 Microeconomics and Public Policy

ELECTIVE COURSE LIST:

ECON 5280 Applied Econometrics

ECON 5370 Using Data for Economics Analysis

ENVR 5250 Environmental Economics and Management

ENVR 5260 Environmental Policy and Management

ENVR 5290 Climate Change: Science, Policy and Management

ENVR 6060 Sustainability Economics

MGCS 5022 Political Economy of China

MGCS 5023 China's Innovation System: Domestic and International Dimensions

SOSC 5110 Social Science Research Design and Methods

SOSC 5170 Systematic Methods in Qualitative Research

SOSC 5340 Quantitative Analysis in Social Science

SOSC 5700 Categorical Data Analysis

SOSC 5720 Economic Development in China

SOSC 5740 Empirical Analysis in China Studies

SSMA 5050 Economic Transformations in Post-Mao China

SSMA 5140 Innovation and Society


OTHER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of and passing PPOL 6770 Professional Development for Interdisciplinary Programs (1-credit). Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of PPOL 6770, subject to prior approval of the PG Coordinator of PPOL. The 1 credit earned from PPOL 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

  • Completion of and passing LANG 5080 English Seminar and Presentation Skills, and LANG 5081 Research Writing Skills. The 6 credits earned from LANG 5080 and LANG 5081 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5080 and/or LANG 5081 with the approval of the supervisor and the PG Coordinator.

  • Additional coursework may be required as a part of the research preparation. Students are also required to register in PPOL 6990 (MPhil Thesis Research) and complete a thesis under the supervision of a faculty assigned by PPOL, and subsequently, present and defend the thesis to the Thesis Examination Committee. They are expected to work closely with their supervisor(s) on an informal rather than formal classroom basis.

The PhD in Public Policy program provides rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. Given the breadth and depth of research faculty expertise across departments and schools in HKUST, students in the Public Policy program will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following four policy areas: science, technology and innovation policy, environmental policy and sustainability, and social changes and public policy, and China’s development policy.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

At least 21 credits of coursework, including:

  1. 9 credits from the Core Course List; and

  2. 12 credits from the Elective Course List or other postgraduate course(s) approved by the supervisor and the PG Coordinator.

Subject to approval of the PG Coordinator, students who have taken the HKUST MPhil program in Public Policy will be granted full recognition of credit transfer to the PhD in Public Policy program. Students admitted to the program with a relevant master’s degree may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis. In such case, the maximum number of credits transferrable is 6.


CORE COURSE LIST

PPOL 5110 Foundation in Public Policy

PPOL 5120 Research Methods in Public Policy

PPOL 5130 Microeconomics and Public Policy

ELECTIVE COURSE LIST

ECON 5280 Applied Econometrics

ECON 5370 Using Data for Economics Analysis

ENVR 5250 Environmental Economics and Management

ENVR 5260 Environmental Policy and Management

ENVR 5290 Climate Change: Science, Policy and Management

ENVR 6060 Sustainability Economics

MGCS 5022 Political Economy of China

MGCS 5023 China's Innovation System: Domestic and International Dimensions

SOSC 5110 Social Science Research Design and Methods

SOSC 5170 Systematic Methods in Qualitative Research

SOSC 5340 Quantitative Analysis in Social Science

SOSC 5700 Categorical Data Analysis

SOSC 5720 Economic Development in China

SOSC 5740 Empirical Analysis in China Studies

SSMA 5050 Economic Transformations in Post-Mao China

SSMA 5140 Innovation and Society


OTHER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completion of and passing PPOL 6770 Professional Development for Interdisciplinary Programs (1-credit). Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of PPOL 6770, subject to prior approval of the PG Coordinator of PPOL. The 1 credit earned from PPOL 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

  2. Completion of and passing LANG 5080 English Seminar and Presentation Skills, and LANG 5081 Research Writing Skills. The 6 credits earned from LANG 5080 and LANG 5081 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5080 and/or LANG 5081 with the approval of the supervisor and the PG Coordinator.

  3. For students whose native language is not English, and do not have a TOEFL score of over 600 (paper-based total) or 250 (computer-based total) or 100 (internet-based total), or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or a score of 4 or above in “HKDSE English Language”, they are required to take a course on English writing offered by the Center for Language Education

  4.  Submission of a thesis proposal to the Qualifying Examination Committee who will examine the student’s general background knowledge and knowledge related to the topic of the research. Students must pass the qualifying examination no later than the forth regular term of study for full-time students, or the sixth regular term of study for part-time students.

  5.  Additional coursework may be required as a part of the research preparation. Students are also required to register in PPOL 7990 (Doctoral Thesis Research) and complete a thesis under the supervision of a faculty assigned by PPOL, and subsequently, present and defend the thesis before the Thesis Examination Committee. They are expected to work closely with their supervisor(s) on an informal rather than formal classroom basis.