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 COURSEs

PPOL 5110 Foundation in Public Policy

PPOL 5120 Research Methods in Public Policy

PPOL 5130 Microeconomics and Public Policy

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

PPOL 5180 Risk and Regulation

PPOL 5190 Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development

PPOL 5200 Aging, Demography and Policy 

PPOL 5210 Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management 

PPOL 5220 Complex Systems for Policy 

PPOL 5230 Technology, Innovation and Public Policy 

PPOL 5250 Innovation and Sustainability 

PPOL 5270 Finance, Financial Crises and Economic Development 

PPOL 6000 Independent Study 

PPOL 6100 Special Topics in Public Policy 

 

Other elective courses

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

  • Professional Development Course Requirement
    Completion of and passing PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students (1 credit). Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
    Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the PG Coordinator of PPOL. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

  • English Language Requirement
    Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

    Students are required to complete 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.

  • Thesis Research
    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.

  • Additional coursework may be required as a part of the research preparation

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 COURSEs

PPOL 5110 Foundation in Public Policy

PPOL 5120 Research Methods in Public Policy

PPOL 5130 Microeconomics and Public Policy

 

ELECTIVE COURSEs

PPOL 5180 Risk and Regulation 

PPOL 5190 Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development 

PPOL 5200 Aging, Demography and Policy 

PPOL 5210 Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management 

PPOL 5220 Complex Systems for Policy 

PPOL 5230 Technology, Innovation and Public Policy 

PPOL 5250 Innovation and Sustainability 

PPOL 5250 Innovation and Sustainability 

PPOL 5270 Finance, Financial Crises and Economic Development 

PPOL 6000 Independent Study

PPOL 6100 Special Topics in Public Policy 
 

other elective courses 

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

  • Professional Development Course Requirement
    Completion of and passing PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students (1 credit). Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
    Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the PG Coordinator of PPOL. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

  • English Language Requirement
    Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

    Students are required to complete 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.

  • PhD Qualifying Examination
    PhD students are required to submit a thesis proposal to the Qualifying Examination Committee who will examine the students’ 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.

  • Thesis Research
    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 to the Thesis Examination Committee. They are expected to work closely with their supervisor(s) on an informal rather than formal classroom basis.

  • Additional coursework may be required as a part of the research preparation