The MPhil programme is research-oriented. Students work closely with a supervisor in reading the literature, conducting research and writing theses. Students spend the first year taking courses in preparation for their fieldwork. Students conduct fieldwork in the summer after their first year, and spend the second year writing the thesis.
Full-time graduate students are eligible for financial aid from the department — the department offers a number of postgraduate studentships of approximately HK$17,330 per month for 24 months (with effect from 1 August 2019).
The goals of the MPhil programme at CUHK are