Art History at the University of Hong Kong is one of Asia’s leading centres of art historical research. We offer research postgraduate (RPg) programmes leading to the award of research postgraduate degrees in art history, including Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). For information on our taught postgraduate programme, go to the MA section. Please note that we do not offer any applied degrees in studio art or design.
Our MPhil is a two-year full-time (or three-year part-time) programme while PhD takes three or four years full-time (four-and-a-half or six years part-time). Both programmes are based primarily on the writing of an English dissertation under the close supervision of a primary supervisor, a full-time teaching faculty from our department. It is possible to have a co-supervisor within or outside our department.
It is the Graduate School‘s responsibility to handle the overall management of the degrees. It helps to set guidelines and policies on admissions, academic progress, examinations and quality assurance. It also provides compulsory courses and optional workshops to students. For administrative issues and concerns, research postgraduate students shall consult staff in the School of Humanities office, rather than our department general office.
Note that we do not currently participate in the King’s College London and Hong Kong University Joint PhD programme.
The Graduate School sets guidelines and regulations for research postgraduate education, and implements policies on admissions, academic progress, examinations and quality assurance in respect of training for research students.
HKU Research Services
The Research Services aims to support and promote research at HKU. It provides information on research funding opportunities and guidelines on drafting research proposal.
HKU Library Service
The Library offers a wide range of electronic resources, as well as provide research data services and research consultation service to postgraduate students.
Length of leave
For full-time students only: up to 14 days (excluding Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays) in each 12-month period during the normative study period
Types of leave
- Study Leave
- Non-study Leave
- Sick Leave
- Maternity Leave
- Paternity Leave
Applications for leave of absence from Hong Kong and/or from the approved course of study and research, or for vacation purposes, shall be made by completing the application form as early as possible and in advance of the proposed leave period. The application shall be addressed to the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee(DRPC) via the supervisor(s).
Permission for absence of up to one month may be granted by the DRPC on the recommendation of the candidate’s supervisor(s). An application for absence for a period exceeding one month shall be considered by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (FHDC), on the recommendation of the DRPC.