Research Postgraduate Studies

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is one of Asia’s leading centres of art historical research. We offer research programmes leading to the award of MPhil and PhD degrees in art history. For information on our taught MA program, see the MAAH section. Please note that we do not offer any applied degrees in studio art or design.

The MPhil is a two-year full-time (or three-year part-time) programme. The 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 a dissertation under the close supervision of one or two of the department’s full-time teachers. Our faculty members have deep strengths in Asian art and western art, with special expertise in intercultural interaction. Supervision is thus available in the following areas of art history:

  • Chinese art (including Hong Kong art)
  • Japanese art
  • European art
  • American art
  • Asian-western artistic interaction

English is the medium of instruction throughout the department, as in the University as a whole, and full-time MPhil and PhD students automatically receive a scholarship sufficient to cover both tuition and living expenses. The main application deadline is normally December 1; applications are also accepted for clearing rounds by April 30 and August 31. Programme details are available by choosing the tabs to the left of this page. For inquiries, write to the Postgraduate Coordinator (under the “Contact” tab above).