Double PhD Degree Programme in Business with South China University of Technology (SCUT), China
Lingnan University (LU) and South China University of Technology (SCUT) have launched a 4-year double PhD degree programme in Business from September 2022, which leverages more rigorous coursework training from SCUT’s PhD programme.
Final-year MPhil or first-year PhD students in SCUT are eligible to apply for admission to this double degree programme. Students will spend their 1st and 3rd years of study at SCUT receiving coursework training, and the 2nd and 4th years of study at LU working on a research thesis and fulfiling other programme requirements. Each student will be matched with at least one supervisor each from SCUT and LU. Upon graduation, students will be awarded a PhD degree in Management from SCUT and a PhD degree in Business from LU (subject to successful obtainment of the SCUT PhD degree).
Study Mode and Programme Duration
The programme is available in full-time mode. The normal study period is 4 years, with a maximum 1-year extension subject to approval by both SCUT and LU.
Students will spend their 1st and 3rd years in SCUT as a registered student to complete the course requirements of SCUT’s PhD programme, and the 2nd and 4th years in LU as a registered student to work on a research thesis and required coursework.
Students are advised to start research work for the first two years and concentrate on research in the last two years. Students should fulfil all the course requirements for both SCUT and LU.
Students have to complete all the coursework and take all the prescribed tests and examinations during their research studies at LU, including 2 compulsory courses. During the first 18 months in LU, students should pass a written candidacy examination administered by individual departments to become an All But Dissertation (ABD).
All major courses taken by students during their PhD studies at SCUT can be used to fulfil 9 of the 12-credits Major requirements for the PhD in Business programme at LU. Students must also fulfil the 3-credit Quantitative Requirement and take 3 credits of course in the Major Requirement category at LU.
Award of Degree
On fulfilment of all graduation requirements of both SCUT and LU, students will be awarded a PhD degree in Business from LU and a PhD degree in Management from SCUT respectively. Degrees will be awarded from LU conditional on the fulfilment of all LU graduation requirements and compliance with all LU regulations for Research Postgraduate students. Additionally, students must successfully obtain a PhD degree from SCUT before being awarded a PhD degree from LU.
Fees and Studentships
SCUT will collect tuition fee and miscellaneous fees for the 1st and the 3rd years, while LU will collect tuition fee and miscellaneous fees for the 2nd and the 4th years.
Studentships will be provided to students by SCUT for the 1st and the 3rd years of study and by LU for the 2nd and 4th years.
For LU, please refer to https://LN.edu.hk/rpg/admission/financial-support for the details of financial support available.
For SCUT, please refer to http://www2.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/1169/list.htm for details.
Accommodation will be available for students during their studies at LU. Details of student hostels of LU are available at https://LN.edu.hk/osa/hostel. For SCUT, please refer to SCUT’s website at https://www.scut.edu.cn/en/main.htm for details.
Applicants shall meet the minimum admission requirements of both universities.
For LU, please refer to https://LN.edu.hk/rpg/admission/requirement/admission-criteria-and-requirements for the admission criteria and requirements of LU, and https://LN.edu.hk/rpg/admission/requirement/additional-admission-requirements for the additional admission requirements of the PhD in Business programme.
For SCUT, please refer to https://www.scut.edu.cn/en/wdmission/list.htm for the admission criteria and requirements of SCUT.
An applicant needs to pass the interview jointly conducted by the faculty members from both LU and SCUT.
Application for Admission
Applicants should submit an individual application to LU via the online admission system at https://www.LN.edu.hk/admissions/applyonline/index-rpg.html.
For more details about online submission and uploading of documents, please refer to the webpage of Online Application at https://LN.edu.hk/rpg/admission/application-for-admission/online-application.
HK$200 (late application fee HK$400)
20 January 2023*
(*Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to the availability of places.)
About South China University of Technology (SCUT)
For the details about South China University of Technology, please visit SCUT’s website at https://www.scut.edu.cn/en/main.htm.