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Doctor of Policy Studies

Full Time
36 months
Part Time
48 months
Application Period
Application Deadline: Non-local applicants: 12 June 2020 / Local applicants: 30 June 2020
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Programme Details Doctor of Policy Studies

Hong Kong’s first Doctorate in Policy Studies aims to reflect on up-to-date research and current practices in the field with an international perspective

Housing, education, ageing, health, welfare, and poverty are some of the key social issues which concern Hong Kong and all other major cities in the world. As a result, there is an increasing interest in advanced studies and analysis of relevant social policies. Therefore, as a leading liberal arts university, Lingnan has launched a Doctor of Policy Studies (DPS) programme, the first of its kind in the Greater China region.

Experiential Learning

The Doctor of Policy Studies programme has flexible delivery modes and strong experiential learning elements including field visits, and academic workshops and seminars. The field visits (including overseas tours) are to ensure that students understand the current mindsets and practices regarding policy studies in other countries and can conduct their research from an international perspective, without simply relying on textbooks, journals and other publications.

International Outlook

The Doctor of Policy Studies programme offers students a truly comparative and international perspective in understanding the rapid social, economic and political changes in the context of policy making. It is delivered by a team of local, regional and international scholars who engage with students in critical analysis of policy responses to the many global challenges.

To assure its international competitiveness and extensive exposure of students to practices elsewhere, the programme is delivered with support from these leading international institutions:

  • University College London Institute of Education’s Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) (UK)
  • Hertford College, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath (UK)
  • Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York (UK)
  • Graduate School of Education, National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan)
  • Department of International Development, King’s College London (UK)
  • Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University (Japan)
  • Graduate School of Education, Peking University (China)

Students can expect to visit some of these partner institutions in the UK, notably the University of Bath and University of Oxford.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The programme offers students a wide range of sector-specific policy expertise including education, health, housing, labour and social welfare, children/youth studies and sociology and social policy. It also provides an excellent learning platform to engage students in reflecting on current research and practices in the various policy areas with the support of Lingnan’s numerous partners.

The programme team works closely with the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, the Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership, and the Department of Sociology and Social Policy to provide a high-quality and comprehensive learning experience.

Learning Outcome

The programme is particularly suitable for professionals with experience in public administration, education sector, non-governmental organisations, and think tanks.  “They will gain specialised knowledge plus analytical skills from comparative and international perspective,” Professor Maggie Lau, Programme Director says. “Graduates will be able to successfully transfer and apply overseas policies and practices in Hong Kong, tackle critical social problems by analysing and setting the right policies for the city.”

The Programme provides a flexible articulation pathway for graduates of our master’s degree programmes, including the Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy or the MA in International Higher Education and Management, Lau says.

Unique Features

  • The only professional doctorate in policy studies in Greater China
  • Comparative perspectives in policy studies with a wide range of sector-specific expertise
  • Excellent teaching team with internationally renowned scholars and policy leaders
  • Flexible and interactive delivery modes including experiential learning elements such as field visits, academic workshops and seminars
  • Provides opportunities for student exchange at University of Bath and a summer programme at University of Oxford