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Postgraduate Programmes


The Department welcomes application for Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The period of study of MPhil programmes is normally two years for full-time and three years for part-time students. The period of study for PhD programmes is normally three years for full-time and five years for part-time students with a relevant Master's degree.

Areas of Research Interest of VS Faculty

Prof. Emilie Yueh Yu YEH, Lam Wong Yiu Wah Chair Professor of Visual Studies; BA (NSYSU), MA (UMUC), PhD (USC)

Early film history, Media industry, East Asian cinema, Chinese Wenyi pictures

Prof. Rafael DE CLERCQ, Associate Professor; BA, PhD (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Aesthetics, metaphysics, analytic philosophy

Prof. Michelle Ying Ling HUANG , Associate Professor; BBA, MA (HKUST); MLitt, PhD (St Andrews)

Cross-cultural exchange on art and curating, history of collecting and display of Chinese painting, art of the Chinese diaspora, art and globalization

Prof. Alessandra DI CROCE, Research Assistant Professor; BA, MA (Universita’ di Roma La Sapienza); MA, PhD (Columbia University)

Medieval and early-modern European art, Italian Renaissance, visual and material culture in Europe in the age of Reformation, antiquarianism in the West, visual culture and climate changes

Prof. Selina Chui Fun HO, Research Assistant Professor; BA (CItyU), MA (HKU), MA (Leicester U), PhD (UoM)

Museum and curatorial studies, modern and contemporary art, art museums in China, production and consumption of art, asian cultural studies

Prof. Wesley Aaron JACKS, Research Assistant Professor; BA (Wabash), MA (UW-Madison), PhD (UC-SB)

Media industries, Chinese film historiographies, media piracy, cinema technologies, film aesthetics

Prof. Yu-Chieh LI , Research Assistant Professor; BA (University of Tübingen), MA, PhD (Heidelberg University)

Global modern and contemporary art, theories and histories of performance art, socially-engaged art, art historiography, visual culture in the Dutch East Indies

Application Method

Fellowships and Studentships

A full-time PhD student will normally be awarded with either a PhD Fellowship or a Postgraduate Studentship. A full-time MPhil student will normally be awarded a Postgraduate Studentship.

Research Postgraduate Student Conference/Field Trip Sponsorships

The University deems it important to provide support to research postgraduate students in academic activities, mainly conference attendance and conducting field trips, to nurture their academic and/or professional growth.

Research Postgraduate Scholarships for Overseas Research Visits

A full-time PhD student who wishes to undertake a short-term visit at an overseas institution for a term and up to 6 months can apply for the scholarships. During the period of visit, the PhD student will be immersed in a research environment different from his/her original, and be expected to participate in research activities under the co-supervision by Supervisors from Lingnan and the host institution. MPhil and PhD students at Lingnan are expected to benefit from the academic exchanges with in-bound overseas research students.

For the amount of studentships and grants, please visit:

MPhil and PhD Research Dissertations by Recent VS Graduates

Mr Kin Wah LAU

Mphil Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2018)



PhD Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2017)

Hong Kong Ink Painting - Its Role in the Development of Chinese Painting in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century and Beyond


Mphil Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2016)

Collaboration Between Art Museums and Universities in Hong Kong : Benefits, Difficulties and Methods


PhD Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2016)

World Cinema Beyond the Periphery - Developing Film Cultures in Bhutan, Mongolia, and Myanmar

Dr Samson Kei Shun WONG

PhD Visual Studies, Lingnan University (2016)

Defining Community Art : Theoretical and Practical Reconstruction

For all the research dissertations, please browse: