Programme Overview

HKBU School of Business offers 4-year full-time PhD across five main disciplines, namely Accountancy and Law (ACLW), Economics (ECON), Finance and Decision Sciences (FDS), Management (MGNT) and Marketing (MKT). Combining academic rigour with a resolutely international approach, these programmes are ideal for future business leaders or scholars.

PhD students work in close collaboration with world-class faculty as thesis supervisor, but also a mentor and coach to support you in this intellectual journey. Students will have the opportunity to act as a part-time lecturer in the undergraduate programme. This opportunity, available in the final year of study, is an ideal stepping stone for those seeking a career in academia. Financial assistance in various forms is available through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

Learning Goals

The Learning Goals (LGs) of the RPG Programmes (MPhil and PhD) are threefold:

  • LG1: Students will acquire advanced knowledge and theories in their areas of specialization and research skills requisite for pursuing independent research on their chosen topics.
  • LG2: Students will develop the ability to design and conduct original research in their fields of specialization.
  • LG3: Students will be able to teach college-level courses in their areas of specialization.

Research Area

The School offers studies leading to a higher research degree:

  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

The supervision of postgraduate research students is an integral part of each Department’s activities. These students undertake full-time studies and research towards a PhD degree. Students from Hong Kong, China and overseas countries have been accepted on this programme.

The selection of areas of study and research is limited only by the student’s interests and each department’s resources. To assist prospective students in identifying possible options, the following is a list of disciplines/fields of study offered by the departments.

  • Department of Accountancy and Law
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing

Accountancy and Law

Financial Accounting; International Accounting; Auditing; Management Accounting; Taxation; Accounting Information Systems; Corporate Governance; Business Financial Management; Accounting and Capital Market; Accounting Education; Commercial Law; Labour Law; China Law; Company Law


Chinese Economy; Hong Kong Economy; Monetary Economy; Economic Growth and Development; Labour Economics; Industrial Economics; Financial Economics; Mathematical Economics; International Economics; Public Finance; Econometrics; Health Economics; Energy Economics

Finance and Decision Sciences

Financial Derivatives; Risk Management; Portfolio Management and Securities Analysis; Behavioural Finance; Investment Strategy; Market Micro-structure; Corporate Finance; Corporate Governance; Corporate Restructuring; Management Information Systems; Management Science; E-Commerce; Operations Research; Information System Ethics; Adoption of Information Technology; Behavioural Aspect of Information Technology; Information Technology in Education; Information Systems in SMEs; Telecommunications and Multimedia Management; Business Intelligence; Knowledge Management; e-Logistics and Supply Chain Management; e-Marketing and Customer Relationship Management; Information Systems Auditing


International Management; Strategic Management; Organizational Behaviour; Human Resources Management; Employee Relations; Cross-Cultural Management; Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics; General Management; Management in China


Strategic Marketing and Planning; Services Marketing; Marketing Issues in China; Cross-Cultural Marketing; Marketing Communication; Industrial Marketing; Sales Management; Small-Firm Marketing; Entrepreneurship; Ethical Issues in Marketing; Marketing and Society

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to provide GMAT or GRE score upon application.

Period of Study

School of Business offers a 4-year full-time PhD programme with a potential to extend to 6-year study.

Tuition Fees (PhD)

Full time

  • $42,100/academic year (UGC-funded)
  • $84,200/academic year (self-funded)
Program taught in:
  • English
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) School of Business
Last updated July 16, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
4 - 6 
42,100 HKD
Full time: $42,100/academic year (UGC-funded) $84,200/academic year (self-funded)
Apr 15, 2020
HKPFS track: 1 Dec 2019, regular track: 15 Apr 2020. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged.
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By date
Start Date
Sep 2020
End Date
June 2026
Application deadline
Apr 15, 2020
HKPFS track: 1 Dec 2019, regular track: 15 Apr 2020. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged.

Sep 2020

Application deadline
Apr 15, 2020
HKPFS track: 1 Dec 2019, regular track: 15 Apr 2020. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged.
End Date
June 2026