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Pre-doctoral Programme

The Pre-doctoral Programme is a full-time, non-degree Programme which offers an opportunity for high-potential individuals to gain valuable training and experience towards a career in academic research before applying to a PhD programme in business and related fields.

Participants of the Programme will be engaged as full-time research assistants under the mentorship of faculty member(s).  A highly competitive research assistantship will be offered. During the Programme, he/she will participate in our research seminars/workshops and take up to two of our Research Postgraduate (RPg) courses offered per semester, for which exemptions may be granted should he/she be eventually admitted to our PhD programme, subject to the relevant regulations.

Programme Period

The duration of the Programme should normally be one year commencing on the first day of July and ending in June of the following year. Exceptions could be granted upon demonstration of sound justification, subject to approval.


  1. The candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree at first class honours or equivalent qualification from a reputable university, or will obtain such qualification by June 30, 2020.
  2. The candidate must obtain a legal right to take up full-time employment and reside in Hong Kong during the course of the Pre-doctoral Programme.

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to fill in an online application form and upload the following documents* in support of the application:

  1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  2. Academic transcript(s) and graduation certificate(s) of undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies
  3. Proof of English proficiency (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL) (only for participants whose qualifications were obtained from university outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English)
  4. Personal statement in English describing research work experience and future research planning (500-1000 words)

*Please combine documents 1-4 into one PDF file before uploading, with your English name as the file name, e.g. "CHAN Tai Man.pdf"

Application Deadline

Applicants should submit their applications by November 20, 2019. Due to the very limited quota, late applications may not be considered.

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