For Students

This page presents information and suggestions for undergraduate and graduate students at HKU and for students thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy, particularly Chinese philosophy.

For Undergraduates

For HKU Graduate Students

Graduate Study in Chinese Philosophy

A detailed discussion I wrote in 2009 about pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese Philosophy is posted beginning on this page.

In forming plans for an academic career, it’s best to consider a range of opinions from professors and students in your prospective field. The links below lead to various discussions and advice concerning postgraduate study in Chinese philosophy.

For well-prepared candidates with a very strong academic track record, my own institution, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), may be a beneficial environment in which to pursue graduate study in Chinese thought at either the PhD or MPhil level. Scholarship funding is available but admission for funded places is extremely competitive. Typically three or four graduate scholarships are available per year across all areas of philosophy (this is an improvement over 2016–2018, when scholarship funding temporarily became unavailable). The most effective way to secure funding is to win a competitive Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. Self-funded study is also possible in some cases. Potential applicants are welcome to email me for more information.

Graduate Study in Philosophy

Links to a wide range of useful discussions concerning postgraduate study in philosophy generally.

  • "A User's Guide to Philosophy Without Rankings." Extensive, helpful information, including discussions of the limitations of any ranking system, especially the PGR.

  • The Philosophical Gourmet Report on postgraduate programs in philosophy contains much useful information. Use the report as a starting point to learn more about the field and about a range of programs that might interest you. Don’t attach much importance to small differences in rank between top programs (the top twenty or so), nor to larger differences between other programs. (Given the nature and methods of the PGR, I doubt that the bottom half of the rankings accurately reflect concrete differences in faculty quality.)

  • Michael Huemer offers a somewhat harsh appraisal here. Balance his remarks against the comments here.

  • Eric Schwitzgebel wrote a pair of informative blog posts in 2007 about applying to postgraduate programs in philosophy. They are here and here.

  • Mathew Lu has some helpful advice and reflections on his graduate education here.