PhD in History

Duration: 4 years
Medium of Instruction: English, some courses in Chinese


To train students to become research-oriented scholars and prepare them for their academic career in the future.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to:
1. Recognize, understand, and apply the basic theories, research methods and frontier issues in the studies of history, and to be well trained in three areas – the history of China, the history of Sino-Western communication and the history of Macao.
2. Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills, apply and evaluate the principles and skills of academic writing, and develop a solid foundation in the areas of academic analysis, writing, and communication.
3. Demonstrate academic ethics, to develop an independent path in both the research and writing of the thesis, demonstrating a significant and original contribution to the field of study, and to author academic work of the highest standards, thus constructing a solid foundation for a future academic career.


  • University-wide and Faculty-based courses to improve writing skills, research ethics, teaching ability, and knowledge in the student’s chosen field
  • Individual supervision to develop research and writing skills
  • Help the students with the preparation of academic publication


For students who are admitted in or before 2019/2020, click here.

For students who are admitted in or after 2020/2021, click here.

Graduation Requirements

For students who are admitted in or before 2019/2020:

  • Obtain 33 credits for students admitted with a relevant Master’s degree; 39 credits for students admitted without a relevant Master’s degree.
  • Write a doctoral thesis and pass the oral defense.

For students who are admitted in or after 2020/2021:

  • Complete all coursework (9 credits).
  • Write a doctoral thesis (18 credits) and pass the oral defense.

Entry Requirements

Please refer to the website of the Graduate School for details.

Career Prospects

A history PhD student is usually meant to become a scholar (mainly university professor). And, of course, one can also apply for work in other areas related to history and culture such as management and arts administration in the government, media, museum, library, or private company.