Research Degrees

The PhD Research Degree Programme in Information Systems

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Research Degree Programme in Information Systems admitted the first group of research students in 1990. It is now among the largest and the most extensive of its kind in the region, with more than 50 students currently enrolled on the programme.

This programme develops scholars who can draw on the concepts and methods of information technology, organizational behavior and strategy, and economics in conducting research on complex issues arising from the design, application and management of information systems in organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on the links between theory and practice and upon the practical application of innovative information systems methods and techniques to business, organizational, and societal problems. The research methodologies employed range from behavioral methods (both qualitative and quantitative), technical modelling to econometrics. Main areas of research include (1) Knowledge and Innovation Management; (2) Electronic/Mobile Commerce; (3) Online Social Networks; (4) IS Related Policy and Economic Analysis; (5) Healthcare; (6) Cyber Security; (7) Big Data; (8) Financial Information Services; (9) Artificial Intelligence; and (10) Technology Innovation and Platform Economy.

Research Support

Research support is very good by international standards and there is a supportive and congenial environment in which research students pursue their scholarly work. The establishment of “Digital Innovation Lab” in early 2017 aims to collaborate, strengthen and elevate the applied research activities in the department. Departmental staff and research students are active in the international IS research community through their publications in leading IS journals and conferences, along with their participation on editorial boards and conference committees. Research students are supervised by an international team of experienced active researchers. There is also a visiting scholars’ programme through which prominent IS professors worldwide are invited to visit the Department to give seminars and advise on research.

Entrance Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

For admission to Ph.D. candidature, an applicant should:

  • Hold a recognized higher research degree (e.g. MPhil) in information systems or related area form a

recognized university; or

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized

university; or

  • Hold a Master degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applications from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified both by the University and the College of Business.

  • A minimum total score of 550 (paper-based test); or 79 (internet-based); or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in TOEFL; or
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5; or
  • Other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to the required TOEFL score as mentioned.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be considered in two rounds (January and April) annually. For detailed application procedures, please visit the home page of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for the Award of the Degree

  • Successfully completing prescribed coursework requirements;
  • Presenting the results of research in a thesis which gives evidence of a sound understanding of the area of study, its context and applicability and makes a contribution to knowledge; and
  • Passing an oral examination.