Research Postgraduate Programme (MPhil)


Master of Philosophy in Visual Arts

(Two Year Full-time, Theory-based or Practice-led)



The Master of Philosophy in Visual Arts (Theory-based or Practice-led) is based on identifying, understanding and developing creative practice as a specialized field of knowledge production. It is particularly focused on practice-led research strategies and methodologies in the visual arts with the intention of supporting the development of the individual artist’s creative works and research. The studio-based programme enables the production of new bodies of work within a programme of tutorials, seminars, and lectures that requires research candidates to evaluate and reflect on a range of conceptual, philosophical, material and theoretical frameworks, and demonstrate their understanding of contemporary critical thinking and visual art practice.



Full-time residency requirement: 24 months

Degree requirements: a combination of coursework and independent practice-led creative research. Students should successfully complete a minimum of 12 units of coursework (including three units of mandatory common core courses) as laid down by the programme and achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.67. Students are required to complete an approved program of supervised practice-led research, present the findings of their research in a thesis and practical work, and pass the oral defense of the written thesis and practical work.


Programme Tuition Fee

Theory-based programme: HK$42,100 per year

Practice-led programme: HK$84,200 per year


1. Theory-based programme

Students will be provided with studentship of HK$15,700 (approx. US$2,000) per month. No scholarship is provided for the tuition fee.

2. Practice-led programme

Full scholarships covering the full tuition will be given to successful applicants admitted for the 24-month study period. In addition, students will be provided with studentship of about HK$12,000 per month during the same period.

Other finance support

Students receiving the scholarship will be provided HK$10,000 ($1,270) to cover research related general expenses.


Research Expertise

Image: Body Aesthetics and Performance Art, Chinese Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Design, Folk Art and Culture, Hong Kong Art, Interactive Media, Time-based Media, Theories of Material Culture, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Public Art and Community, and Visual Culture Studies.


Graduate Prospects

This programme offers the route to further research and the potential for moving towards a professional doctorate in visual arts related areas or a practice-based PhD. Graduates can also move on as professional visual artists/creative practitioners within the wide spectrum of the creative industry.


Admission Requirements

1. Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or a qualification deemed to be equivalent

2. TOEFL (iBT79) or IELTS 6.5 for students graduated from non-English speaking institutions

3. Transcript

4. Letters of recommendation

5. Résumé

6. Examples of artwork

7. Artist’s statement

8. Research Proposal

(The requirement of research proposal: 10 pages including summary of the research topic, research questions, an initial statement of the relationship between written and practical/visual research and research methods.)



Application forms are available at:
Office of Graduate School AAB 904, Level 9,
Academic and Administration Building,
Baptist University Road Campus,
Hong Kong Baptist University,
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

On-line application:


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted year-round and should be sent directly to the Graduate School. Short-listed applicants may be invited to attend an interview in October (for January 2018 intake, deadline of application 15 September 2017).

Note: Information on admissions procedures, regulations, and financial support can be obtained from the Graduate School