Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Media

Employs a mentor-based approach with an emphasis on both traditional scholarship and creative innovation


Mode of Study

Full Time

Normal Study Period

4 years



  • Employs a mentor-based approach with an emphasis on both traditional scholarship and creative innovation.
  • Students' research activities encompass many different kinds of art and media creation with an emphasis on new media.
  • Highly interdisciplinary programme - Students' research deploys methodologies from the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • Current full-time PhD students are funded either through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPFS) or by studentships.

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Research areas of SCM

  • Animation
  • Film, Video, & Photography
  • HCI & Computer Graphics
  • Media & Cultural Studies
  • New Media Art & Installation
  • Physical Computing & Fabrication
  • Playable Media
  • Socially & Ecologically Engaged Art
  • Software Art, Machine Learning & AI
  • Sound Art


Step 1
Check Entrance Requirements and Admission Handbook for Research Degree Programmes, especially for the requirements on research proposal, with the Research Proposal Information Sheet.


Step 2
Identify a potential research supervisor

Prof Damien Charrieras Prof Qinyuan Lei
Prof Max Hattler Prof Olli Tapio Leino
Prof Jussi Pekka Holopainen Prof PerMagnus Lindborg
Prof Yuk Hui Prof Can Liu
Prof Ryo Ikeshiro Prof Elke Reinhuber
Prof Tobias Klein Prof Louisa S Y Wei
Prof Ray LC Prof Jamie Zhao Jing
Prof Miu Ling Lam Prof. Shengdong Zhao
Prof Manfred Lau Prof Bo Zheng
Prof Sangjoon Lee Prof Kening Zhu


Send the following materials to the potential supervisor to initiate discussion, obtain their agreement to be your potential research supervisor and put their name in Research Proposal Information Sheet.

Humanities/Social Sciences Art + Research Computer Graphics/HCI
  • CV
  • Research direction (1-2 pages)
  • Writing sample (one published academic article, or one chapter of master's/bachelor's thesis)
  • CV
  • Research direction (1-2 pages)
  • Portfolio
  • CV
  • Research direction (1-2 pages); optional
  • Research publications (if any)

Please note:

  • Consent from a faculty member as your potential research supervisor does not imply successful application.
  • Application without proposed research supervisor will not be processed.


Step 3
Decide which funding scheme you should apply to:

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)
    • If you are a strong candidate, we encourage you to apply to this scheme. Please also discuss this with your potential research supervisor.
    • The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$27,600 (~US$3,538) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,800 (~US$1,760) per year for three years. CityUHK will provide a monthly studentship at the same level as the Fellowship for the fourth year (subject to review and revision).
    • Monthly tuition fee: HK$3,508 (full-time). HKPFS recipients will receive the “Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarship” (around HK$89,496/~US$11,473), which covers students’ full-time tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in their first year.
    • Details
    • Download flyer
    • Examples of successful HKPFS applicants:
      Kay Beadman Janina Hoth Megan Marie Olinger
      Huang Chen Mankun Liu Olga Timurgalieva
      Daniel Eckhoff Aki Nagasaka  
  • University Studentship
    • Monthly studentship: HK$17,510 (rate for 2022/23; subject to review and revision). See this page for more details.
    • Monthly tuition fee: $3,508 (full-time)
    • Details
  • Self-Financed
    • Monthly tuition fee: HK$7,016 (full-time)


Step 4

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)
    • Please go to this page and follow the section "Application Process and Timelines".
    • Application deadline: 1 December.
  • University Studentship
    • Please go to this page to apply.
    • Application deadline: 1 December.
  • Self-Financed
    • Please go to this page to apply.
    • Application deadline (2024 entry):
      Commencement date of study Application deadline to the School of Creative Media
      1 September (Semester A) 1 December 2023
      1 January (Semester B) 30 June 2024


Step 5
Result announcement for studentship recipients: March to June of the following year



Enquiry – SCM General Office:

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Level 7, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

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Prof Richard William ALLEN - Research Degree Coordinator:

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Level 7, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong