New Era University College - Programmes

Course Details

Award: PhD in Chinese Studies (Research)
Duration 3-4 years
Intakes September
Tuition Fee and Miscellaneous Fees RM 12,000 (Malaysian Students)
RM 39,450 (International Students)
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The PhD in Chinese Studies provides for the completion of a research thesis in a wide range of related topics in traditional Sinology and Han culture, as well as in Southeast Asian Chinese Studies, Malaysian Chinese Literature and Culture Studies. It aims to cultivate the ability of postgraduate students to analyse and solve specific problems through the mastering of the relevant research methods in the humanities and social sciences and will result in the cultivation of a specialist with solid, systematic, cutting-edge professional knowledge as well as a broad cultural vision and humanistic solicitude for society. Graduates can be engaged in creative academic research and professional teaching, and be qualified to work in institutions of higher learning, research institutions, the publishing field, and cultural organisations.

Basic Structure

The duration of full-time study is 3 to 4 years. Students are required to attend all prescribed courses, including the Methodology in Chinese Studies and Directed Readings in Chinese Studies, and pass the Thesis Proposal Defence. PhD candidates are required to have one academic publication before the degree can be awarded.

The award of a PhD requires the submission of a thesis for examination at a viva voce (oral examination) by three examiners, at least two of whom are external to NEUC. The PhD thesis must be an original and substantial piece of work which makes a contribution to the relevant literature.

Who Should Join the Programme

This programme is intended for students who are interested in deepening their understanding of and research in Chinese classical studies, contemporary Chinese literature, Malaysian Chinese literature, Chinese language and dialects, contemporary China studies, and the social and cultural studies of Chinese communities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme may choose to become:

  1. Professionals who are competent researchers or practitioners in Chinese Studies.
  2. Academic staff in universities, research institutes, publishing companies, cultural and literary organisations.
  3. Teachers and administrators in primary and secondary schools.
  4. Managerial staff in business and other organisations.


Name Field of Expertise
Dr MOK Soon Chong 莫顺宗 博士 East Asian Studies, Classic Chinese Literature
Dr VOON Phin Keong 文平强 博士 Human Geography (Settlement, Population, Culture), Chinese Diaspora, East and Southeast Asian Studies
Dr LEE Kam Hing 李锦兴 博士 Economic History, Political History, Overseas Chinese Business
Dr WONG Ing Boh 黄永宝 博士 ASEAN Studies, Migration Studies, Development Sociology
Dr NG Yean Leng 伍燕翎 博士 Classical Chinese Novels, Modern Chinese Literature, Malaysian Chinese Literature, World Chinese Literature
Dr LEW Bon Hoi 廖文辉 博士 Southeast Asian Studies, Overseas Chinese Studies
Dr TEY Shi Bin 郑诗傧 博士 Classical Chinese Philology, Malaysian Chinese Society
Dr KOAY Su In 郭思韵 博士 Classical Chinese Literature, Malaysian Chinese Society,
Literature, Thought and Culture of Han Dynasty
Dr PEK Wee Chuen 白伟权 博士 Malaysia Regional Studies, Diasporic Chinese Studies, Geographic Information System, Historical Geography


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