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Programme Title

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Research Area: Psychology


Programme Objectives

Macao is experiencing a period of very rapid social and economic development. Psychological professionals with advanced academic and research training who are familiar with local conditions are needed to help our citizens. Such training is currently not available in society. The discipline of psychology is one of the most popular and one of the most needed areas of study around the world. The goal is to meet this need through the offering of advanced psychological training to develop the talents of individuals both locally and from the Chinese mainland.


Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent; and
  • Applicants should have earned at least 3.0 on a 4-point GPA scale or equivalent in graduate


Period of Study

The minimum period of study is 3 academic years.


Graduation Requirements

Students must submit an original thesis and pass the oral defence of their theses to graduate.


Medium of Instruction



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PhD Supervisors

Professor Research areas Office tel & Email


Prof. Allan B. I. Bernardo

  • Lay theories, social beliefs/axioms, and values in intergroup cognitions
  • Social psychology of hierarchical intergroup relations
  • Values and prosocial behaviors in hierarchical intergroup contexts
  • Hope and goal attitudes in collectivist cultures
  • Polyculturalism, national identities in postcolonial societies
  • Sociocultural meaning systems, motivations, academic emotions, and learning in schools
  • Language and cognition in bilinguals/multilinguals
  • Research on the above themes in applied social domains (e.g., education, politics/policy, business/work, media/social media, migration)



















Prof. Cheung Shu Fai

  • Meta-analysis
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Psychological testing
  • Item response theory
  • Personality assessment
  • Cross-cultural differences in the structure and correlates of personality traits
  • Implications of individual differences in work settings
  • Personality and life satisfaction













Prof. Wu Man Sze, Anise

  • Chinese gambling
  • Technological addiction
  • Posthumous organ donation
  • Death Anxiety
  • Aging and adjustment








Prof. Gertina Van Schalkwyk

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Systems
  • School Psychology
  • Social Constructionism
  • Qualitative Research
  • School-based Family Counselling









Prof. Tong Kwok Kit
  • Procedural Justice
  • Interpersonal Relation and Treatment
  • Social Belief






Dr. Brian Hall
  • Migration
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Public Health
  • Community based "action" research
  • Health Systems Research
  • Global Health/Global Mental Health
  • Intervention research
  • Traumatic stress and adversity
  • Resilience and growth










Dr. Chi Peilian
  • Close relationship
  • Health psychology
  • HIV prevention and intervention
  • AIDS care
  • Resilience
  • Forgiveness
  • Migration



Study Plan

PhD Programme in Psychology

(Applicable to students admitted from 2016/2017 academic year)


For students admitted with a relevant Master’s degree
Type Credits
PSYG899 Doctoral Thesis
Compulsory 18
Type Credits
FSSG809 Research Ethics
Compulsory 0
FSSG807 Academic Writing and Scholarship
Compulsory 3
Choose ONE of the following
FSSG802 Quantitative Research Methods
Required Elective 3
FSSG803 Qualitative Research Methods
Required Elective 3
FSSG808 Social Theory
Required Elective 3
FSSG806 University Teaching and Practice
Required Elective 3
Choose TWO of the following:
PSYG805 Advanced Topics in Psychological Research Methods
Required Elective 3
PSYG810 Seminar in Psychological Sciences
Required Elective 3
PSYG811 Seminar in Personality and Social Psychology
Required Elective 3
PSYG812 Seminar in Applied Psychology
Required Elective 3
PSYG813 Seminar in Selected Topics in Psychology
Required Elective 3
Grand Total
For students admitted without a relevant Master’s degree
In addition to the above, students are required to take the following courses:
Choose TWO courses from the Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology programme**
Required Elective 3
Required Elective 3
Grand Total


*Supervisors may advise their students regarding the most appropriate choice from the list provided.
**DPSY is proposing a major revision to its Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology programme and the course list for students admitted without a relevant master’s degree will be updated as soon as the revisions for the Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology are approved.