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(Ph.D. in Work Psychology) A Qualitative Study Exploring Cultural Factors Affecting Work-life Balance and Workaholism

Project Description

1. The Ph.D. Thesis methodology will be: qualitative.
2. All Thesis work and research papers (for publication) during the Ph.D. program will need to be written in English. Course credits can be completed in Chinese and/or English.

Key Requirements:

1. For applicants who haven’t completed a degree in English: English language ability at IELTS band 6 or above (or equivalent), with not less than 2 in each component is required.
3. An interest in qualitative methods. Some experience is an advantage.
4. A Master’s degree (higher grades are an advantage). A qualification in psychology or organizational / occupational psychology is also an advantage.

The First Step in Making an Application:

*If you have any questions you can use the form at the bottom of this page to send a question.

To apply to be advised by Dr. David McConville please send the following (directly by e-mail):

1. Your CV: Please include your full name and nationality, English language test dates and results (if applicable - including scores for reading, writing, speaking and listening), academic and vocational qualifications (with school/university names, start/end dates, and grades), work experience (with start/end dates and a brief explanation of duties) and your achievements. Please also state your current country of residence on your CV.

2. Master’s degree transcript (including grades for all courses/units studied and overall grade/result).

3. Up to 1,000 words: Why would you like to do a Ph.D. exploring cultural factors affecting work-life balance and workaholism?

*Failure to provide all of the above may result in rejection.


After submitting all the documents you will be informed if you have been shortlisted. Shortlisted candidates will then be asked to provide more documents for assessment. If/when accepted by the Thesis Advisor (Dr. McConville) you will then be invited to complete the online University application process. Your application will then be considered by the Institute of Human Resource Management Ph.D. Admission Committee. If passed, you will then be offered a start date on the Ph.D. program.

Currently students start their Ph.D. study in February or September each year.

Funding Notes

Currently, support is available to help you study at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Taiwan.

International Applicants (funding from the Office of International Affairs at NSYSU):

1. Tuition waiver for up to 3 academic years. You do not pay tuition fees for up to 3 years (usually around 54,140 NT$ per semester).

2. Monthly stipend of 15,000 NT$ for the 1st semester. This can be renewed every semester, for 3 academic years (maximum) subject to academic progress..

Local students + those who do not qualify as international applicants: please contact the University to check funding/scholarship options.


National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) is one of Taiwan's leading universities. Uniquely positioned in the south of Taiwan, we have almost 10,000 current students. The College of Management at NSYSU is an AACSB accredited research-oriented institution, and was the first in Taiwan to receive such an accreditation.

The Institute of Human Resource Management was established in 1993, and is based in the College of Management at National Sun Yat-Sen University. In 1998 the Institute launched a Ph.D. Program. The doctoral program has now been operating successfully for over 20 years - and over 70 students have successfully graduated!

At the Institute of Human Resource Management we publish high quality research in international SSCI listed journals. Our faculty publish in high ranked international SSCI journals, including: Journal of Management; Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Personnel Psychology; Journal of Organizational Behavior...and many more.

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