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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes are accepted starting from 15 November 2016.

MSocSc Development Studies

社會科學碩士(發展研究)


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P37
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings and Saturday mornings to afternoons. Some meetings may be structured as intensive 1-day workshops.
Indicative Intake Target 40
Minimum No. of Credits Required 24
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
28 Feb 2017 (Local & Non-local)
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader & Admission Tutor
Dr Toby CARROLL
BA, Honours (First Class), Murdoch; PhD, Murdoch
+852 3442 6977 (Phone)
+852 3442 0180 (Fax)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 6355 (Phone)
+852 3442 0180 (Fax)
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.



Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme is designed for:

Graduates from disciplines of relevance to Development Studies, including:

  • Asian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communications
  • East and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public and Social Administration
  • Sociology, including Applied Sociology

Mid-career professionals working in development-related fields, including: 

  • Business firms/Corporations
  • Educational institutions
  • Foundations
  • Governmental organizations
  • International organizations
  • Mass media
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research organizations

The programme caters to local students, as well as overseas students from both developed and developing countries, both within the region and elsewhere.


Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline of the social sciences or in a humanities discipline relevant to development studies from a recognized tertiary institution or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other fields who possess advanced experience in relevant professions will also be considered.  A first degree in a social science or humanities subject would be an advantage.

One or more years of working experience in a development-related field would be an advantage. 

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications

Course Description

There are six core courses:

  • Theories and Approaches in Development Studies
  • Project Planning and Management for Development
  • China and the Development World
  • Politics & Social Movements in Developing Asia
  • Comparative Development in Asia
  • Cutting-edge Cases in Development under Late Capitalism


Plus up to two electives from the following:

  • Special Topics in Development Studies
  • Human Rights in Asia
  • BRIC Countries and the Emerging Global Order
  • Fieldwork Studies
  • Religion and Development
  • International Organisations
  • Women and Politics in Asia
  • Power and Culture in Buddhist Southeast Asia
  • Development Policy and Advocacy
  • Gender and Development
  • Welfare Regimes and Social Protection in Asia
  • Disaster Management, Development and Regional Governance in Asia
  • Indonesia: Politics and Society

Bonus Features

Students will acquire the ability:

  • To undertake the analysis of current development issues
  • To investigate practical problems using a comparative methodology
  • To plan, manage and monitor development projects
  • To communicate and collaborate with partners from other countries
  • To apply acquired knowledge and skills in a variety of work settings

Development Studies is a relatively new and an increasingly important field of study. But prior to this programme at City University of Hong Kong, it was not taught at all in Hong Kong.

Heads and officers of development agencies, including non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations, have publicly communicated their felt need for professional training in Development Studies.

The Programme Leader and other colleagues of the teaching team have ample research, teaching and working experience on a wide range of development issues in various parts of Asia.