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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MA International Studies

文學碩士(國際研究)


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P38
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 45
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
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
Dr Justin ROBERTSON
BA Waterloo, MA Dalhousie, PhD Warwick
+852 3442 6301 (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

In 2005 the US National Intelligence Council released a landmark report entitled Mapping the Global Future, in which it stated that ‘In the same way that commentators refer to the 1900s as the “American Century,” the 21st century may be seen as the time when Asia …comes into its own.’ It is essential, therefore, to equip students with the necessary skill sets to not only understand the dynamics of this rise but also the implications of it on their daily lives, the functionality of their societies and economies, the performance of their states and governments. Without such an understanding students will be passive receptors of change and remain ill-equipped to maximise their potential in an ever-globalising workplace.
 
This programme is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of regional and international affairs. This knowledge will not only help to upgrade their professional abilities but will also ensure that they are equipped with the necessary tools to understand the global and regional forces that shape our world. It will provide advanced training for students seeking to upgrade their analytical capacity, research and data collection skills as well as their communication and presentation capacities. 
 
This programme is designed for:
 
Graduates from disciplines of relevance to Asian and International Studies, including: 
Asian Studies/International Studies/Communications/Law/Economics/Public and Social Administration/Geography/Political Science/History/Sociology
 
As well as professionals working in Asian or International Studies-related fields, including from:  
Corporations/International Organizations/the Diplomatic core/Mass Media/Government agencies/Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and
  • have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized tertiary institution or an equivalent qualification.
  • One or more years of working experience in a 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 four core courses:

  • International Political Economy
  • Theory in International Studies
  • Security Studies
  • International Relations of Northeast Asia

Plus up to four electives from the following:

  • Project Planning and Management for Development
  • Research Design for the Social Sciences
  • Authoritarian Resilience and Democratic Change in East Asia
  • Good Governance and Politics in the Developing World
  • East Asia and the US: Conflict and Interdependence
  • Environmental Challenges in Asia and the World
  • Human Rights in Asia
  • BRIC Countries and the Emerging Global Order
  • Special Topics in Asian and International Studies
  • Fieldwork Studies
  • Religion and Development
  • China and the Developing World
  • International Organisations
  • Women and Politics in Asia
  • Pop Culture in East Asia
  • History of Sino-Japanese Relations
  • Power and Culture in Buddhist Southeast Asia
  • Disaster Management, Development and Regional Governance in Asia
  • Indonesia: Politics and Society
  • Thesis (6 credit units)

Bonus Features

Students will acquire the ability:
  1. independently identify the forces shaping the interplay of Asian and international policies and programmes;
  2. generate innovative hypotheses to explain similarities, differences, patterns, and relationships across a range of critical issues;
  3. conduct theory-based analyses of regional and international issues across the fields of political economy, political science, security studies and international relations;
  4. perform methodologically sound empirical research aiming to produce novel findings and develop new insights into contemporary issues and problems relevant to Asian and international studies;
  5. investigate governance challenges facing international organizations, governments, markets and civil societies, applying critical thinking skills to formulate creative solutions.

The Programme, commencing in 2010, is the first and the ONLY one of its kind in Hong Kong that develops expertise on issues of Asian and International Studies. This is an essential skill for anyone who wants to understand the future and forge an international, successful career.

The Department of Asian and International Studies is the only academic department dedicated to the study of this subject in Hong Kong.

You will be taught by a group of Asian and International scholars who have research and teaching expertise as well as in-country professional experience, providing you with unparalleled access to the latest knowledge and research.