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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 2017.

MA China Studies


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P72
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekdays and Saturdays
Indicative Intake Target 45
Minimum No. of Credits Required 27
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (2 years)
Maximum Study Period Full-time (2.5 years) or Part-time (5 years)
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Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
31 Mar 2018 (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 Director
Prof Ray YEP
BSocSc HKU, MPhil HKU, PhD Oxford
Admissions Officer
Dr Ning LIU
B.S. (Hunan University), M.A. (Renmin University of China), Ph.D. (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8932
† 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 aims to introduce students to an advanced level of understanding and knowledge of the development of China and theoretical perspectives in evaluating the dynamics of the modernization process in the Mainland.

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  1. Conduct independent research in issues related to development of China in an interdisciplinary and analytical manner;
  2. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the various dimensions of marketization and modernization processes;
  3. Identify and explain the core features and challenges to governance, socioeconomic development and sustainability of China’s modernization; and
  4. Develop social empathy, moral sensibility, critical capacity, multiple perspectives, sustained interest and analytical skills in understanding the changes in contemporary China and development process in other settings.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MA China Studies programme, an applicant must:

(a) Hold a recognized bachelor’s degree in a related social sciences or humanities discipline (preferably politics, sociology, economics, geography, public administration, China studies or development studies) from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by the University; or

(b) Hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.

Applicants whose entrance qualifications were obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  1. A TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based test) or 92 (internet-based test) or
  2. An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS); or
  3. A score of 490 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland#; or
  4. Other equivalent qualifications

# Applicants holding the old CET-6 result must attain a pass to fulfill the entrance requirement.


Course Description

To complete the programme, students must acquire 27 credits. The overall programme structure is as follows:

Programme core course (15 credits)

Elective (6 credits)

Optional: Dissertation / Residential (6 credits)

Programme Core Course (15 credits)(Compulsory)

Chinese Foreign Policy (3 credits)

Doing Research in China (3 credits)

Key Issues in Chinse Politics (3 credits)

State and Market in China (3 credits)

Theories of Government and Public Administration (3 credits)


Electives (6 credits) (Any two courses from the list^)

China and Global Capitalism (3 credits)

China and the Developing World (3 credits)

China Economy (3 credits)

Comparative Public Administration in Greater China (3 credits)

Environmental Governance in China (3 credits)

Ethics and Political Philosophy of China (3 credits)

Ethics and Public Policy: East and West (3 credits)

Fundamentals of China’s Business Law (3 credits)

Introduction to Constitutional and Administrative Law in China (3 credits)

Law and Society in China (3 credits)

Political Contention in Contemporary China (3 credits)

Social Change and Urbanization in Contemporary China (3 credits)


Optional Courses (6 credits)

EITHER Applied Research Methods Workshops for Residential (1 credit) PLUS MACS Residential: 7-day (5 credits)

OR MACS Dissertation: 8,000-10,000 word dissertation# (6 credits)

Students must meet certain requirements for taking the dissertation.
^ Not all the listed electives will be offered every year. The Department reserves the right to determine the offering list of electives.


Bonus Features

The programme is designed for mid-career professionals from the fields of education, media, government institutions and agencies and NGOs, and local and overseas students who plan to undertake a doctorate.