Taught Postgraduate

Master of Social Sciences in Development Studies
社會科學碩士(發展研究)

Commenced in the Fall 2006, this is a self-financed programme for practitioners, educators, staff in NGOs, media, and government, and persons working for large international organisations which operate in Asian societies, or which deal with Asian development issues. Enrolled in Hong Kong's only programme in Development Studies, students could develop expertise on human rights, social movements, global institutions, policy-making, gender, ethnicity, labour and environment, as well as to build capacity to advocate policy changes and to implement development projects.


Featuring an innovative curriculum designed by leading scholars and practitioners, City University of Hong Kong’s Master’s of Development Studies allows students to:

  • Critically engage major theories and debates in development studies
  • Explore the political economy of Asia in a comparative perspective
  • Gain practical training amenable to a variety of career paths
  • Gain hands-on training in policy advocacy and analysis
  • Examine social and political foundations of development in Asia

The Master’s of Development Studies provides students with an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to working in non-governmental organisations, government, international organisations, business and journalism. Find out more about the Master’s of Development Studies, its staff, course offerings, and application procedures at the link below: https://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/programme/P37.



Programme Leader: Dr Toby CARROLL


CityU ranked first within Hong Kong Universities for H-index Citations for Development Studies*
CityU ranked within top 100 universities for Development Studies*
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019


AIS5003 has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purpose.


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