Master of Arts in China Studies
Master of Arts in China Studies
Award Title
Master of Arts in China Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Mode of Study
Combined mode

Normal Period of Study

- 1 year (full-time)
- 2 years (part-time/combined mode)

Maximum Period of Study

- 2.5 years (full-time)
- 5 years (part-time/combined mode)

Credit Units Required for Graduation


Programme Aims

The programme aims to
  1. develop their intellectual capacity in researching systematically and analysing critically theories and concepts about policy processes and governance;
  2. to furnish students with an advanced level of understanding and theoretical perspectives in evaluating the dynamics of the modernization process;
  3. equip graduates with thorough understanding of the development and implication of social, political, economic and legal institutions within the context of economic transition in China.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:
  1. Develop a strong command of knowledge of major social science concepts and theories on governance, economic development and institutional development;
  2. Conduct independent research in issues related to development of China in an interdisciplinary and analytical manner;
  3. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the various dimensions of marketization and modernization processes;
  4. Identify and explain the core features and challenges to governance, socioeconomic development and sustainability of China’s modernization;
  5. 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.

Programme Requirements

1. Programme Core Courses: (15 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL5101Theories of Government and Public Administration3
POL5706Doing Research in China3
POL5707Chinese Foreign Policy3
POL5708Key Issues in Chinese Politics3
POL5710State and Market in China3
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL5715Independent Project for China Studies3To be offered for students at exceptional circumstances for meeting the graduation requirement

2. Programme Electives: (12 credits)
Any TWO 3-credit courses from the list:
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
AIS5048China and the Developing World3
EF5401China Economy3
LW5964Fundamentals of China’s Business Law3
LW5965Introduction to Constitutional and Administrative Law in China3
LW5966Law and Society in China3
POL5705Social Change and Urbanisation in Contemporary China3
POL5709Ethics and Political Philosophy of China3
POL5711Environmental Governance in China3
POL5712Ethics and Public Policy: East and West3
POL5713Political Contention in Contemporary China3
POL5716Comparative Public Administration in Greater China3
POL6700China and Global Capitalism3
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL5714Applied Research Methods Workshops for Residential1This is the pre-requisite of POL6701 MACS Residential
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL6701MACS Residential5
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL6702MACS Dissertation6Students must meet ALL of the following requirements:
(a) to achieve a CGPA of 3.3 for the first 12 credits completed
(b) get a B+ or above in the methodology course, Doing Research in China
(c) have submitted a well-prepared formal dissertation proposal of at least 1,500 words.

For details, please refer to the SYL of POL6702