The Department of Public and International Affairs  The Department of Public and International Affairs

Master of Social Sciences in Development Studies


The Master of Social Sciences in Development Studies (MSSDS) is housed in the Department of Public and International Affairs.
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.

What will you gain from MSSDS

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

Special benefits of undertaking the programme

Featuring an innovative curriculum designed by leading scholars and practitioners, MSSDS 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
MSSDS provides students with an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to working in non-governmental organisations, government, international organisations, business and journalism.

Career Prospects

  • Government / Public Affairs
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • International Organisations
  • Business
  • Education
  • Journalism / Mass Media
  • Public Relations

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Programme Leader: Dr Kris HARTLEY

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