Master of Arts in China Studies

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Brief Description

(Suspension of admission from the 2021 entry)

Candidates who are interested in China Studies are recommended to apply for the MA in Public Policy and Management - Governance in China Stream for the 2021 entry.

"The MA programme has become well-established and offers an excellent quality of teaching to the students. The teaching materials and handouts demonstrate conceptually-rigorous and empirically-rich content. There are many innovative class activities that encourage the students to think critically and apply concepts and their knowledge to analyzing contemporary problems and processes in China, including in Hong Kong." Dr. Rachel Murphy, External Academic Advisor

  • Exposes students to major theories and concepts of policy process and social analysis and the cutting edge knowledge in the field of China Studies
  • Develops analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Prepares graduates for careers in multiple areas where an understanding of China studies is beneficial
  • Equips students with necessary tools for conducing further research into numerous aspects of China Studies

Programme Aims & 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. 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; and
  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.

Strong Academic Team

  • World-class scholars of exemplary records in publication and extensive experience in fieldwork and research in China
  • Supported by renowned guest lecturers from worldwide top universities
  • A multinational teaching team of full-time faculty members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds

List of Core Teachers

  • Professor YEP, Ray
  • Dr WONG, Natalie
  • Dr TAYLOR, Bill
  • Dr LAM, Jermain
  • Professor GONG, Ting
  • Professor CHAN, Hon S

Programme Structure

Programme Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Chinese Foreign Policy
  • Doing Research in China (2 credits)
  • Key Issues in Chinese Politics
  • MACS Capstone Project (4 credits)
  • State and Market in China
  • Theories of Government and Public Administration

Electives (9 credits) (Examples of electives include^)

  • China and the Developing World
  • Comparative Employment Relations
  • Contemporary Issues of Housing Management in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • Social Change and Urbanisation in Contemporary China
  • The Asian Metropolis: Issues in Urban Management


All courses are 3 units unless stated otherwise in the parenthesis.
^ 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 and/or pursue a career in a China-related field.

Information for Current Students

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Further Information & Contacts

Programme Director: Prof YEP, Ray
Admissions Officer: Dr LIU, Ning


Tel: (852) 3442 7533
Fax: (852) 3442 0413