P34
MA Chinese
文學碩士(中文)

Year of Entry

2023

Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2023

Mode of Study

Combined

Mode of Funding

Non-government-funded

Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese; Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese (There are no intermediate awards for Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream*.)

Indicative Intake Target

150

Minimum No. of Credits Required

MA (30 credits / 60 credits for Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream*); PGD (24 credits); PGC (12 credits)

Class Schedule

Weekday daytime/evenings and/or Saturday afternoons. Evening classes normally start at 7:00pm. Saturday afternoon classes, when available, normally start at 2:00pm.

Normal Study Period

Full-time (1 year / 2 years for Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream*^);
Part-time (2 years)

Maximum Study Period

Full-time (2.5 years / 3 years for Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream*^);
Part-time/Combined mode (5 years)

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 Leader
Dr MA Ka Fai
BSc in Psychology, National Taiwan University; M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago; Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
General Enquiries
+852 3442 2054
+852 3442 0508
Outline
Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of Chinese language and cultural studies and its use for academic and professional purposes.  There are three streams: (1) Chinese Language and Literature,  (2) Chinese History and Cultural Heritage, and (3) Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage*.  The Chinese Language and Literature Stream will familiarize students with the literary tradition of China and its applications in modern society.  The Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream will enable students to acquire the historical and cultural knowledge of China through a variety of tangible and intangible resources in China.  Students can also opt for the Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream*, in which they will also study history, museum and cultural heritage courses specially designed by Peking University and will have on-site visits to cultural relics conservation units and archaeological sites in Mainland China.

 

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must:

  • hold a degree from one of the tertiary educational institutions of Hong Kong funded by the University Grants Committee; or
  • hold a degree of a level equivalent to (a) above from a local or non-local institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • have satisfied the academic requirements for corporate membership of a professional institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification, or provided evidence of academic and professional attainments, acceptable for this purpose to the university.

In addition to the University General Entrance Requirements, applicants are expected to meet the following specific Chinese language requirement:

(a)   have satisfactorily completed at least one tertiary level Chinese course of 30-hour or more which includes substantial written Chinese elements ; or

(b)  have obtained a grade D or above in HKALE AS-level Chinese Language and Culture, or Level 4 or above in HKDSE Chinese Language, or equivalent.

Applicants who cannot produce documentary evidence of (a) or (b) will be required to take an admission test in Chinese language writing and reading and attain a standard comparable to that set for (b).  They must pass this admission test to satisfy the above specific requirement.

Priority will be given to those with one or more years relevant work experience.

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

  • a score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test)^ or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes until further notice:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
  • IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

^ Effective from 11 April 2021, the TOEFL revised paper-delivered test is no longer offered.

Course Description

1. Programme Core Course (3 credit units) 

  • Essential Concepts in Chinese Culture

2. Stream Courses (27 credit units)

i) Stream Core Courses (9 credit units)

Stream 1: Chinese Language and Literature (9 credit units) 

  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Capstone Project in Chinese Language and Literature

Stream 2: Chinese History and Cultural Heritage (9 credit units) / Stream 3: Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage* (9 credit units)

  • History and Historical Sources in a Changing World
  • Cultural Heritage Theories and Practices in China
  • Capstone Project in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage

ii) Stream Electives (18 credit units)

Students are required to take at least 3 courses (3 credit units each) or 1 course (3 credit units) plus CAH6507 Master’s Dissertation (6 credit units) from the electives of their own stream; the remaining 9 credit units can be taken from the electives of their own stream or another stream.

Stream 1: Chinese Language and Literature

  • Selected Readings in Chinese Language and Literature
  • Chinese Documentology
  • Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Classical Chinese Philology
  • Great Works of Chinese Literature, History and Philosophy
  • Chinese Creative Writing
  • Special Topics in Hong Kong Literature and Culture
  • Gender Perspective on Chinese Literature
  • Special Topics in Chinese Literature and Religion
  • Chinese Literature and Fine Arts
  • Narrative Fiction and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Historical Narrative in Chinese Literature and History Writing
  • Women in Chinese-language Film and Fiction
  • Master’s Dissertation

Stream 2: Chinese History and Cultural Heritage / Stream 3: Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage*

  • Selected Readings in Sinology**
  • Chinese Written Characters, Literary Chinese, and East Asian History
  • Writing for Museum Professional
  • Chinese Art Criticism and Education
  • Cantonese Opera: Texts and Performance
  • Museum Studies in China
  • Archaeology and Civilization of Early China
  • Chinese Architecture, Gardens and World Heritage
  • Hong Kong’s Urban Landscape and Heritage Preservation
  • Modern China and Hong Kong
  • History of Chinese Buddhist Thought
  • Cultural History of Medicine in China
  • Chinese Cultural History
  • From Lingnan to the Greater Bay Area
  • The Silk Road and the History of China’s Foreign Relations
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in Greater China
  • Master’s Dissertation

Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream*: Jointly run by the Department of Chinese and History of City University of Hong Kong and the Department of History of Peking University (PKU), the Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream* offers a two-year full-time programme. Students in their first year will follow the normative one-year curriculum of Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream (30 credit units in total). While in the second year, students will follow the curriculum specially designed by PKU and take courses on-site at PKU which will be taught by PKU faculty (30 credit units in total).  To strengthen students’ knowledge of cultural relics conservation, museum display, cultural and creative design, etc., PKU will collaborate with organizations like The Palace Museum, Dunhuang Academy, China Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Association, China Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum, The First Historical Archives of China, National Library of China in course offering.  Besides, students will be arranged to visit cultural relics conservation units and archaeological sites inside and outside Beijing. Students who have completed all the credit unit requirements at both CityU and PKU will be conferred a degree of MA in Chinese with Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage by CityU. The programme structure and course introduction of the PKU curriculum are to be announced on the programme website.

 

**The medium of instruction of the course Selected Readings in Sinology is English/Chinese.

The medium of instruction of this programme is mainly Putonghua.

 

Programme Accreditation

MA in Chinese (Chinese Language and Literature Stream) has been approved by the Education Bureau (EDB) as a recognised Chinese language major degree and students who meet the government’s requirements can apply to the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) for the Professional Development Incentive Grant Scheme for Language Teachers.
 

Remarks:
* The Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream is subject to the University's approval.
^ The Professional Development in Chinese History and Cultural Heritage Stream is offered in full-time mode only. Students admitted to this stream cannot transfer to the other two streams throughout their studies.
† 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.