MA International Studies

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Weekdays (daytime and evenings)

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1-year; Part-time 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years; 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
BA (Asian Studies) Griffith, MA (Political Science) 成蹊大学 (Tokyo), PhD Monash
+852 3442 7374 (Phone)
+852 3442 0180 (Fax)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 6355
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Programme Aims and Objectives

It is essential to equip students with the necessary skill sets to not only understand the dynamics of the rise of Asia but also implications on their daily lives, the functionality of their societies and economies, and the performance of their states and governments. Without such an understanding, students will be passive receptors of change and remain ill-equipped to maximise their potential in an ever-globalising workplace.

This programme aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of regional and international affairs. This knowledge will not only help graduates to upgrade their professional abilities, but will also ensure that they are equipped with the necessary tools to understand the global and regional forces that shape our world. The programme will provide advanced training for students seeking to strengthen their analytical skills, develop the capacity to conduct original research, and bolster their communication and presentation abilities.

This programme is designed for:

Graduates from disciplines of relevance to Asian and International Studies, including: 

Asian Studies/International Studies/Communications/Law/Economics/Public and Social Administration/Geography/Political Science/History/Sociology

As well as professionals working in Asian or International Studies-related fields, including from:  

Corporations/International Organizations/the Diplomatic core/Mass Media/Government agencies/Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and

  • have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized tertiary institution or an equivalent qualification.
  • One or more years of working experience in a related field would be an advantage.

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
  • 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 with immediate effect for 2022/23 cohort:

  • 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 for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Course Description

There are five core courses:

  • Asian Regional Governance
  • International Political Economy
  • Theory in International Studies
  • International Relations of Northeast Asia
  • Master's Thesis/ Capstone Project

Plus up to three electives from the following:

  • Special Topics in Development Studies
  • Research Design for the Social Sciences
  • Security Studies
  • Authoritarian Resilience and Democratic Change in East Asia
  • East Asia and the US: Conflict and Interdependence
  • Environmental Challenges in Asia and the World
  • Human Rights in Asia
  • BRIC Countries and the Emerging Global Order
  • Special Topics in Asian and International Studies
  • Religion and Development
  • International Organisations
  • Women and Politics in Asia
  • History of Sino-Japanese Relations
  • Power and Culture in Buddhist Southeast Asia
  • Development Policy and Advocacy
  • Gender and Development
  • Welfare Regimes and Social Protection in Asia
  • Disaster Management, Development and Regional Governance in Asia
  • Indonesia: Politics and Society
  • Labour and Development
  • Infrastructure Development in China
  • AIS Postgraduate Internship
Bonus Features

Students will acquire the ability:

  1. independently identify the forces shaping the interplay of Asian and international policies and programmes;
  2. generate innovative hypotheses to explain similarities, differences, patterns, and relationships across a range of critical issues;
  3. conduct theory-based analyses of regional and international issues across the fields of political economy, political science, security studies and international relations;
  4. perform methodologically sound empirical research aiming to produce novel findings and develop new insights into contemporary issues and problems relevant to Asian and international studies;
  5. investigate governance challenges facing international organizations, governments, markets and civil societies, applying critical thinking skills to formulate creative solutions.

The Programme, commencing in 2010, is the first and the ONLY one of its kind in Hong Kong that develops expertise on issues of Asian and International Studies. This is an essential skill for anyone who wants to understand the future and forge an international, successful career.

The Department of Asian and International Studies is the only academic department dedicated to the study of this subject in Hong Kong.

You will be taught by a group of Asian and International scholars who have research and teaching expertise as well as in-country professional experience, providing you with unparalleled access to the latest knowledge and research.

Department of Asian and International Studies and Department of Public Policy will be merged to form a new department entitled “Department of Public and International Affairs” with effect from 1 August 2022.
† 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.