MA China 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 and Saturdays

Normal Study Period

Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (2 years)

Maximum Study Period

Full-time (2.5 years) or Part-time (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 Director
BS PKU, MA Syracuse, PhD Syracuse
Admissions Officer
Dr Ning LIU
B.S. (Hunan University), M.A. (Renmin University of China), Ph.D. (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8932
Programme Aims and 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.
Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MA China Studies programme, an applicant must:

(a) Hold a recognized bachelor’s degree in a related social sciences or humanities discipline (preferably politics, sociology, economics, geography, public administration, China studies or development studies) from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions recognized for this purpose by the University; or

(b) Hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.

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

  1. A score of 580 (paper-based test) or 66 (revised paper-delivered test) or 92 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  2. An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS); or
  3. A score of 490 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland; or
  4. Other equivalent qualifications


Course Description

To complete the programme, students must acquire 27 credits. The overall programme structure is as follows:

Programme core course (18 credits)
Elective (9 credits)

Programme Core Course (18 credits)(Compulsory)

Chinese Foreign Policy (3 credits)
Doing Research in China (2 credits)
Key Issues in Chinese Politics (3 credits)
MACS Capstone Project (4 credits)
State and Market in China (3 credits)
Theories of Government and Public Administration (3 credits)

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

China and the Developing World (3 credits)
Comparative Public Administration in Greater China (3 credits)
Environmental Governance in China (3 credits)
Ethics and Political Philosophy of China (3 credits)
Social Change and Urbanisation in Contemporary China (3 credits)

^ Not all the 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.

† 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.