MA Modern Asian 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
PhD, Sciences Po Paris (France)
+852 3442 6433 (Phone)
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General Enquiries
+852 3442 6355
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Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme is designed to equip students with essential skills in understanding modern Asia as a region, keeping in sight its sub-regional dynamics, and its relation to an increasingly interconnected world. This knowledge will not only help 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 region. It will provide advanced training for students seeking to upgrade their analytical capacity, research and data collection skills as well as their communication and presentation capacities.

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:

  • Score 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications
Course Description

There are four core courses:

  • Asian Regional Governance
  • The State and Economy in East Asia
  • Political and Social Change in Southeast Asia and the Region
  • Pop Culture in East Asia

Plus up to four electives from the following:

  • Special Topics in Development Studies
  • Research Design for the Social Sciences
  • 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
  • Social Change and Urbanisation in Contemporary China
  • Political Contention in Contemporary China
  • Thesis (6 credit units)
Bonus Features

Students will acquire the ability:

  1. independently identify the forces shaping the interplay of Asian regional, sub-regional, and global dynamics in social as well as governance contexts;
  2. identify theoretical debates in the analyses of regional issues across the fields of history, culture, religion, political economy, political science, and security studies;
  3. investigate governance challenges facing regional organizations, governments, markets and civil societies; and
  4. apply advanced research skills to contemporary regional and sub-regional problems.

The Programme, commencing in 2014, is the first and the ONLY one of its kind in Hong Kong that develops expertise on issues of Modern Asian 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.

† 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.