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What will I learn?

The dramatic social and economic transformation of China, one of the most populous and rapidly developing nations in the world, is a major historical event of the twentieth century. In connection to this unparalleled transformation, demand for knowledge of what is taking place in China and its global implications is greater than ever before.

The Master of Arts in China Development Studies [MAChDS] programme emphasises a comprehensive understanding of China through its global-local interactions and regional variations in politics, economy, trade, investment, environment, policy making, tourism and urban development. The prime objective is to educate students to become capable personnel for firms or institutions in both private and public sectors that have strong interest in China-related business and development.

The programme provides an opportunity to local and international students for systematic training and independent research on development issues in contemporary China. The curriculum includes Chinese economies; international trade and foreign direct investment; China's cultural and urban development; climate change and environmental resources in China; public policies and regional development; China's environment and sustainable development; globalisation and spatial economic transformation; cultural tourism; sustainable urban and transport planning; land governance and development and China field trip. Moreover, the curriculum has a capstone experience component that provides the students a platform to acquire research skills through completion of a dissertation or directed project under the supervision of a designated teacher. The Contemporary China Seminar Series is also an integral part of the programme.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,72,978) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

Applicants will normally be required to hold a Bachelor's degree with honours of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another university or comparable institution accepted for this purpose. Non-local students may only apply for the full-time mode.

English Language Requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements for admission to the curriculum concerned, an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain one of the following examination result.

A. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
1. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or
2. a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or
3. a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or

B. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or

C. GCE (General Certificate of Education)
Grade C or above; or

D. IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Grade C or above; or

E. Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language
Grade C or above

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Hong Kong

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