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What will I learn?

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. Conduct independent research in issues related to development of China in an interdisciplinary and analytical manner;
  2. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the various dimensions of marketization and modernization processes;
  3. Identify and explain the core features and challenges to governance, socioeconomic development and sustainability of China’s modernization; and
  4. 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.

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 and/or pursue a career in a China-related field.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 1 year, Maximum Study Period: 2.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$127,170.00 (12,86,495) per year
HK $4,710 per credit
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

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:

  • A TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based test) or 92 (internet-based test) or
  • An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS); or
  • A score of 490 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland#; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications

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

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