Master of Arts in International Affairs



What will I learn?

Aims and objectives

The MAIA programme aims to:

  • design around a series of courses that cover both fundamental theoretical underpinnings as well as detailed analysis of important international and Asia Pacific issues;
  • provide students with a deeper understanding of international and regional affairs, helping students in upgrading their professional abilities and equipping necessary conceptual tools to comprehend the rapidly-changing global and regional forces that shape our world;
  • provide advance training for students to strengthen their analytical abilities, help them develop the capacity to conduct original research, and bolster their presentation, debating and writing skills;
  • broaden students’ horizons and enhance their learning experiences from the programme;

On completing the MAIA programme, students will be able to:

  • understand and apply theories, methods, concepts and background knowledge in political science, particularly in international relations and comparative politics to the study of current issues and affairs;
  • describe and explain the motives and actions of key state and non-state actors in shaping contemporary world politics and domestic and foreign policies of countries;
  • critically synthesize and evaluate media or official reports, governmental and non-governmental policy statements, and academic literature on international politics and policymaking in contemplating solutions to problems;
  • comprehend and exercise our rights and duties as responsible national and global citizens in enhancing peace, stability, prosperity and welfare.

Career Prospects

Possession of a MAIA degree would help one to develop a career in being civil servant, journalist, corporation executive, diplomat, political and economic analyst, teacher and NGO worker, just to name a few among different careers that require a deeper understanding of international and regional affairs.

Others might want to further their studies with a PhD degree after the MAIA.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$110,000.00 (11,67,059) per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January 2024


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution; and An applicant whose degree is from a non-English-medium tertiary institution should obtain: IELTS: minimum acceptable score of 6.5 or TOEFL: minimum acceptable score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) or an equivalent score in a recognised test

For international students

To be eligible for entry into this programme, candidates should:

a) hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or

b) have obtained an equivalent qualification; or

c) have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment.

For an applicant who applies for the Lingnan MAIA degree, he/she whose degree, or exceptionally, an alternative qualification deemed equivalent, is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country, should obtain proof of English proficiency through one of the following:

a) a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or

b) a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or

c) a minimum score of 450 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) Band 6; or

d) an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Interviews may be conducted when needed.

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


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