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What will I learn?

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.

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)

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$162,000.00 (16,38,847) per year
HK $6,750 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, 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:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications

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

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