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What will I learn?

Our Master of Social Sciences programme in Media, Culture & Creative Cities [MSocSc(MCCC)] provides an innovative sociologically-grounded approach to understanding the central role of media, culture and creativity in a world city context. Our programme provides academic and professional training for students and practitioners in the fields of media, culture and creative industries, and a foundation for advanced research degree studies in these areas.

Our programme is particularly ideal if you:

● intend to start, or already have, a career in media and culture related fields
● work in business, government and other non-cultural fields but want to increase your conceptual understanding of, and skills in, media and cultural studies
● are a graduate from related disciplines of sociology, anthropology, journalism, urban studies, or media and cultural studies wishing to pursue further research

In this programme, we aim to provide you with:

● theoretical knowledge for understanding how media, culture, and creative cities function in today's global society
● skills to allow you to conduct original and rigorous research on media, culture, and creative cities
● exposure, connections, and career prospects in related fields
● the ability to analyse, and contribute to, related policy discussions in order to have an impact upon government, industry, and civil society

The centrepiece of our programme is our Capstone project, where you will conduct a unique research project in close collaboration with a leading company or organisation in the field of media, culture, and creative cities. This allows you to apply your learning through the programme to a real-life situation, in addition to gaining valuable practical experience and connections.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$143,000.00 (14,52,662) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected March 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

1. Candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree, or another qualification of equivalent standard; and preferably have relevant working experiences in the media and cultural sector.

2. Candidates must pass a written test and a face-to-face interview, and if necessary a language test will be scheduled to assess their English proficiency.

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

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

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  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
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