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What will I learn?

Cultural Studies is an emerging and increasingly influential field of study. Through Cultural Studies, students are trained to understand the political dimensions of culture, examining in what ways culture is a site of contestation conveying different ideologies to the people. Our programme introduces new perspectives for students to understand contemporary local and global culture, inviting them to critically engage in the study of culture in order to arrive at more advanced and sophisticated understanding of power.

Career Prospects of Students

Although the program is not designed as one for professional training, graduates from this program will be highly competitive in different cultural and media sectors. Graduates will meet the growing need of our society to become social and cultural leaders with adequate cultural sensibility, ethical concern, critical ability, and social commitment. We are convinced that a large number of professions, including media, tourism, teaching, public relation, cultural policy, and advertising, will welcome the intellectual training we provide in this program, especially in its approach to life-long learning emphasizing broad-base critical analysis and adaptability in a rapidly changing world.

MPhil Stream

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses and 24 units of thesis research courses.

PhD Stream

Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 units for graduation, including a minimum of 12 units of lecture courses and 48 units of thesis research courses.
Students are required to take the thesis research course every term till they graduate.

Fields of Specialization

  • Arts and Politics
  • Chinese Societies
  • Creative Industries
  • Cultural Interpretation of Space
  • Cultural Management
  • Cultural Modernity
  • Cultural Politics
  • Digital Culture
  • Ethnographic Study
  • Film Studies
  • Feminisms
  • Genders and Sexualities
  • New Media
  • Performance Studies
  • Visual Culture Studies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,27,672) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have a good honours degree in a related field.

MPhil applicants should submit a research proposal as well as a sample of writings (preferably a research paper; undergraduate term paper will also be accepted).

PhD applicants should submit a research proposal as well as a sample of writings (e.g. a copy of Master's thesis or a representative research paper).

In addition, shortlisted applicants are required to attend an interview.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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


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