The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Science Program in Global China Studies (Full time)

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Course Information

Registration period
4 Mar 2022 (Fri) - 4 Mar 2023 (Sat)
HKD 140,000
(Students who take additional course(s) are required to pay HK$5,833 for each additional credit. For students opting for the Academic Research Concentration, the program fee will be HK$210,000 for two years.)
Study Mode
1 Year(s)

Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Students opting for the Academic Research Concentration will normally complete the program in two years in full-time mode.

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Global China Studies is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on four broad subject areas, Economic and Social History, Comparative Humanities, Contemporary China, and Quantitative Social Analysis, providing students global and local perspectives on China’s past and present.  It equips students with capacity building, especially in verbal and writing communication skills for further study as well as to make a successful transition for future employment.  In addition, the program is designed to enable advanced undergraduates from elite universities to take on the challenge of postgraduate study in Global China Studies and receive both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Global China Studies normally within four to five years.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement

24 credits

Core Courses

9 credits

MGCS 5001Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic Approach3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5010Introduction to Social Statistics3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5024China in Comparative Perspective3 Credit(s)

Academic Writing Course

0-3 credits

Students admitted with any IELTS sub-score of 5.5 are required to take the following academic writing course:

LANG 5070Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes3 Credit(s)

Elective Courses
12-15 credits

The chosen elective courses should cover at least two of the following subject areas, and include at least two China-related courses:

History and Social Science

MGCS 5020Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5021Reform and Social Conflicts in Contemporary China3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5022Political Economy of China3 Credit(s)

Quantitative Social Analysis

MGCS 5012Quantitative Analysis of Social Data3 Credit(s)

Humanities and Creativity Arts

MGCS 5032Ethnicity in Chinese Context3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5033Accommodating the Provocative Others: Translation and Cultural Encounters between China and the West3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5034Chinese Creative Writing: Reading Literary Classics, Writing Essays and Novels3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5035China Studies and Creativity: Entering the Minds of Composers3 Credit(s)
MGCS 5036Western Opera and Asia3 Credit(s)

Subject to the approval of the Academic Director, students may take MGCS 6000 under the above subject areas to fulfill the elective requirement.


MGCS 6000Special Topics3 Credit(s)

Students may substitute no more than nine elective credits (three courses) from other courses (and a maximum of one undergraduate course at 4000-level) offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science to fulfill the program requirements with prior approval of the Academic Director.  The approved substituting courses should be either China-related or global-related.

Optional Project
Selected students can take an extra project course:

MGCS 6981Research Experience in Global China Studies1 Credit(s)

Credits earned from MGCS 6981 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

On  successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze significant social and cultural phenomena related to China and regarding China’s relations with the world;
  2. Interpret events and developments in China's past and present from both global and local perspectives;
  3. Effectively and appropriately communicate in written papers and reports in English to both non-expert and expert readers;
  4. Persuasively and appropriately communicate when presenting and discussing with both non-expert and expert audiences and discussants; and
  5. Carry out advanced research both independently and as part of a research team.


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