The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Arts Program in Chinese Culture (Part time)

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Course Information

Registration period
28 Feb 2022 (Mon) - 28 Feb 2024 (Wed)
HKD 120,000
(New students admitted with credit transfer are also required to pay the full program fee. Students who need to retake failed course(s) must pay the pro-rated fee for the necessary course(s).)
Study Mode
2 Year(s)
Cantonese, Mandarin

Course Overview

The Master of Arts (MA) Program in Chinese Culture equips students with a multidisciplinary range of knowledge about Chinese culture from the humanities perspective.  Disciplines include history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics.  This knowledge is imperative to students who aspire to know more about the culture of the country.  It is also an important asset to those whose careers have a close relationship with China in fields such as education, government, business, industry, media, non-profit organizations, foreign relations and academia, enhancing competitiveness.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement
24  credits

Foundation Courses
6 credits

HMMA 5001Fundamentals of Chinese Culture3 Credit(s)
LANG 5072*English Academic Writing on Chinese Culture3 Credit(s)
* Exemption may be granted with prior approval of the Academic Director (normally with IELTS score of 8.0 or above, or equivalent, and successfully passed an English written test on Chinese culture). Students given exemption should take one more elective course to fulfill the graduation requirement of 24 credits.

Required Courses
6 credits

HMMA 5002#Chinese Phonetics and Phonology3 Credit(s)
HMMA 5003#Chinese Literary History3 Credit(s)
HMMA 5004#Pre-Modern Chinese History3 Credit(s)
orHMMA 5005Modern Chinese History3 Credit(s)
HMMA 5006#Anthropological Studies of China3 Credit(s)
HMMA 5007#Fundamentals of Chinese Philosophy3 Credit(s)
# HMMA 5002 can be substituted by HUMA 5160;
HMMA 5003 can be substituted by HUMA 5300;
HMMA 5004 can be substituted by HUMA 5510;
HMMA 5006 can be substituted by HUMA 5700;
HMMA 5007 can be substituted by HUMA 5800.

Not all required courses are offered every year.  Students are advised to take the two required courses in Fall Term.

Elective Courses
12 credits

Students can choose from a list of China-related elective courses offered each year by the Division of Humanities. Surplus required course credits can be counted toward the elective requirement.

Out of the required and elective courses:
One must be taught in English, but Chinese reading materials may be used.  Students can take a non-HUMA course to fulfill this requirement, subject to the approval of the Academic Director.
One may be a non-China-related course, subject to the approval of the Academic Director.
Many courses are taught in English but assign readings in Chinese.  Some courses are taught in Chinese (Putonghua) due to academic reasons.  Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Chinese.
Full-time students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits of coursework each regular term,  whereas part-time students are required to take a minimum of 3 credits each regular term.
Upon entering the program, students' progress will be monitored by the Academic Director.
With the approval of the Academic Director, student may take study leave for no more than one regular term.

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

  1. Identify, explain, and use cultural concepts, theories, and models;
  2. Analyze significant cultural phenomena related to Chinese past and present based on these cultural concepts, theories and models;
  3. Analyze Chinese culture in a global and cross-cultural comparative perspective based on the knowledge and skills of the Humanities from the program;
  4. Articulate Chinese culture critically and analytically in a range of Humanities disciplines, including History, Philosophy, Literature, Linguistics, or Anthropology, in both English and Chinese; and
  5. Conduct original cultural research and participate effectively in project teams using an enhanced knowledge of Chinese culture gained from the program.

Skills covered in this course

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