Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Master of Arts Program in Chinese Culture
Award Title

Master of Arts in Chinese Culture

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

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

Program Fee



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).

Program Advisor

Academic Director:
Prof May-yi SHAW, Assistant Professor of Humanities Education


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.

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.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

24  credits


  1. Foundation Courses

6 credits

HMMA 5001
LANG 5072*
* 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.


  1. Required Courses

6 credits

HMMA 5002#
HMMA 5003#
HMMA 5004#
orHMMA 5005
HMMA 5006#
HMMA 5007#
# 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Remarks
  • 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.


Last update: 31 July 2018

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements.  Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.


1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements

One of the following:

  • Level 4 in Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”)
  • First language being Chinese
  • Having (i) obtained a bachelor’s degree award by an institution where the medium of instruction was Chinese or (ii) completed a Chinese-medium academic program
4. Additional Information
  • Priority will be given to applicants with Humanities or Social Science background.
  • Proficiency in both English and Chinese is important for successful completion of the program.