Postgraduate Programs 2019/20
Master of Science Program in Global China Studies
Award Title

Master of Science in Global China Studies

Program Short Name

MSc(GCS)

Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

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

Program Fee

HK$120,000

Students who take additional course(s) are required to pay HK$5,000 for each additional credit.

Program Advisor

Academic Director:
Prof James LEE, Chair Professor of Social Science and Humanities

Enquiry

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.

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.
  1.  Minimum Credit Requirement

    24 credits 
     

  2. Core Courses

    9 credits

MGCS 5001
MGCS 5010
MGCS 5024

 

  1.  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 5070

 

  1. 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 5003
MGCS 5020
MGCS 5021
MGCS 5022

 

Quantitative Social Analysis

MGCS 5012

 

Humanities and Creativity Arts

MGCS 5032
MGCS 5033
MGCS 5034
MGCS 5035

 

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

 

MGCS 6000

 

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.
 

  1.  Optional Project 

     Selected students can take an extra project course: 
     

MGCS 6981

 

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

Last update: 31 July 2019

Academic Research Concentration

Full-time students who wish to better prepare for further studies are given am option to follow a two-year study plan to complete the program with an Academic Research Concentration.

Subject to the prior approval of both the Academic Director and course instructor, students who opt for this concentration may substitue the core course MGCS 5010 Introduction to Social Statistics with SOSC 5090 to fulfill the program requirement.
 

SOSC 5090


Students who opt for this concentration are required to complete a minimum of 42 credits. In addition to the existing program requirements (24 credits of coursework), students are required to complete the following:

 

  i. Research Methodology Course

3 Credits

Students are required to complete one postgraduate Research Methodology course in either Humanities or Social Science from the following list, subject to the prior approval of both the Academic Director and respective course instructor.
 

HMMA 5001
SOSC 5110
SOSC 5170
SOSC 5340
SOSC 5700


 ii. Independent Study Course 

3 Credits

Students are required to take MGCS 6200 to conduct an independent study in a designated subject under the supervision of a faculty memeber.
 

MGCS 6200


 iii. Research Project

12 Credits

Students are required to take MGCS 6980 and MGCS 6982 to conduct a two-term long research project to obtain a total of 12 credits. In MGCS 6980, students are required to complete a research prospectus and an oral research prospectus examination. In MGCS 6982, students are required to complete a concrete and coherent reseach paper with oral defense as a part of the research project. Students can only register for MGCS 6982 in the second term upon the successful completion of MGCS 6980 in the first term.
 

MGCS 6980
MGCS 6982

 

Last update: 31 July 2019

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. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree with a grade average of 3.0 out of 4.0; and

  • One of the following:

    • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 7.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

    • TOEFL iBT: 100

    • TOEFL pBT: 600

    • First language being English

    • Having obtained a bachelor’s degree awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English

 

For early admission of non-local applicants under nomination by strategic partner universities:

  • Having completed all the undergraduate coursework requirements with a cumulative grade average (CGA) of 3.0 out of 4.0; and

  • Having fulfilled the program-specific English language requirement specified above

3. Additional Information
  • Applicants who are HKUST graduates and have taken MGCS courses during their undergraduate studies may apply for transferring up to 12 of these credits to the MSc program upon admission.

 

For early admission of non-local applicants under nomination by strategic partner universities:

  • If admitted to the MSc program, students will remain registered as undergraduates in their home universities.

  • Upon completion of the MSc degree requirements, these students are required to submit an official copy of their bachelor’s degree certificate to the Program Office no later than 31 August each year in order to be conferred the MSc degree in Global China Studies at HKUST.