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MA Chinese Culture

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

100000 HKD
100000 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
School of Humanities and Social Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GMAT (avg)610

About this course

The MA program equips students with a multidisciplinary range of knowledge about Chinese culture from the humanities perspective. These disciplines include history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics. This knowledge of China 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 like education, government, business, industry, media, non-profit, foreign relations, academic and so on. A better understanding of the Chinese culture from a multidisciplinary perspective will greatly enhance competitiveness in the career path.

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Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a university or a recognized institution, or have obtained qualifications approved by the University to be equivalent to a first degree. 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.  For applicants whose first language is not Chinese and who do not complete their first degree in a Chinese-medium university or Chinese-medium academic program, they are required to fulfill the Chinese requirement of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”) level 4 or above, or equivalent.

English Requirements

  • All in-class lectures and materials are in English. Evidence of English ability is not required from applicants graduated from a university where English is the medium of teaching (includes all universities in Hong Kong and most universities from North America, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand etc). Applicants from Universities where English is not the medium of instruction, please provide an English proficiency proof in the application. Some recommended scores are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based test (PBT) score ≥ 550, Internet-based test (iBT) score ≥ 80, OR 
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score ≥ 6.0, all sub-scores ≥ 5.5

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Course Modules

Foundation Courses

  •  HMMA 5001 Fundamentals of Chinese Culture [C]
  • LANG 5072(1) English Academic Writing on Chinese Culture
    • [C] = The course may require students to read materials in Chinese.
    • (1) 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

  • HMMA 5002(2) Chinese Historical Phonology [Pu] [C]
  • HMMA 5003(3) Chinese Literary History [C]
  • HMMA 5004(4)
  • HMMA 5005 Pre-Modern Chinese History [C]; or 
  • Modern Chinese History [C]
  • HMMA 5006(5) Anthropological Studies of China [C]
  • HMMA 5007(6) Fundamentals of Chinese Philosophy [Pu] [C]
    • Not all required courses are offered every year. Students are advised to take two required courses in Fall Term.
    • [C] = The course may require students to read materials in Chinese.
    • [Pu] = The course is taught in Putonghua.

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How to Apply


Application Requirements

  • Transcript
  • Degree Certificate(s), if graduated
  • For applicants graduated from University in Mainland China, please upload both Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.
  • English proficiency proof / certificate (i.e. IELTS / TOEFL / Medium of Instruction) (if applicable)
  • GRE and GMAT scores are not required. Fresh graduates may provide information on work experience and professional qualification if they are available. Applicants may also upload other information not listed above but helpful to the admission committee to make the best decision.
  • Please note all submitted information will be kept confidential and will only be kept for a certain period of time. All application material will not be returned to the applicants by any means.

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