Postgraduate Programs 2022/23
Master of Science Program in Global China Studies
Award Title

Master of Science in Global China Studies

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

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.

Program Fee


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.

Program Advisor

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


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. The one-year program emphasizes capacity building, especially in verbal and writing communication skills. An optional two-year program additionally focuses on fostering research capacity. The program is also 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 within four 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
MGCS 5033
MGCS 5520
MGCS 5880


  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 5006
MGCS 5020
MGCS 5021
MGCS 5025


Quantitative Social Analysis

MGCS 5012


Humanities and Creativity Arts

MGCS 5032
MGCS 5034
MGCS 5035
MGCS 5036


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: 14 December 2021

Academic Research Concentration

Full-time students who wish to better prepare for further studies are given an 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 substitute 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 from the following list, subject to the prior approval of both the Academic Director and respective course instructor.

HMMA 5001
MGCS 6100
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: 18 May 2021

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

* refers to the total score in one single attempt


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.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2022/23 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2022):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 May 2022
Part-time: 1 May 2022

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jul 2022
Part-time: 15 Jul 2022

For 2021/22 Spring Term Intake (commencing in Feb 2022):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Nov 2021
Part-time: 1 Nov 2021

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Dec 2021
Part-time: 15 Dec 2021

 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.