Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts Programs in Social Science
Award Title

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science
Master of Arts in Social Science

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 John Zhongdong MA, Associate Professor of Social Science


PGD program is not available for new admission.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) and Master of Arts (MA) Programs in Social Science offer an interdisciplinary curriculum for those seeking employment in business, government, mass media, and education, as well as those who subsequently wish to pursue a research program in one of the social science disciplines. The taught programs are designed to provide the necessary skills required for social science research and a broad spectrum of analytical perspectives for a critical understanding of a variety of issues and phenomena in the modern world.

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

  1. Design research projects based on fundamental principles of social science inquiry;

  2. Explain basic statistical concepts used by social scientists and apply related methods to data analysis;

  3. Articulate key concepts and important theories in major social science disciplines;

  4. Evaluate and critique scholarly works in the social sciences; and

  5. Formulate theoretically informed and empirically grounded perspectives for the analysis of social and economic issues in Greater China and beyond.

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    PGD: 15 credits
    MA: 24 credits


  2. Credit Transfer

    Subject to the approval of the Academic Director, graduates from the PGD program may transfer up to 15 credits of coursework to the MA program.


  3. Foundation Courses

    PGD: 3 credits
    MA: 6 credits

MASS 5010
MASS 5020


  1. Required Courses

    PGD: 9 credits
    MA: 12 credits


    Designed specifically for the PGD/MA students, the required SSMA courses cover disciplines in sociology, psychology, economics, and political science. Students are required to take courses from one or more of these disciplines. At the beginning of each term, the Program Office will announce a list of courses to be offered by the Division.


  2. Elective Courses

    PGD: 3 credits
    MA: 6 credits


    Students can take any postgraduate courses (and a maximum of one undergraduate course at 4000-level) offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science.


  3. Remarks

  • Should students wish to take courses other than those specified above, prior approval must be obtained from the Academic Director.

  • Most courses are taught in English. Students who wish to enroll in courses in which Chinese materials are used extensively must demonstrate proficiency in 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.

  • Subject to the approval of the Academic Director, students of the MA program may subsequently apply for transfer to the PGD program.


Last Update: 1 Jun 2020

Psychology Concentration

To graduate with the Psychology Concentration designation, students are required to complete at least three courses (9 credits) from the following list of required courses related to psychology. Student can choose to graduate with or without concentration.

MASS 5980
MASS 5981
MASS 5982
MASS 5983

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: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5 *

* Refers to scores in one single attempt only. Test at home option is not accepted.

Applicants are not required 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.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2024/25 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2024):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 8 Apr 2024
Part-time: 8 Apr 2024

Local Applicants
Full-time: 8 Apr 2024
Part-time: 8 Apr 2024

PGD program is not available for new admission. Applicants may apply for the MA program in the Online Admission System.

 * 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.