Program Details

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the MSc in Global China Studies program (MGCS) must complete 24 credits of coursework, including minimum three core courses (3 credits each); elective courses (3 credits each) which cover no less than two of three subject areas ; and one academic writing course (0 or 3 credits).

A. MGCS Core Courses (9 credits)

History and Social Science
MGCS 5001

Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic

MGCS 5024 China in Comparative Perspective
MGCS 5520 Comparative Politics
MGCS 5880 Growing Up the Chinese Way 
Quantitative Social Analysis
MGCS 5010 Introduction to Social Statistics
Humanities and Creative Arts
MGCS 5033 Literary and Cultural Studies

B. Academic Writing Course (0 or 3 credits)

Subject to prior approval by the Academic Director, students with higher English proficiency levels, or students who speak English as a first language, can be exempted from taking LANG 5070 or LANG 5070H. Such students should take one more elective course to fulfill the graduation requirements.

LANG 5070 Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes
LANG 5070H Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes

C. MGCS Elective Courses (12-15 credits)

The overall elective credits must cover at least two of the following areas, and include at least two China-related courses. Any excess core credits will be counted as elective credits.

History and Social Science
MGCS 5006 China and the World
MGCS 5020 Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective
MGCS 5021 Reform and Social Conflicts in Contemporary China
MGCS 5025 China and Africa
MGCS 6000 Special Topics Series #
Quantitative Social Analysis
MGCS 5012 Quantitative Data Analysis
Humanities and Creative Arts
MGCS 5032 Ethnicity in Chinese Context
MGCS 5034 Chinese Creative Writing: Reading Literary Classics, Writing Essays and Novels
MGCS 5035 China Studies and Creativity: Entering the Minds of Composers
MGCS 5036 Western Opera and Asia
* The courses listed above are those that we have offered since the program began to admit students, because not all courses can be offered every academic year, depending on faculty availabilities and student enrollment, they are listed for your reference only.
# Past course series include 'Psychology and Education in Chinese Society' ; 'The Economic and Political Development of Modern Japan' ; 'Gender and Sexuality in Modern China' ; 'Religion in Comparative Perspective' ; International Law and China' ; 'Applied Regression Analysis of Social Data'. All subject to change.


D. Course Substitution

Subject to prior approval from Academic Director, students may substitute no more than six elective credits (two courses) from other postgraduate courses (In exceptional circumstances, one of these two courses could be an undergraduate course at 4000-level) offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science to fulfill the MSc (GCS) program requirements. The approved substituting courses should be either China-related or global-related.

E. Optional Project (1 credits)

MGCS 6981 Research Experience in Global China Studies. The credit earned from the MGCS 6981 cannot be counted toward the MGCS graduation requirements.

F. MGCS with Academic Research Concentration (2 years)

1st year 2nd year (Concentration)
Core Courses (9 credits);


Academic Writing (0-3 credits);


Elective Courses (12-15 credits);

One Methodology course, either in Humanities or Social Science (3 credits);

Two Research Project courses – MGCS 6980 & MGCS 6982 (6 credits each);

One Independent Study – MGCS 6200 (3 credits)

Total: 24 credits Additional 18 credits

Program Duration

Mode of Study Program Duration Required study load per semester
Full-time  (without concentration) 1 Year at least 9 credits  (3 courses)
Part-time  (without concentration) 2 Years 8 credits at maximum
MGCS with Academic Research Concentration 2 Years at least 9 credits  (3 courses)

Language Requirement

The program is taught entirely in English. Students whose first language is not English or whose medium of instruction of the degree program completed previously was not English must possess a TOEFL score of no lower than 600 (PBT) or 100 (iBT), or an IELTS score of no lower than 7 (all sub-scores should be 5.5 or above).

Academic Advising

Upon entering the program, the student’s progress will be monitored by the Taught Postgraduate Programs Office of the School of Humanities and Social Science.