Students are required to complete 24 credits of coursework, including three core courses (3 credits each), four-five elective courses (3 credits each) which cover no less than two of three subject areas and one academic writing course (0-3 credits).
GCS Core Courses (9 credits)
Students are required to take the following three GCS core courses:
History and Social Science MGCS 5001 Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic Quantitative Social Analysis MGCS 5010 Quantitative Methods in Social Science History and Social Science MGCS 5024 China in Comparative Perspective
Academic Writing Course (0-3 credits)
In exceptional circumstance, subject to prior approval from Academic Director, students who demonstrate higher English proficiency; and who are native English speakers can be exempted to take LANG 5070 or LANG 5070H. Such students should take one more elective course to fulfill the graduation requirements of 24 credits.
LANG 5070 Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes or LANG 5070H Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes
GCS Elective Courses (12-15 credits)
The chosen elective courses should cover at least two of the following areas, and include at least two China-related courses:
History and Social Science MGCS 5002 The Economy and Society in Imperial China MGCS 5003 The Political Economy of State-formation MGCS 5005 Narratives on China’s Legal Past and Present MGCS 5020 Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective MGCS 5021 Reform and Social Conflicts in Contemporary China MGCS 5022 Political Economy of China MGCS 5023 China’s Innovation System: Domestic and International Dimensions Quantitative Social Analysis MGCS 5011 Quantitative Studies of China MGCS 5012 Quantitative Data Analysis Humanities and Creative Arts MGCS 5030 Social Theory and World History MGCS 5031 An Introduction to Socio-cultural History of China MGCS 5032 Ethnicity in Chinese Context MGCS 5033 Accommodating the Provocative Others: Translation and Cultural Encounters between China and the West MGCS 5034 Chinese Creative Writing: Reading Literary Classics, Writing Essays and Novels MGCS 5035 China Studies and Creativity: Entering the Minds of Composers
Special Topic (3 credits)
MGCS 6000 Special Topic
Subject to prior approval from Academic Director, students may substitute no more than six elective credits (two courses) from other postgraduate courses (and a maximum of one 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.
*Not all elective courses are offered every year. The elective courses are listed for reference only.
Optional Project (3-6 credits)
MGCS 6980 Research Project in Global China Studies
Credits earned from MGCS 6980 cannot be counted toward the graduation requirements.
Full-time study mode : 1 year
Part-time study mode : 2 years
The whole program is taught 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).
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.