Program Requirements

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).

  1.  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
  2.  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
    LANG 5070H Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes


  3. 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
    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 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.


*The courses listed above are those that were offered since the program began to admit students. They are listed for reference only. The course offering in each semester is subject to change according to availability of teachers. The courses listed above may not be offered every year.


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.



Program Duration

Full-time study mode : 1 year

Part-time study mode : 2 years


Language Requirement

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).


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.