Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the MSc in Global China Studies program (MGCS) must 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).

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
Quantitative Social Analysis
MGCS 5010 Introduction to Social Statistics

B.Academic Writing Course (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 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 5003 The Political Economy of State-formation
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 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
MGCS 6000A China and the Developing World
MGCS 6000B Global Environmental History
MGCS 6000C Buddhist Philosophy in a Global Context
MGCS 6000D China’s Developmental Miracle: A Social Science Perspective
MGCS 6000E Western Opera and Asia
MGCS 6000F History of International Development
MGCS 6000G China and Africa

*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.

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.