Programme Highlights Department of Government and Public Administration - CUHK

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Launched in 2012, GPGC aims to train creative and methodologically rigorous analysts of government and politics in Greater China. This taught master's programme offers advanced training on major issues in Greater China areas, such as political institutions, public administration, foreign policies & international relations, democracy & rule of law, environmental politics, state-society relations, and political communications. The GPGC programme prepares students for leading roles in public service, third sector, media, education, business management, etc.

GPGC is a taught Master Programme and open to all prospective applicants who interested in pursuing Government and Politics or Greater China Studies as a second degree. Applicants who hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than government and politics are also eligible to apply the Programme.

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Programme Highlights


  • Has a broader geographical and thematic coverage than most of Master of Art programmes in China Studies. Geographically it covers Greater China (Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao). Thematically it provides unique insights into major subjects, such as institution & reform, public administration, foreign policies & regional international relations, democracy & rule of law, environmental politics, state-society relations, and political communications.

  • Emphasizes social science perspective and research methodology

  • Taught by faculty of the GPA Department and renowned scholars from Greater China and overseas

  • Offered in English and Mandarin Chinese, aiming at preparing students to take on active leadership roles in the region and beyond

Programme Objectives

  • To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Greater China from social science (political science in particular) perspectives, and to encourage them to form independent analysis and critical assessment of contemporary Greater China;
  • To sharpen students' knowledge of the complex relationships of political, sociological, historical, economic and managerial factors in Greater China through social scientific approaches; and
  • To enhance students' sensitivity to the issues generated by the rapid transformations in Greater China societies with a global view.

Study Scheme

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 units of courses (8 courses):


Required Courses

  • GPGC5001 Institution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • GPGC5003 Greater China and the World
  • GPGC5004 Public Policy and Administration in Greater China
  • GPGC5005 Methods in Social Science Research


Elective Courses

Any four courses from

  • GPGC5002 HK, Macao, Taiwan Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • GPGC5101 Political Economy and Business Environment of Greater China
  • GPGC5102 Politics of Transition and Greater China
  • GPGC5103 Anti-Corruption in Comparative Perspective
  • GPGC5104 Taiwan in Comparative Perspective
  • GPGC5105 Public Governance and Civil Service in Hong Kong
  • GPGC5106 State-Society Relations in Greater China
  • GPGC5107 Environmental Politics of Greater China
  • GPGC5108 Political Thought in Contemporary China
  • GPGC5109 Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Greater China
  • GPGC5110 Selected Topic in Government and Politics of Greater China I
  • GPGC5111 Political Communication in Practice
  • GPGC5112 Selected Topic in Government and Politics of Greater China II
  • MPUP5422 Environmental Policy Analysis

*Elective courses may change from year to year, subject to the availability of teaching resources and student enrollment.


Mode of Study

Mode of Study Normal Study Period Maximum Study Period
Full-time 1 year (2 terms) 3 years (6 terms)
Part-time 2 years (4 terms) 4 years (8 terms)

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete at least eight courses (4 required courses and 4 elective courses) and achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 to fulfill the graduation requirement.


The teaching languages are English and Putonghua. Some courses may be conducted entirely in English. Normally course readings will include both English and Chinese materials.

2023/2024 Teaching Year

September 2023 – May 2024


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