Programme Highlights Department of Government and Public Administration - CUHK

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The Master of Social Science in Government and Politics (Greater China) 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), and thematically it covers political institution and reform, public administration, foreign policies and regional international relations, human rights and constitutionalism, environmental politics, civil society, media and political communications, and etc.

  • emphasize on social science perspective and research methodology.

  • courses will be delivered by faculties in GPA Department and by noted scholars from Greater China and overseas.

  • teaching language will be English and Putonghua.

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), among them 5 are required courses:

  • GPGC5001 Institution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • GPGC5002 HK, Macao, Taiwan Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • GPGC5003 Greater China and the World
  • GPGC5004 Public Policy and Administration in Greater China
  • GPGC5005 Methods in Social Science Research


Study Mode 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)


The teaching language will be English and Putonghua, with Cantonese a supplementary language. Some courses may be conducted entirely in English. Normally course readings will include both English and Chinese materials.

2018/2019 teaching year

September 2018 - May 2019


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