HKUST PG Programs 2024-25 - SHSS

HKUST Postgraduate Programs 2024-25 School of HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

Welcome 2 School Profile 3 Research Foci 4 Research Postgraduate Programs 5 Taught Postgraduate Programs 6 Submit Your Application 7 Contents

Welcome to the HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science. We are a leading interdisciplinary program in the humanities and social science in Greater China and the only one with an explicit comparative perspective, as exemplified by our undergraduate and graduate degrees in Global China Studies. Our university is committed to pursuing excellence in both research and education. What distinguishes us from peer institutions is our cultivation of global best practice in multi-disciplinary graduate training and placement, engagement of students in faculty research, and the impact of our scholarship. We have developed strategic partnerships with several North American, European, and Chinese universities, including the California Institute of Technology, Lund University, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shantou University, Sichuan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, the University of Virginia, and Waseda University. These partnerships provide ample opportunities for international faculty and student research and collaboration, faculty and student exchanges, joint student training, and dualdegree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Along with our high rankings by QS and Times Higher Education, these partnerships attest to our standing both as a university of the world and as a world university. We are especially proud of our placement of MA, MSc, MPhil and PhD graduates in leading institutions around the world. I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our faculty, our teaching mission, our classes, our research, and the opportunities our school provides to the world, to China, and especially to Hong Kong. Prof. Kellee TSAI Dean of Humanities and Social Science Welcome 2

by Faculty in 2018-2023 Books 11th in Asia for Social Sciences3 11th in Asia for Social Sciences & Management2 in Asia for Citations per Paper in Social Sciences & Management2 2nd 2 Divisions + 1 Center • Division of Humanities • Division of Social Science • Center for Language Education in Hong Kong for Social Science, History, Political Science, and Chinese Language & Literature1 50+ 1st Physics and Astronomy SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 1 HKSAR University Grants Council Research Assessment Exercise 2020 2 QS World University Rankings, 2023 3 Times Higher Education Rankings, 2023 3

School of SCIENCE 4 Research Foci Research Foci Division of Humanities In Humanities, our foci are Chinese social and cultural history, transnational Chinese history, European intellectual history, history of science, Chinese dialects, experimental linguistics, sociolinguistics, Chinese philosophy (Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism), comparative philosophy of East and West, philosophy of science, Chinese and comparative literature, animation and film studies, and cultural anthropology of South China. Division of Social Science In Social Science, research focuses primarily on the evolving economy, polity and society of Mainland China in comparative perspective. Specific topics encompass economic reforms and development, social stratification and mobility, contentious politics, historical demography and migration, environmental policy, emotions and the Chinese personality, as well as broad issues pertaining to gender, culture and the role of innovation and technology in society.

5 Master of Philosophy in Humanities The MPhil program provides training for students who intend to pursue careers in teaching and research. It can be an end in itself or serve as preparation for a PhD degree. Students may specialize in linguistics, literature, history and anthropology, or philosophy and religion, though they are expected to go beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries and cultivate knowledge and expertise in interdisciplinary dialogue and interaction. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Master of Philosophy in Social Science The MPhil program is designed to provide rigorous training in the research methods required to conduct substantive research in one of the following disciplines related to China (in the majority of instances): demography, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. The MPhil degree is intended to facilitate students interested in pursuing a PhD degree. Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities The PhD program is interdisciplinary in nature. It provides training for students who intend to pursue professional and academic careers. Students may specialize in linguistics, literature, history and anthropology, or philosophy and religion, but are expected to go beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries and cultivate knowledge and expertise in interdisciplinary dialogue and interaction. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Science The PhD program is designed to prepare students for a career in academia, policy research or consultancy related to the affairs of society, polity or the economy. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to make original and substantial contributions to knowledge in his/ her chosen discipline/ field of research. Research Postgraduate Programs PhD PhD MPhil MPhil Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs in Humanities T : (852) 2358 7810 MPhil and PhD Programs in Social Science T : (852) 2358 7810

6 Master of Arts in Chinese Culture Students are equipped with a multidisciplinary range of knowledge about Chinese culture from the humanities perspective. Disciplines include history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics. This knowledge is imperative for students who aspire to know more about the culture of the country. It is also an important asset to those whose careers have a close relationship with China in fields such as education, government, business, industry, media, non-profit, foreign relations, and academia, enhancing competitiveness. Master of Arts in Social Science An interdisciplinary curriculum for those seeking employment in business, government, mass media, and education, as well as those who subsequently wish to pursue a research program in one of the social science disciplines. It is designed to provide the necessary skills required for social science research and a broad spectrum of analytical perspectives for a critical understanding of a variety of issues and phenomena in the modern world. Master of Science in Global China Studies The broad and interdisciplinary curriculum of this program provides global and local perspectives on China’s past and present. The one-year program emphasizes capacity building, especially in verbal and writing communication skills. An optional two-year program additionally focuses on fostering research capacity. The program is also designed to enable advanced undergraduates from elite universities to take on the challenge of postgraduate study and receive both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within four years. Over half of the graduates continue further studies in renowned universities in Greater China and abroad. Taught Postgraduate Programs Master of Arts in International Language Education The program offers advanced postgraduate education, taught in English, with two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). Our research-informed approach to language education prepares language professionals for a dynamic global career in teaching English or Chinese as a second or other language. The program provides a solid foundation across a broad range of language education and applied linguistics topics. MA MSc MA MA Enquiries MA in Chinese Culture T : (852) 3469 2205 MA in International Language Education T : (852) 3469 2096 MA in Social Science T : (852) 3469 2205 MSc in Global China Studies T : (852) 2358 8275

7 Guaranteed University Accommodation in the First 2 years of Full-time Research Studies Generous Scholarship @ Submit Your Application @ Admission Requirements @ To qualify for admission to the University, applicants should have: • Obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification; • For PhD applicants (additional to the above): a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a fulltime basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years; • Fulfill the English language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments1: Proficiency Test Minimum Score TOEFL – Internet-based Test (iBT) 80 (in one single attempt) TOEFL – Paper-based Test (pBT) 550 TOEFL – Revised Paper-delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections) IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.5 and all sub-scores: 5.5 1 You are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if your first language is English, or your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English. • Met program-specific admission requirements, if any. For more programs offered at HKUST, please refer to Cross-Campus Study Opportunities State-of-the-Art Research Institutes

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