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Master of Social Sciences in Global Hong Kong Studies


The Master of Social Sciences in Global Hong Kong Studies is the first Master programme that adopts multi-dimensional and multidisciplinary perspectives on studying and understanding Hong Kong. It aims to provide students with a macroscopic perspective in analyzing the historical transformation of global order through the changing status of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereign powers. Having equipped with global and historical perspectives, this programme distinctively encourages students to microscopically examine social, cultural, political and economic aspects of Hong Kong’s development in detail.

Graduates of this programme will be equipped to theorize Hong Kong within an area studies and global context (local in global) and to make sense of global trends through the transformation of Hong Kong (global in local). Such knowledge and skills are applicable to a wide range of careers in the government, mass media, education, non-governmental organizations, as well as in private enterprises.

Graduate of this programme will be able to pursue their doctoral studies, or another Master-level studies, in a variety of disciplines, ranging from China Studies to Hong Kong Studies, from global studies to disciplinary subjects such as sociology and political science, and from interdisciplinary studies to specific disciplinary research degrees.

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Room D3-1/F-22A, Department of Social Sciences,
The Education University of Hong Kong,
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

Programme Code
Full Time
1 year
Part Time
2 years
Programme Info
Programme Leader
Dr Ho Wai Yip

Contents of the Programme

The objectives of this Master of Social Sciences in Global Hong Kong Studies [MSocSc(GHKS)] programme are:

  1. To develop multidisciplinary perspectives for students to comprehend the transformations and developments of Hong Kong and the world;
  2. To foster in students a deep understanding of Global Hong Kong Studies and the interface and interactions between the local and the global dimensions; and
  3. To assist students in mastering the skills of researching, exploring and analysing the complex interactions between Hong Kong and the world.

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Master the up-to-date knowledge of the complexity and dynamism in Hong Kong’s developments in the national, regional and global contexts;
  2. Acquire multiple perspectives and innovative skills in studying Hong Kong and its interaction with Greater China, Asia-Pacific and the globalizing world;
  3. Apply concepts, theories and methodology of Global Hong Kong Studies empirically to case studies and real-life examples by creatively imagining future possibilities as well as solutions; and
  4. Uphold ethical responsibility and sensitive to the multiplicity and diversity of values in Global Hong Kong Studies.

The programme comprises 24 credit points (cps). Students normally take one to two years to complete the programme. They need to attend classes which may be held in the evening/daytime on weekdays or weekends at the Tai Po Campus or Tseung Kwan O Study Centre and/or satellite study center near Kowloon Tong as decided by the University.


Students are required to complete 24 credit points for graduation.

For one-year full-time, each student will need to take 4 courses in Semester I and 4 in Semester II:
Course Semester Course Semester
From Area to Global Studies Semester I Hong Kong in the Global Economy Semester II
Research Methods in Global Hong Kong Studies Semester I Migration and families in Hong Kong society Semester II
Globalization and World Religions Semester I Political Development of Hong Kong Semester II
The History of Hong Kong: Local and Global Contexts Semester I Urbanism, Sustainable Development and the Socio-Economic Geographies of Hong Kong Semester II
    Electives* Semester II

*Students can choose to take the electives in Semester II. There are two electives for students to choose: “Local and National Issues in Education”, and “Hong Kong’s Policing in Response to Global and Cross-border Crime”.

For two-year part-time, each student can take 2 courses in each semester, for example:
Course Year & Semester Course Year & Semester
From Area to Global Studies Year 1 Semester I Any two courses offered in Sem II Year 1
Semester II
Globalization and World Religions
Research Methods in Global Hong Kong Studies Year 2 Semester I The remaining two courses or electives* offered in Sem II Year 2
Semester II
The History of Hong Kong: Local and Global Contexts

There are two options for completing the 24 credit points for graduation:

1. Students who opt for coursework will need to take 8 courses.


Credit Points (CPs)

All 8 Core courses


6-7 Core courses plus 1-2 Electives*





2. Students who opt for the Research Project can be exempted from taking two courses:


Credit Points (CPs)

From Area to Global Studies


Research Methods in Global Hong Kong Studies


Any 4 out of the other 6 Core courses


Research Project






The medium of instruction is English.


This programme is offered on a self-funded basis. The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$120,000 ($5,000 per credit point), which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.

Entrance Scholarship are available and awarded on the basis of academic merits with consideration of non-academic achievement.

  1. Applicants should normally hold recognized Bachelor's degrees or equivalent. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.
  2. Applicants whose entrance qualifications are obtained from institutions in a non-English speaking system should normally meet the EdUHK’s post-graduate admission language requirement:
  • IELTS 6.0 or above; or 
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.
Course Outlines
Course Course
From Area to Global Studies SSC6265 Hong Kong in the Global Economy SSC6269
Research Methods in Global Hong Kong Studies SSC6266 Migration and families in Hong Kong society SSC6270
The History of Hong Kong: Local and Global Contexts SSC6267 Globalization and World Religions SSC6271
Political Development of Hong Kong SSC6268 Urbanism, Sustainable Development and the Socio-Economic Geographies of Hong Kong SSC6272

Elective: EDS6002 Local and National Issues in Education | SSC6273 Hong Kong’s Policing in Response to Global and Cross-border Crime

Research Project: SSC6228

Any aspect of the course (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

Student Activities

Visiting rufugee centre in Chung King Mansions led by Dr Ho (26 Oct 2019)

Learning By Doing in Shek Lei St John's Catholic Primary School led by Prof Chiu (17 Oct 2019)

Tai Po History Walk

Tai Po Walk

Trip to Hong Kong Museum of History

Library Tour

A field visit to the Legislative Council of HKSAR  到香港特別行政區立法會實地考察

Iran Trip 2016

Selfie with local students at the Golestan Palace

Imam Square in Isfahan

Geneva Tour 2017


UN Geneva


International Red Cross and Red Crescent

World Council of Churches




Programme Teaching Team
Name Phone Email Room
Prof CHIU Wing Kai Stephen
Chair Professor of Sociology
2948 8570 stephenwkchiu D2-1/F-33
Dr CHONG King Man Eric 
Assistant Professor
2948 7012 kingman D4-1/F-12
Dr HO Ka Ki Lawrence
Assistant Professor
2948 8486 lawrenceho D3-1/F-07
Dr HO Wai Yip
Associate Professor
2948 8310 howaiyip D3-1/F-09
Dr HUI Lai Hang Dennis
Assistant Professor
2948 6365 huilh D3-1/F-01
Dr MA Kin Hang Matt
Lecturer II
2948 7690 makinhang D2-1/F-05
Dr PAN Suyan
Associate Professor
2948 8616 pansuyan D3-1/F-52
Dr TO Wai Chun Clara
Assistant Professor
2948 8447 clarato D4-1/F-08
Dr WONG Yee Hang Mathew
Assistant Professor
2948 7839 myhwong D3-1/F-58
Dr ZHAO Zhenzhou
Assistant Professor
2948 8529 zhaozz D3-1/F-08
Graduates’ Sharing
作者:18-19屆全球與香港研究學生 吳曉慧
學到用時方恨少,最大的挑戰來自於全英文授課,之前從沒體驗過啊!因此每一次上課絕不敢怠慢,打起十二分精神基本能聽懂一大半,回去再回味復習一下也能跟上節奏。但碰到個別導師英語講太快,直接傻眼。英語不夠好,就得創造和抓住機會練習,學語言最重要的就是環境。於是在同學群裏宣導大家儘量用英語交流,朋友圈都發中英文雙語,課堂上也積極舉手回答問題、踴躍參與討論,不管說的對不對,敢說就行。再加上啃了許多英文文獻,寫了無數篇Response Paper,一年下來不管是英語閱讀,還是聽力口語都進步了一些,頗感欣慰。
最難的是Presentation和Research Paper,用中文來做都是很大挑戰,況英語乎!硬著頭皮也要上啊,經過充分準備和學習演練,還有小組小夥伴們的協作配合,總算順利又圓滿完成了每一次任務。為我們自己鼓掌喝彩!連英語演講都沒問題,相信大家以後在任何場合都落落大方不會怯場!
上學期寫過一篇“說說我們的教授和Tutor”,詳細介紹了德高望重的副校長趙教授,認真負責的Leader Dr Ho,謙謙君子溫潤如玉的王老師,帥氣幹練的Vic Li,細心細緻隨時隨地陪伴和幫助我們的Tutor正非。下學期還認識了非常用心、非常可愛的Eric,平易近人的Dennis,體貼溫和的Clara,時尚美麗的黎明老師。你們用專業的知識、認真的態度、清晰的講授、和親身帶領我們實地參觀考察,不僅為我們打開了知識的大門,還讓我們看到這個世界的多樣性、可能性,讓我們的眼界和視野更廣闊,衷心感謝你們!

ELYASI Mahdi (Iran), Graduate

"The Programme has enabled me to identify all important elements and factors in an event. Because of following waves of development in this region taking a comparative approach in studying East Asian countries is so helpful in understanding the way they followed toward development. 
I can say with confidence, joining this programme has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have gained a strong foundation for further studies on the region. I am so glad I came to The Education University of Hong Kong to study."

Mr CHEN Zhiyuan, current PhD student of Peking University


Ms Au Yueung Ka Ki, current Assistant Curatorial Officer of a museum

"Taking this Programme, you will gradually dispel the myths of society through finding out the related evidences. Come and join us!"


Media Coverage
(星島日報, 2017-11-09) 來自伊朗的Mahdi,在教大攻讀全球及香港研究社會科學碩士生,他讚歎在港以英語交流便利。

教大首名伊朗生 學粵語融入本港

(星島日報報道)教育大學今個學年首次取錄來自伊朗的學生,隻身來港的Mahdi Elyasi,正攻讀全球及香港研究社會科學碩士。在港生活短短兩個月,他已入鄉隨俗,學習廣東話,又與港人一樣愛

上喝檸檬茶;Mahdi又發現兩地文化不謀而合,如伊朗人都是以米飯為主食,慶祝等同中國農曆新年的春節等。Read More ...

Master programme in Global and Hong Kong Studies offers students a whole new perspective, not just on global issues but also about themselves

(SCMP, Professional Education, 2016-12-09)

While university programmes are often interesting and useful, they are seldom lifechanging. But Wang Zhengfei, who began studying for his master’s degree in September, feels that the course is already changing him and how he views his future. Read More ...


Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Ms Jane Lee
Tel: (852) 2948 7707