FAQs

1. Is this Programme suitable for me?

This MSocSc-MCCC programme is designed for individuals who:

  • intend to start a career in media and culture related work
  • are already in a related career and need to complement their skills through an academic study programme- work in education and are eager to meet the challenges of the new school curriculum which emphasizes liberal studies and general education
  • work in areas of government and culture industries- work in business and other non-cultural fields but want to increase technical and conceptual skills of media and culture
  • are graduates from related disciplines of sociology, journalism, urban studies, or comparative literature wishing to pursue further research.

2. What knowledge do I obtain upon completion of the programme?

On completing the MSocSc-MCCC programme, students will be able to:

  • understand theoretical debates and empirical studies concerning media, culture, and creative cities in the global world today
  • master the methods and instruments for conducting and evaluating research on media, culture, and creative cities
  • comprehend the related policy discussions and evaluate different policy preferences
  • critically assess the roles of government, industry, and civil society
  • strengthen exposure, connections, and career prospects in related fields
  • nurture a sense of cultural citizenship

3. What is the programme structure?

The MSocSc-MCCC programme offers a part-time 2-year mode, following the new TPG curriculum structure of having 10 courses: 8 taught courses plus a capstone project (equivalent to a dissertation, which is counted as 2 courses).

For most updated Regulations and syllabus: http://www.socsc.hku.hk/reg_syl_tpg.html

4. How many courses do I have to complete?

Candidates are required to complete a total of 10 courses: four compulsory core courses, four elective courses, and two courses covering a capstone project.

5. What is Capstone Project?

The Capstone Project (equivalent to a dissertation, which is counted as two courses) aims at training students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt through the programme by conducting a research project in close collaboration with community partners in the field of media, culture, and creative cities. Students can work individually or in groups, depending on the nature and scale of the project.

6. Am I eligible for this Programme?

Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours (or another qualification of equivalent standard). Candidates without a Bachelor’s degree but with relevant working experiences in the media and cultural sector will also be considered in exceptional cases, and may be required to sit for a qualifying examination.

7. When is the deadline for application?

The application deadline for 2016/2017 admission is April 15, 2016. Successful applicants will commence studies in September 2016.

8. How do I submit my application?

Application and payment of application fees (HK$300 per application) should be made online at http://www.aal.hku.hk/tpg/programme-list-1617. Please note that your application cannot be processed unless you have paid your application fee online by credit card (VISA or MASTERCARD only).

9. What supporting documents do I need to submit in my application?

The following is a list of documents you will be required to submit when applying to the MSocSc-MCCC programme:

  • Official degree certificates and transcript(s) of your graduate and undergraduate studies
  • Official score report on an English Language proficiency test, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. (for applicants with qualifications from institutions outside HK where the language of instruction and examination is not English)
  • Two referees’ reports

Please note that documents once submitted will not be returned, and will be destroyed if the application is unsuccessful.

10. Do I have to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score?

Applicants with qualifications from a university of comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or examination is not English are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for admission. Please refer to the FAQ of Taught Postgraduate Admissions at http://www.aal.hku.hk/tpg/faq for more details.

11. How long is the processing time for an application and when will the result be announced?

Successful applicants will be notified of their application results latest by July 31, 2016.

12. How many students are admitted each year?

30 students would be admitted for the academic year 2016/2017.

13. How much is the tuition fee?

For academic year 2016/2017, the tuition fee is HK$90,000 for part-time students to complete the progamme, i.e., HK $45,000 per academic year for two years.

14. Can non-local applicants apply this programme?

If you are a non-local applicant, regarding the visa matter, you may wish to seek advice from the HKU’s CEDARS office and the Hong Kong Immigration Department. We accept successful non-local students, however you will need a valid visa to stay in Hong Kong and then study. According to the Faculty of Social Sciences and based on their experience, student visa for part-time programme has been hardly issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Therefore, we usually accepted non-local students with work visa or dependent visa for part-time programme.

 

If you still have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Miss Connie HY Ko

Senior Executive Assistant

socimccc@hku.hk / Tel: 3917 2309

Dr. Travis SK Kong

Programme Director

travisk@hku.hk / Tel: 3917 2055