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?
In this programme, we aim to provide you with:
- theoretical knowledge for understanding how media, culture, and creative cities function in today’s global society
- skills to allow you to conduct original and rigorous research on media, culture, and creative cities
- exposure, connections, and career prospects in related fields
- the ability to analyse, and contribute to, related policy discussions in order to have an impact upon government, industry, and civil society
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).
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 will work in groups under the guidance of a manager from the Community Partner, as well as a designated academic supervisor from the Department. Assessment of the capstone project will be based on progress report, oral presentation and a final written report. The final written report shall be submitted not later than July 31 of the final academic year of study.
6. Am I eligible for this Programme?
- You should hold a Bachelor’s degree (or another qualification of equivalent standard) preferably with a major in the social sciences or humanities discipline, or preferably have work experience in the media, cultural or creative industries.
- If you do not hold a Bachelor’s degree but possess relevant work experience in media, cultural or creative fields, you may also be considered in exceptional cases, and may be required to sit a qualifying examination.
- You may need to satisfy visa restrictions (for non-local applicants) and English language requirements.
7. When is the deadline for application?
Closing date of applications –
Part Time: Main round: 12:00nn (HKT), December 31, 2018; Clearing round: 12:00nn (HKT), April 1, 2019.
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/. 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.
12. How many students are admitted each year?
30-40 students would be admitted.
13. How much is the tuition fee?
For study commencing in academic year 2018/19, the programme tuition fee is HK$105,000 (subject to University approval), with payments split into four instalments over 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
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Dr. Travis SK Kong
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