Master of Arts in Chinese 文學碩士(中文)


The following information is applicable to students admitted in 2022/23.


Programme Structure

Programme Features

Meeting the needs of students

  • The programme offers two streams: (1) Chinese Language and Literature, (2) Chinese History and Cultural Heritage, in one of which students can specialise according to their interests and professional needs.
  • The Chinese Language and Literature stream is suitable for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching Chinese language in primary and secondary schools or other culture-related fields.
  • The newly offered Chinese History and Cultural Heritage stream meets the needs of Chinese history teachers since Chinese History was made an independent compulsory subject for the junior secondary level in Hong Kong from the 2018/19 school year. In addition, with the promulgation of the ‘Culture and Tourism Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’ in 2021, this stream is offered in response to the urgent demand for history and cultural professionals in the Greater Bay Area, in which three world cultural and natural heritage sites as well as hundreds of cultural institutions and museums are located.

Integrating academic and professional training

  • The core courses and electives of the Chinese Language and Literature stream cover the areas of classical Chinese literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese literary criticism, Hong Kong literature and culture, creative writing, gender perspectives on Chinese literature, Chinese literature and religion/fine arts, etc. The well-balanced course design enables students to engage in academic research and teaching, as well as applying the knowledge in different walks of life.
  • The core courses and electives of the Chinese History and Cultural Heritage stream cover a wide range of topics, including history and historical sources, cultural heritage theories and practices, archaeology and civilisation of early China, Chinese cultural history, cultural history of medicine in China, history of China’s foreign relations, museum studies in China, cultural and creative industries, Chinese architecture and gardens, Hong Kong’s urban landscape and heritage preservation. The course design of this stream meets students’ personal interests and research/professional needs.

Highly flexible programme design

  • In addition to the core courses of the two streams, the programme provides a total of 30 electives, covering the areas of Chinese language and literature, Chinese history and cultural heritage.
  • With a highly flexible programme design and incorporating the concept of ‘Minor’, students of a particular stream can select one to three electives from another stream according to their interests and professional needs.
  • Classes will be held on weekday daytime/evenings or Saturday afternoons. If possible, one or two courses may be offered in Summer Term.


Award Title Master of Arts in Chinese
Intermediate Award Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese; Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese
Mode of Funding Non-government funded
Programme Code P34
Indicative Intake Target 150
Minimum No. of Credits Required Master of Arts (30 credits)
  Postgraduate Diploma (24 credits)
  Postgraduate Certificate (12 credits)
Mode of Study Combined mode
Normal Study Period 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time / combined mode)
Maximum Study Period 2.5 years (full-time) / 5 years (part-time / combined mode)
Tuition Fee Click here for details
    Tel Email
Programme Leader Prof. MA, Ka Fai 3442-2475
Associate Programme Leader Dr. LAM, Hok Chung 3442-2473
Subject Leaders Prof. MA, Ka Fai
(Chinese Language and Literature)
  Dr. LAM, Hok Chung
(Chinese History and Cultural Heritage)
Master’s Dissertation Coordinator Dr. LAM Hok Chung 3442-2473


Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree (in any disciplines) from a tertiary institution recognized for this purpose by the University, or have obtained an equivalent qualification. In addition to the University Entrance Requirements, applicants are expected to meet the following specific Chinese language requirement:

  1. have satisfactorily completed at least one tertiary level Chinese course of 30-hour or more which includes substantial written Chinese elements; or
  2. have obtained a grade D or above in HKALE AS-level Chinese Language and Culture, or Level 4 or above in HKDSE Chinese Language, or equivalent; or
  3. Applicants who cannot produce documentary evidence of (1) or (2) will be required to take an admission test in Chinese language writing and reading and attain a standard comparable to that set for (2). They must pass this admission test to satisfy the above specific requirement.

Note: Priority will be given to those with relevant qualifications / work experience.


Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Putonghua.


Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Stream 1: Chinese Language and Literature

Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the latest trends and approaches in the study of Chinese language and literature, including critical analysis and evaluation of leading scholars’ commentaries;
  2. explore extensively and analyze critically topics of interest in the field of Chinese language, literature and classics;
  3. evaluate Chinese language use and Chinese literature critically and creatively from different perspectives;
  4. apply the knowledge of Chinese language and literature as well as aesthetical, analytical, communicative abilities, and generate new ideas in different walks of life; and
  5. generate academic research findings related to Chinese language and literature, and to demonstrate initiative, discovery, intellectual achievement, depth and advanced research skills.

Stream 2: Chinese History and Cultural Heritage

Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Chinese history and cultural heritage by using a learning discovery approach;
  2. analyze critically the characteristics of Chinese history and cultural heritage, compare and contrast its use for professional purposes in Hong Kong and in the Mainland, especially the Greater Bay Area;
  3. write professionally, critically and creatively in Chinese for professional purposes and function more effectively in the following areas: Chinese arts; museum studies; regional studies; and historical studies;
  4. apply the knowledge of Chinese history and cultural heritage, and generate new ideas in various educational and professional tasks; and
  5. generate academic research findings related to Chinese history and cultural heritage studies.


Programme Accreditation

The Chinese Language and Literature stream of this programme has been approved by the Education Bureau (EDB) as a recognised Chinese language major degree and students who meet the government’s requirements can apply to the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) for the Professional Development Incentive Grant Scheme for Language Teachers.

Professional Development Incentive Grant Scheme for Language Teachers (SCOLAR)
Chinese Version / English Version



  • For details of Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes) (2022/23) launched by the Education Bureau, please click here
  • For details of Sihe Feng Chinese Cultural Studies Awards, please click here


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