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MA in Chinese Literature, Language and Culture is a graduate programme for part-time and full-time students.

The programme aims to cultivate in students a deeper knowledge of Chinese culture and broaden their vision with new perspectives to prepare them in meeting the challenges of the changing society. It enhances students’ Chinese language skills and cultural literacy, which are particularly essential for professions such as education, media and cultural management.

Students are required to take 27 units of course work including the Project Report of 3 units. All requirements are normally completed in two years (part-time) or one year (full-time).

Part-time students are expected to take most of the courses in the evenings (6:30 - 9:20 p.m.) while full-time students may also take some courses during the daytime (8:30 a.m. - 6:20 p.m.). Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 for graduation. Those who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.40 and 3.67 will graduate with "Merit" and "Distinction" respectively.

Requirements of the programme are as follows:
Required Courses 9 units
Research Method & Seminar 6 units
Project Report 3 units
Electives 18 units

The courses are classified into three areas, namely: (1) Literature, (2) Language and (3) Culture. Students are required to take at least ONE elective course in each area and choose ONE area as a concentration. They are required to take ONE MORE elective course in the concentrated area, in which they write their Project Report in the final semester. The total number of elective courses required for graduation is 6. It must be noted that only a certain number of courses would be offered in a year. 

To provide MA students with greater flexibility, some of the 4000-level BA CHI courses are being double-listed as 7000-level courses so that students can select these courses to fulfill the programme requirements. MA students taking these courses are required to submit a substantially written essay in lieu of participating in the final examination designed for undergraduate students.

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese (either in Putonghua or Cantonese). It will be clearly indicated in the registration period.

Four scholarships of HK$42,000 each are awarded annually to students with outstanding academic performance (whose cumulative GPAs are no less than 3.67). The amount of a scholarship is pegged at half of the total programme tuition fee and would be adjusted accordingly.

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Li Peilin

I learnt that we write for the world and study for the betterment of people’s lives.

Li Peilin (2018), Master of Arts in Chinese Literature, Language & Culture

“In the Department of Chinese, I was immersed in the pursuit of truth and engaged in the refinement of knowledge in the company of my professors and fellow students. I learnt that we write for the world and study for the betterment of people’s lives. I will embark on a lifelong journey of learning, and what I have learnt from the Department will always ring in my ears.”