Master of Arts in Chinese (Chinese Language and Literature/ Chinese for Professional Purposes/ Chinese for Educational Purposes)
中文(中國語言及文學 / 專業中文 / 教學中文)文學碩士

The following information is applicable to students admitted in 2012/13 and 2013/14

Programme Features

Integrating academic and professional training, the programme offers three streams: (i) Chinese Language and Literature, (ii) Chinese for Professional Purposes, and (iii) Chinese for Educational Purposes, in one of which students can specialise. Providing over thirty core courses and electives, the programme is ranked number one in terms of the coverage of academic disciplines and the number of courses among MA programmes in Chinese offered by tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. It is noted that some of the courses are unique to CityU.

With a highly flexible programme design and incorporating the concept of ‘Minor’, students of a particular stream can select one to three Stream Core Courses from other streams as Programme Electives according to their interests and professional needs.

The core courses of the Chinese Language and Literature stream are taught in Cantonese and Putonghua, two separate clusters. They cover five areas: Classical Chinese Literature, Chinese Ancient Classics, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, History of Chinese Literary Criticism, and Classical Chinese Philology. 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 Chinese Language and Literature stream 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.

Suitable for professionals and executives, the core courses of the Chinese for Professional Purposes stream include Chinese Practical Writing in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Advanced Topics in Chinese for Professional Purposes, and three other courses out of ten in the following five areas: Chinese for Government and Public Administration, Business Chinese, Chinese for the Media, Chinese for Law, and Chinese Creative Writing. All core courses of this stream will be delivered in Cantonese.

The core courses of the Chinese for Educational Purposes stream include Chinese Linguistic Structures, Selected Readings in Chinese Language and Literature, Topics in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Teaching Chinese in Putonghua: Theory and Methodology, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Theory and Methodology, and Contrastive Studies of Cantonese and Putonghua. This stream is suitable for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching Chinese in Putonghua. All core courses of this stream will be delivered in Putonghua.

Classes will be held on weekday daytime/evenings. If possible, one or two courses may be offered in Summer Term. In addition to lectures and tutorials, workshops and seminars will be offered. Academics and experts in different professions will be invited to deliver talks on special topics or to be visiting lecturers.

Programme Structure

Award Title Master of Arts in Chinese (Chinese Language and Literature/ Chinese for Professional Purposes/ Chinese for Educational Purposes)
中文(中國語言及文學 / 專業中文 / 教學中文)文學碩士
Intermediate Award Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese (Chinese Language and Literature/ Chinese for Professional Purposes/ Chinese for Educational Purposes);
Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese
中文(中國語言及文學/ 專業中文/ 教學中文)深造文憑;
中文深造證書
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)
Medium of Instruction Chinese (Cantonese/ Putonghua)
Tuition Fee Click here for details
    Tel Email
Programme Leader 馬家輝博士 3442-2475 cima@cityu.edu.hk
Associate Programme Leader 范家偉博士 3442-2472 cikwfan@cityu.edu.hk
Subject Leaders Dr WU Gabriel
(Chinese Language and Literature)
3442-5599 yeowcgwu@cityu.edu.hk
  Dr. MA Ka Fai
(Chinese for Professional Purposes)
3442-2475 cima@cityu.edu.hk
  Dr. LAM Hok Chung
(Chinese for Educational Purposes)
3442-2473 cihclam@cityu.edu.hk
Master’s Project  Coordinator Dr. LAM Hok Chung 3442-2473 cihclam@cityu.edu.hk

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 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 experiences.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is Cantonese and/or Putonghua. Applicant’s proficiency in both Cantonese and Putonghua would be an advantage. (There are no Putonghua training courses in the programme.)

Since all core courses of the Chinese for Educational Purposes stream will be delivered in Putonghua, applicants of this stream should possess a satisfactory Putonghua proficiency level to enable them to cope with the study.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Stream (i): Chinese Language and Literature

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

  1. explore extensively and analyze critically topics of interest in the field of Chinese language, literature and classics;
  2. 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;
  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. engage in further academic research related to Chinese language and literature, and to demonstrate initiative, discovery, intellectual achievement, depth and advanced research skills.

Stream (ii): Chinese for Professional Purposes

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

  1. analyze critically the nature of the Chinese language and its use for professional purposes in Hong Kong and in the Mainland;
  2. demonstrate their analytical and intellectual competence in Chinese for professional purposes through a critical comparison and contrast of its use in Hong Kong and in the Mainland;
  3. write professionally, critically and creatively in Chinese for professional purposes and function more effectively in one or more of the following 5 selected areas: Business Chinese, Chinese Creative Writing, Chinese for Government and Public Administration, Chinese for Law, and Chinese for the Media; and
  4. interact with practicing professionals and experts in different professions, and generate new ideas on issues related to Chinese for professional purposes.

Stream (iii): Chinese for Educational Purposes

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

  1. acquire in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and literature by using a learning discovery approach;
  2. use Putonghua for teaching Chinese subjects effectively;
  3. apply the knowledge of Chinese language and literature, and generate new ideas in various educational tasks; and
  4. engage in further academic research related to Chinese teaching and applied Chinese language 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

Application Procedures

Click here for details (Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies)


Notices and Forms

(Available in the Chinese version only. Click here for details.)


Enquiry: cah@cityu.edu.hk


Last updated: 14 November 2016