Programme Details

Programme Structure

Modes of studyMaximum length of study
Full-time: 1 year2.5 years with approval
Part-time: 2 years5 years with approval

Medium of instruction:

Programme Objectives

  • Impart advanced knowledge of Chinese for academic and professional developments;
  • Teach research skills for the discipline of Chinese, including research design, bibliographical sources and ethics;
  • Develop in students the ability to critically evaluate information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources at the forefront of the field; and
  • Elevate students’ ability to apply advanced knowledge of Chinese to address modern issues.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize and utilise the different areas of studies in language, literature, and culture in the field of Chinese, as well as Sinology in general;
  • Autonomously apply research skills such as textual analysis, as well as evaluation and consolidation of textual sources;
  • Critically evaluate information, concepts, and evidence at the forefront of the field, such as Sinology, western theories, and excavated texts; and
  • Apply advanced knowledge of Chinese to various modern issues, such as the modern practice of traditional culture, the globalisation of Chinese studies, and the value of the humanities in society.

Graduation Requirements

  1. complete and obtain a grade D or above in at least 24 credits (8 modules), including 4 core modules and 4 elective modules; and
  2. obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Qualifications Framework (QF) Recognition

(1) Title of Qualification: Master of Arts in Chinese
(2) QR Registration No.: 22/000165/L6
(3) Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2022 To 31/08/2025
(4) QF level: 6

Core Modules

This module introduces the relation of ritual studies to traditional and modern Chinese culture through texts, system, and thoughts of ritual studies. It introduces the formation of the ritual canons in ancient China, analyses their organization, transmission, and classification, with the support of the forefront research output and excavated texts. Ultimately, it analyses the cultural phenomena and meanings of ritual studies from the perspectives of state system, social order, and everyday life, examining the values and meanings of ancient ritual concepts in modern society and life.

This module examines the core ethical values promoted in ancient Chinese classics and their relations to Chinese culture. Through examining the wisdom and the inspirations of the wise in the ancient past, students would understand the key elements of ethics. Students would master the traditional value of business ethics through objective discussions, cultivating themselves and bringing forth the meaning of professional ethics. They would be able to read more ancient texts and examine in depth the positive relation between business ethics and traditional ethics.

This module introduces the origin, development, and the current situation of Sinology, using case studies to analyse the research methods of Sinologists, from interpreting and translating, to analysing and researching, so as to review the transmission, development, and effects of Sinological studies, as well as their contributions to the field of Chinese studies.

This module introduces the essential Western literary and cultural theories and their applications, so that students understand the different research methods and perspectives of literary studies. This module examines the application of western theories in the 20th century Chinese literary studies through reading the major scholarship, so as to guide students in using the proper theories to analyze Chinese literary works.

Elective Modules

This module elaborates on the value of academic resources available for pre-Qin China, with special emphasis on excavated texts, including oracle-bone inscriptions, bronze inscriptions, as well as bamboo and silk manuscripts. This module adopts the format of special topics, helping students understand the varied forms of pre-Qin academic resources and the network of Chinese academic development, while also guiding them in learning the research methods of excavated texts, so as to lay their foundation for doing research, which is beneficial for broadening their academic horizon.

This module explains the essential concepts concerning textual scholarship and sources, including definition, form, classification, and transmission. It builds on the traditional philological study, teaching the relevant areas of knowledge including bibliography, edition, collation, authentication, and the collection of scattered writings. The module introduces both excavated texts and the different editions available overseas, letting students sort out the trend of development concerning the study of textual scholarship and sources. Through study of special topics, students would be able to understand the research methods in the area and apply them to the study and collation of ancient texts, so as to lay the foundation for advanced study.   

This module introduces the origins and features of certain rhymed prose, its style, prosody, and topics, as well as its research materials and methods. Through selective reading of the ancient classics, students can assess the major ideas of the works, the contents and style, writing skills, and artistic features, while also examining the later interpretations, commentaries, and effects of the works, so that their research ability of ancient rhymed prose would be heightened and their literary horizon would be broadened. The selected topics might be changed based on class arrangement, such as being changed to poems and lyrics, rhapsodies, and plays.

This module studies selected works of classical Chinese fiction, letting students consolidate and elaborate  the trends of development, the different ideas and thoughts, and the artistic features of classical Chinese fiction. Through class discussions and exercises, students would assess and analyze the fiction from different perspectives, such as the psychology of creation and narratology, so as to inspect the social environment, business development, business ethics, and cultural landscapes therein.

This module addresses the language environment of Hong Kong, dissecting the special features of modern Chinese grammar in comparison to Cantonese and English, inspecting the formation of Western-style and Hong Kong-style writing of Chinese, while also examining the differentiation between grammatical errors and rhetoric, so as to raise the students’ ability in appreciating Chinese language.

This module sorts out the development trend, the literary thoughts, and the genre of the modern and contemporary Chinese literature. It adopts the form of special topics to guide students in appraising the value of arts and literary history concerning the major texts, authors, and schools of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, while also discriminating and applying the related forefront information and theory in the study.

Scheduling of Modules

 Semester 1Semester 2
Core ModulesCHI6001 Ritual Studies and Chinese Culture CHI6002 Ethics and Culture in Ancient Chinese Classics
CHI6003 Essentials of SinologyCHI6004 Contemporary Literary Theory and Chinese Literature
Elective ModulesCHI6101 Special Topics in Academic Resources for Pre-Qin ChinaCHI6103 Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
CHI6102 Survey of Chinese Textual Scholarship and SourcesCHI6104 Culture, Business and Society in Classical Chinese Fiction
CHI6105 Special Topics in Modern ChineseCHI6106 Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature