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Media, Culture & Creative Cities

Master of Social Sciences in Media, Culture & Creative Cities

Our Master of Social Sciences programme in Media, Culture & Creative Cities [MSocSc(MCCC)] provides an innovative sociologically-grounded approach to understanding the central role of media, culture and creativity in a world city context. Our programme provides academic and professional training for students and practitioners in the fields of media, culture and creative industries, and a foundation for advanced research degree studies in these areas.

Our programme is particularly ideal if you:

●  Intend to start, or already have, a career in media and culture related fields

●  Work in business, government and other non-cultural fields but want to increase your conceptual understanding of, and skills in, media and cultural studies

●  Are a graduate from related disciplines of sociology, anthropology, journalism, urban studies, or media and cultural studies wishing to pursue further research

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

The centrepiece of this programme is the capstone project, where you will conduct a unique research project in close collaboration with a leading company or organisation in the field of media, culture, and creative cities. This allows you to apply your learning through the programme to a real-life situation, in addition to gaining valuable practical experience and connections.

Further information on this programme is available from our programme website and Facebook page.

Mode of attendance

Part-time (usually two years, with classes on evenings)

Medium of instruction


Programme entrance requirements

  • 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.

Tuition fee

For study commencing in academic year 2019/20, the programme tuition fee is HK$110,000, with payments split into four instalments over two years.

Programme admissions advisor

Dr Travis SK Kong, Programme Director

Tel: 3917 2055
Fax: 2559 8044
Email: travisk@hku.hk


Miss Connie HY Ko

Tel: 3917 2309
Fax: 2559 8044
Email: socimccc@hku.hk
Website: https://sociology.hku.hk/programmes/taught-postgraduate/media-culture-creative-cities/


Student experiences

This program provided me with a comprehensive foundation on explicating insights from theoretical debates, which I could apply to my learning.

— LT Tsang, 2nd year Media, Culture & Creative Cities

This programme has a diverse and helpful faculty. Love all the interesting speakers who come to give talks. Great for networking too!

— Nora Wang, 1st year Media, Culture & Creative Cities


Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Final year (compulsory)

You are typically required to complete 10 courses in total to fulfill the programme requirements:

  • Year 1: Four compulsory courses
  • Year 2: Four elective courses and the capstone project (equivalent to two courses).

Requirements and courses offered vary each year. Current students should view the MSocSc regulations for definitive requirements.

Important dates

Application Deadline

Part Time

Main Round: 12:00nn (HKT), January 31, 2020

Clearing Round: 12:00nn (HKT), March 31, 2020


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