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.
Mode of attendance
- Full Time (usually one year, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)
- Part Time (usually two years, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)
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.
For study commencing in academic year 2020/21, the programme tuition fee is HK$130,000. Payments are split into two instalments over one year (full-time study), or four instalments over two years (part-time study).
HKU undergraduate students of the 2020 graduating class can apply for the UG Class of 2020 scholarship of a value equivalent to 50% of the programme tuition fees.
Dr Travis SK Kong
Tel: +852 3917 2055
Fax: +852 2559 8044
Miss Connie HY Ko
Tel: +852 3917 2309
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
This programme has given me more perspectives for reflecting on the creative industries I work in, and the skills to apply abstract reflection to concrete situations.— Vien T, 2nd year Media, Culture & Creative Cities
SOCI7005 (1st semester)
Theories of media, culture and creative cities
SOCI7006 (2nd semester)
Research methods in media, culture and creative cities
SOCI7007 (1st semester)
Globalization and cultural mosaic: An Asian perspective
SOCI7008 (2nd semester)
Critical issues of media, culture and creative cities
SOCI8011 (1st semester)
Media and crime
SOCI8023 (2nd semester)
Media and popular culture in Asian cities
SOCI8024 (2nd semester)
Digital media, moralities and culture
SOCI8025 (Unavailable this year)
Consumer cultures and everyday life
SOCI8026 (1st semester)
Self-identity and late-modern society
SOCI8027 (Unavailable this year)
Body, intimacy and sexuality
SOCI8028 (1st semester)
Cultural policies and global cities
SOCI8029 (1st semester)
Creative industries and creative cities
SOCI8031 (2nd semester)
Special topics in media, culture and creative cities - Theory and practice in action : Applying new ways of seeing
Final year (compulsory)
You are typically required to complete 10 courses in total to fulfill the programme requirements:
Full-time study: Four compulsory courses, four elective courses and the capstone project (equivalent to two courses).
- Year 1: Four compulsory courses
- Year 2: Four elective courses and the capstone project (equivalent to two courses).
Courses offered vary each year based on availability of teachers and student demand. Please see the MSocSc regulations and syllabus for definitive course options and requirements.
- Information talk: 20 January 2020, 7pm (Video highlights is now available)
- Applications period: normally November to March each year
- Programme commencement date: early September following close of application period
Closing date for applications:
- Main round: 12:00nn (HKT), 31 January 2020
- Clearing round: 12:00nn (HKT), 14 April 2020