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

  • 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.

Tuition fee

For study commencing in academic year 2021/22, the programme tuition fee is HK$143,000. Payments are split into two instalments over one year (full-time study), or four instalments over two years (part-time study).

Programme director

Dr Travis SK Kong

Tel: +852 3917 2055
Fax: +852 2559 8044

General enquiries

Miss Connie HY Ko

Tel: +852 3917 2309

Student experiences

The research methods module probably had the greatest impact… having an academic perspective and training on different methods was really useful.

— Jay, Alumnus of 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, 2nd 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:

Full-time study: Four compulsory courses, four elective courses and the capstone project (equivalent to two courses).

Part-time study:

  • 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.

Important dates

  • 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


Click here for online application

Closing date for applications:

Full Time

Main Round: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 1, 2021

Clearing Round: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 31, 2021

Part Time

Main Round: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 1, 2021

Clearing Round: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 31, 2021

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