Master of Arts in Japanese Media and Communication

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 72017

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

JMF (Full-time)
JM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
5 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,200 per credit for local students
HK$4,500 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Kazuhiro Teruya
PhD, MA, Dip.Ed, BA

  • This programme is offered on both full- and part-time bases to give students maximum flexibility to engage in full- or part-time study loads. Under normal circumstances, full- and part-time students are able to complete the programme within 1.5 years and 2.5 years respectively.
  • Applicants are required to choose either full- or part-time study on application for admission to the programme. Students who study full-time are required to take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
  • This programme is offered within the Master of Arts Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation.


Notes to Applicants

  • Applications can be made to our postgraduate programmes without the help of agencies. Applicants are required to apply online via the Study@PolyU website:
  • Please note that all fields in the application forms should be completed. We will not consider applications that do not provide details of academic qualifications.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide students with:

  • academic and professional knowledge and academic literacy through a range of genres that are specific to the programme’s focus areas;
  • theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and styles of argument that can be used to ask questions, integrate evidence and address problems related to the areas of focus;
  • opportunities to further develop advanced Japanese language proficiency in all four modalities—speaking, listening, reading and writing, attaining professional levels of advanced mastery that give them the potential to further and expand their careers, through explicit linkages between the more congruent forms of expression that characterise oral language and the more metaphorical forms of expression in public fora, oral and written;
  • research skills by which they can generate, evaluate, interpret, and deploy data to conduct an independent project that is appliable in academic and professional contexts, empowering them as autonomous and life-long learners of Japanese.



This programme is genre-oriented, whereby each focus area of culture, media and communication highlights the genres that are most appropriate and critically important in that particular context. In this way, the programme establishes the link between content knowledge and advanced language ability so that students can move between theoretical models and real world outcomes in a variety of academic, professional and institutional settings. Graduates thus can function in those environments in light of the education and training they gain from the programme.


Intended Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of MAJMC are to empower students with the following abilities.

Professional Competence

  • develop the kinds of academic literacy abilities that are crucial for summarising, interpreting, critiquing, presenting and substantiating opinions or arguments in professional contexts in which the Japanese language is used by means of information retrieval in the media and information sharing through communication;
  • articulate understanding of contemporary developments and debates within the broad context of media and communication in Japanese.


Strategic Thinking

  • apply language-based theory and methodological approaches to obtain an informed understanding of the ways in which meanings are created, manipulated and disseminated by printed media and digital media in Japanese.


Lifelong Learning Capability

  • conduct independent research by establishing a research question of their own and make projections for future research on a topic in the relevant area study.

Recognition & Prospects

The graduates are expected to possess the kinds of advanced Japanese language capacities that are crucial in information retrieval in the media and sharing information in professional communication.


Programme Structure

Students are required to take a total of 33 credits:

  • 5 Compulsory Subjects (15 credits);
  • 2 Elective Subjects (6 credits); and
  • either (i) MAJMC Dissertation (9 credits), and Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies (3 credits) OR Research Design and Methods (3 credits); OR (ii) 4 Elective Subjects (12 credits)


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Japanese Contemporary Culture and the Media
  • Japanese in the Academy, the Professions and Institutions
  • Multimodality in Contemporary Meaning-making*
  • Text in Context toward Academic Use**
  • The Culture of Memory: A Critical Narrative History of Japan*


* All students must take these two subjects before taking other subjects or simultaneously in the first semester of their study in the programme.

** Students who meet the language proficiency requirements may be granted, subject to approval, credit transfer for this Compulsory Subject. Students without credit transfer must complete the subject before taking Japanese Elective Subjects (subject to their pre-requisite).


Elective Subjects

Japanese Elective

  • Action through Text in Japanese, Chinese and English
  • Contemporary Readings in Culture of Japan: From Graphic Novels to Comic Strips
  • Contrasting Japanese, Chinese and English Discourse
  • Genre in the Business World: Analysis, Report, Recommendation
  • Introduction to Theories of Translation
  • Japanese for Academic Purposes
  • Japanese History and Society Portrayed in Japanese Film
  • Social Media and Technology in Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • Teaching Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language
  • The Media in Japan: Tendencies, Trajectories and Tensions


Supervised Project & Related Subjects

  • MAJMC Dissertation#
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies

# Students should take either "Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies" or "Research Design and Methods" before taking the "MAJMC Dissertation".


Non-Japanese Elective (at most 6 credits)

Students could take all Electives from the Japanese Elective list. Alternatively, they could take some Japanese Electives plus at most one CBS non-Japanese Elective and at most one ENGL Elective.


[Subjects offered by CBS]

  • Advanced Translation for Media
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpreting: Consecutive
  • Interpreting: Principles
  • Language in Society
  • Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning
  • Statistical Methods in Language Research
  • Translation: Text and Context


Brief information on the subjects offered can be obtained at


[Subjects offered by ENGL]

  • Communication
  • Critical Language and Cultural Studies
  • Intercultural Communication in Business
  • Multimodality and Semiotics Studies
  • Syllabus Planning and Materials Design
  • Testing and Assessment


Brief information on the subjects offered can be obtained at


(The above subject list is subject to revision.)

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution;
  • Pass in the Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test devised by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, or the equivalent.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Medium of instruction:
The medium of instruction is Japanese (supplemented by English).


For further information on academic matters, please contact: 
Programme Leader, Dr Kazuhiro Teruya (tel: (852) 2766 7446; email:


For general information, please contact: 
Mr Tony Ng (tel: (852) 2766 7460; email:

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Employer's Recommendation


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate



Japanese Language Proficiency Test Certificate

Info Seminar

No information is available at present.