Master of Science in China Business Studies
Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: 02006
Duration & Credit Requirement
HK$227,400 per programme for local students
HK$277,800 per programme for non-local students
For students who demonstrate Chinese language proficiency and are exempt from 6 credits of Chinese language subjects, the tuition fees are HK$198,000 (local) and HK$248,400 (non-local).
Merit-based tuition fee waiver scholarships are available.
Dr Yang Lei
BA, MA, PhD
Deputy Programme Director
Dr Wing Lam
BBA, MA, PhD
We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.
For the latest interview schedule, please refer to the MSc CBS website.
An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and would reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and upload all necessary documents.
Aims & Characteristics
With relevant theories and up-to-date practical applications, the programme aims to equip students with systematic knowledge of business practices and the ability to analyse changes in government policies and regulations that affect business operations in China.
On completion of the Programme, students will be able to strengthen their knowledge, skills and intellectual abilities as defined in the broad learning outcomes which are underpinned by the specific learning objectives below:
- Chinese Business Environment
Learning Objective: Evaluate developments in the Chinese business environment, and their impact on both domestic and foreign business organisations.
- Business Ethics in China
Learning Objective: Identify and analyse ethical issues related to doing business in China.
- Cultural Impact on China Business
Learning Objective: Evaluate and be able to communicate the impact of culture on business and management practice, with particular emphasis on Sino-foreign business activities.
- Chinese Language
Learning Objective: Demonstrate a basic understanding of Chinese language.
The programme is offered by the Faculty of Business and supported by the Faculty of Humanities at PolyU. It covers Chinese economic, social, legal, cultural, political, management, accounting and financial aspects.
The broadened curriculum includes Chinese language for international students and Chinese culture and cross-cultural management for all students.
The China Immersion Experience involves summer internships+ or a study tour+ in the country.
Students may conduct individual research projects with supervision from an international faculty.
+ Subject content, delivery and availability are subject to continuous review and change.
Recognition & Prospects
China's growth and integration into the world economy create opportunities for international business but foreign enterprises face the challenge of adjusting their way of doing business in China.
To thrive in Chinese business, understanding the market environment and the country’s policymaking is crucial, in addition to Chinese language and culture.
This programme is designed to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Chinese Business.
Programme Structure (Subject to review and approval)
The programme is designed with a structured progression pattern, and students are highly encouraged to follow the pattern to benefit from cohort-based study and to graduate in one year. However, being credit-based, the programme allows students the flexibility to proceed at their own pace, while not exceeding the prescribed maximum study period.
The following is a range of subjects for selection.
Business and Culture (7 subjects for 24 credits)
Language (2 subjects for 6 credits)
- China Immersion Experience@
- Chinese I (for Non-Chinese speaking students)*
- Chinese II (for Non-Chinese speaking students)*
- Chinese Economy & Business Strategies
- Cross-cultural Management
- Essentials of Chinese Culture
- Foreign Trade & Investment in China
- Managerial Economics with an Application to China Business
- The Legal System & Economic Law in China#
(4 subjects chosen from the following for 12 credits)
- Chinese III (for Non-Chinese speaking students)
- Chinese Customs & Etiquette
- Chinese Society & Culture Through Film
- Encounters Between China & the West
- Human Resource Management in China
- Key Issues in China Business
- Marketing in China
- Political Economy of Policy Making in China
- Research Methods & Market Research in China
- Research Project in China Business Studies
- Taxation Management in Hong Kong & China
- Theory & Practice of Accounting in China
- Total Quality Management
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at the MSc CBS website.
@ The structure and content of the "China Immersion Experience" are subject to continuous review and change.
* Students who demonstrate proficiency in the Chinese language can fulfil the subject requirements through credit transfer.
#This subject has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.
^ Students are required to undertake at least 3 credits (1 subject) but not more than 6 credits (2 subjects) of Electives concerning Chinese language, Chinese culture or literature.
(i) Programme structure, course names and content are subject to continuous review and change.
(ii) Not all subjects will be offered in a given year, subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on.
- A Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualifications in relevant fields of business;
- Preference will be given to applicants with some work experience.
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 Taught Postgraduate Programmes for details.
For other information, please contact:
Research and Postgraduate Studies Section, Faculty of Business
Tel: (852) 3400 2583 or (852) 2766 7142
For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Yang Lei, Programme Director
Tel: (852) 3400 3457
Dr Wing Lam, Deputy Programme Director
Tel: (852) 2766 4541
No information is available at present.