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At HKUST, we offer the largest interdisciplinary university-level program in humanities and social science in Mainland China and Greater China and the only one to have an explicit, program-wide, comparative focus as exemplified by our innovative Global China Studies degrees.

Like every university of excellence, we are dedicated to research and teaching. What sets us apart from our peers is our explicit focus on global, especially North American and Chinese, best practice in teaching, graduate training and placement, and our own research.

Strategic partnerships with many of the best North American and Chinese universities - the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Los Angeles, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Sichuan University, University of Southern California, Sun Yat-sen University, the University of Virginia, the University of Warwick, and Waseda University - provide ample opportunities for international faculty and student research and collaboration, for faculty and student exchange, for joint student training, and for eventual dual degree programs in specific fields. Such alliances, along with our high ranking by the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, attest to our standing both as a university of the world and as a world university.

With 42,000 Google Scholar citations, we are particularly proud of the academic impact of our faculty and student research given our small faculty size, our relative youth, and our emphasis on empirical research.

We are also proud of our pedagogical impact on Hong Kong and beyond including the contributions of the Center for Language Education, a soon-to-be-established Center for Creative Arts Education, as well as the contribution made to the HKUST UG Common Core Education, the development and application of online and blended active learning with the creation of an online advanced-UG / beginning-PG Global China Studies curriculum, and the launch in 2017 of the first UG degree program in Hong Kong in Quantitative Social Analysis.

Through this page, you can learn more about School’s research outlook and the exciting postgraduate programs we provide.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in a social science discipline, and the ability to demonstrate promising research potential through a substantive research proposal. Coursework and the completion of a thesis are required.

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In Social Science, research focuses primarily on the evolving economy, polity and society of Mainland China. Specific topics encompass economic reforms and development, social stratification and mobility, contentious politics, foreign policy and relations, historical demography and migration, environmental policy, emotions and the Chinese personality, as well as broad issues pertaining to gender, culture and the role of innovation and technology in society.




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