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Program Structure

The IMCSP is full-time one-year taught masters program. Students graduate upon the completion of 30 credits, including five core and three experiential courses.

You will focus your study and independent research on understanding the rapid social, economic and political changes in the context of globalization and examine the major global policy responses and dilemmas in managing these rapid changes with focus on one or more of four key areas: (1) ageing, families and social policy; (2) education and youth transitions; (3) health, well-being and social care; (4) welfare regimes and governance.

Programme Structure

Autumn term

Spring/Summer term

Social Policy Analysis: Comparative Perspectives (3)

Comparative Social Policy in Greater China and East Asia (3)

Comparative Social Policy Research Methods (3)

Understanding Social Indicators and Social Policies (3)

Asia Pacific Comparative Development and Policy Symposium (3)

Globalization and Social Policy (3)

Dialogue with Policy Practitioners: Theory and Practice (3)

Regional Policy Study and Visit in Greater China and East Asia (3)

Comparative Social Policy Research Project (6)


Total credits: 30

Note1: Experiential courses in Italics.
Note2: Number of credits in brackets.


The Asia Pacific Comparative Development and Policy Symposium is organized in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership and the East-West Center in the United States (amongst others) to engage IMCSP students to actively participate in an international conference setting. In Dialogue with Policy Practitioners: Theory and Practice, students will be engaged in field observations and field visits to related government offices, political parties, research and policy institutes, NGOs and other economic and social organizations, including the Central Policy Unit Hong Kong, the Committee of Professional Development of Teachers and Principals, Hospital Authority, Elderly Commission, and Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Special lectures and class discussions, professional visits and cultural tours will be organized for IMCSP students in collaboration with social policy departments in leading universities in Taiwan, Mainland China, Macau and East Asia as part of the Regional Policy Study and Visit in Greater China and East Asia. Students will also conduct an Independent Comparative Social Policy Research Project resulting in a 10,000-word report under the guidance of their own individual supervisor.