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Why do you study the MCS programme in Hong Kong?

As a city famous for its international and regional perspectives, Hong Kong serves as a window to the world and a hub for translocal dialogues.


We offer something different, as the MCS programme…

  1. Deals with two broad themes – ‘The Popular as Critical Culture’ and ‘Pedagogy and Creativity’ to help students reflect on and devise alternative ways to approach current practices.
  2. Connects global and local issues from the perspectives of cultural studies to nurture global citizens who value cultural diversity.
  3. Adopts an interdisciplinary and cooperative learning approach.


  1. 就兩大範疇主題—— 「普及文化的批判面向」及「教學與創意」,引領學生反思現行的文化創意實踐及尋找另類可能性。
  2. 連結全球和本地文化研究課題,培育具有國際視野的世界公民。
  3. 採用跨學科及合作學習模式。


Our students get something different from the MCS programme…

  1. Equip themselves with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge essential to their area of interest or work.
  2. Learn to develop critical perspectives for understanding aspects of everyday life and contemporary cultural phenomena.
  3. Network and share ideas with fellow students and alumni from mixed academic and working background.
  4. Acquire a critical perspective and a set of conceptual tools for understanding practice and politics in different forms of arts.


  1. 增進理論及實踐知識,有助日常工作及實現個人追求。
  2. 學習從批判角度,重新理解日常生活中的各種範疇及當代文化現象。
  3. 與來自不同學術及工作背景的同學及畢業生建立網絡關係,分享意見及經驗。
  4. 運用批判角度及相關概念工具,理解不同藝術形式的實踐與政治。


Our MCS Students

  1. They come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. This broadens the students' horizon and stimulates their critical and creative thinking in class and through peer learning.
  2. The professional fields of MCS students and graduates include, but are not limited to:
    • Media and Creative Industries as well as Performing Arts Sector
    • Education
    • Civil Society and Community Work
    • Professionals : Doctor, Nurse, Lawyer, Translator and Engineer etc.


  1. 修讀文化研究碩士課程的同學來自不同背景和不同專業,透過課堂習作與互動,可以互相刺激思維,擴闊視野。
  2. 修讀文化研究碩士課程的學生主要來自以下專業範疇:
    • 傳媒、創意工業及表演藝術界;
    • 教育;
    • 公民社會組織及社區工作;
    • 專業界別 : 醫護、法律、翻譯及工程等 。



The MCS programme is designed to enable students:

  1. to acquire up-to-date theoretical and practical essentials, as well as their linkages, in cultural studies;
  2. to broaden their intellectual horizon across the boundaries of academic and professional disciplines;
  3. to form critical perspectives for understanding the complex processes of contemporary cultural production;
  4. to be equipped with the necessary skills to analyze the constraints and potentials of their respective professional practices in the rapidly changing contemporary context; and
  5. to apply cultural studies in practicing critical pedagogy in various fields.


Profile of the Ideal Lingnan Graduate

Liberal arts education at Lingnan University aims to instill a sense of civic duty in our students and to cultivate skills, competences and sensibilities that enable graduates to pursue their goals in a rapidly changing social, cultural and economic environment. Lingnan graduates will have breadth and depth of vision, the desire and capacity for public service, an awareness of the complexities that characterize enduring human dilemmas, and, accordingly, maturity of judgement. Excellent as leaders and employees, Lingnan graduates will be the beneficiaries of a multi-dimensional approach to learning.


Learning Outcomes for Taught Postgraduate Programmes

For taught postgraduate programmes, Lingnan graduates are expected to possess the following attributes:

Independent and Critical Scholar

  • LU graduates will possess in-depth discipline specific knowledge as well as a diverse range of a professional and scholarship skills.

Advanced Professional Problem-solver

  • LU graduates will have a deep understanding of discipline knowledge to creatively solve complex problems and provide innovative solutions.

Critical and Creative

  • LU graduates will be critically analytical and have a creative perspective and outlook in their research areas / professional discipline.

Skilled Communicator

  • LU graduates will be advanced communicators and be able to articulate clearly and coherently in written, digital and oral forms.

Ethically and Socially Responsible Researcher/Professional

  • LU graduates will be reflective, ethical and socially responsible in conducting their research / professional practice.


Learning Outcomes for Master of Cultural Studies Programme

The intended learning outcomes of the programme are in alignment with the University’s mission of enabling “students to think, judge, care and ultimately act responsibly in the changing circumstances of Hong Kong, the region and the world.” Students, after the completion of this programme, will be able to

  1. demonstrate a refinement of the professional and cultural resources they already have to better analyze and evaluate the complex processes of cultural work and production today, and
  2. Identify and assess the constraints and potentials, as well as new challenges and emergent problems, of their respective professional practices in the rapidly changing contemporary context.


Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction for most courses.  Some courses will be conducted in Cantonese or Putonghua.


Programme and Curriculum Committee (PCC)

The MCS PCC will be set up under the Cultural Studies Department to provide a mechanism whereby the University carries out its responsibility to assure the satisfactory operation of the programme. The composition of the MCS PCC is as follows:

Terms of reference


• To take charge of the MCS programme including the design, implementation and review of the curriculum. 

• To liaise with the Registry/School of Graduate Studies on all academic matters including review of academic regulations and examination matters. 

• To review and carry out the admissions policy for the MCS programme. 

• To make sure that the intended student learning outcomes will be achieved. 

• To report to the Cultural Studies Department Board on the progress, review and development of the MCS programme. 

• To deal with all other matters related to the MCS programme.

Programme Director
Prof. TANG Tse-shang Denise (as appointed by the Department Board)

Deputy Director (as appointed by the Department Board)
Head of host Department (ex-officio member, if not concurrently the Programme Director)
Prof. PUN Ngai
Chair Professor of Cultural Studies (ex-officio member)
Prof. PUN Ngai  
TWO members elected among the full-time academic staff of the Cultural Studies Department (or their representatives)
Prof. Roberto CASTILLO
Prof. LU Miao
Two student representatives (one from each year of study)
Year 1 : Ms. FAN Xiaoran
Year 2 : Ms. MA Pui-yi

Secretary: Ms. MAN Shan-shan
A member of staff appointed by the Chairperson

Observers: The teachers of the MCS in the current academic year (to be invited to meetings on teaching and student assessment matters.)

Staff-Student Consultation Committee (SSCC)

Terms of reference


• To promote understanding between students and teaching staff. 

• To consider feedback from students regarding teaching, learning, and course evaluation and issues of importance for enhancing teaching and learning quality. 

• To review and monitor the learning and teaching quality assurance mechanisms and processes within the programme. 

• To provide feedback to students on changes made to courses and teaching in response to various channels of course evaluation. 

• To formulate strategies in helping students to learn more effectively. 

• To consider any other matters of concern to students.

Programme Director OR Deputy Director
Prof. TANG Tse-shang Denise (appointed by the Department Board)

Up to two teaching members of the programme
Two student representatives (one from each year of study)
Year 1 : Ms. FAN Xiaoran
Year 2 : Ms. MA Pui-yi

Secretary: Ms. MAN Shan-shan (A member of staff appointed by the Chairperson)

Observers: The teachers of the MCS courses in the current academic year