MIPA is a taught-course postgraduate programme in international affairs focusing on the Asia Pacific region. Networked with institutions in mainland China, North America, and Europe, the programme is designed for mid-career professionals and university graduates who want to further develop or prepare for careers in international affairs. The MIPA curriculum provides conceptual knowledge and in-depth understanding of global and Asia Pacific affairs to meet the challenge of a globalising world.
As a major international city with an outward-oriented economy and a meeting point of Asian and Western cultures, Hong Kong is an ideal location for the study of international relations. A regional communication and business hub, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is home to a large number of international organizations and major business corporations. Over ninety countries have chosen to open diplomatic missions in the SAR, which is strategically located as the gateway between China and the rest of the world.
The MIPA is the first postgraduate taught course programme in international affairs offered by a locally based institution of higher learning in Hong Kong. The programme will facilitate the development of knowledge, professional resources, and networks for those interested in international affairs. The faculty consists of dedicated scholars, trained in major universities and well connected with the academic, professional and policy communities regionally and internationally. The department also regularly hosts visiting international scholars in the field.
The flexible structure of the programme allows candidates to choose courses from international relations and related areas (including law, media studies and public policy) mostly in the evenings and/or on Saturdays over a maximum of a 2-year period. Candidates also have the options to take courses offered by our partners such as Peking University, George Washington University, Seoul National University, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and Johns Hopkins University.
MIPA serves the needs of candidates with the following backgrounds:
(1) Mid-career professionals, including civil servants, journalists, corporation executives, diplomats, political and economic analyst, education and NGO workers who would benefit from part-time academic studies and interaction with other professionals in an academic environment;
(2) Degree holders in social sciences, humanities, law, communications, business or other relevant training who want to prepare themselves for international related careers or advanced academic studies.
To be admitted to the programme, an applicant should have a bachelor degree from a recognized university, preferable some training in international affairs, politics, public administration, business, law or journalism/communication or relevant professional experiences. English proficiency for Master-level academic study is required.
To receive the award of Master of International and Public Affairs candidates must complete 8 courses plus a capstone project successfully within 2 years for part-time study or 1 year for full-time study. In selecting courses candidates must meet the following requirements:
The combination of course, for example, should include 6 core courses (including 2 compulsory courses) plus the equivalent of 2 courses from one of the following options:
Students are required to pay additional costs to take the above overseas study courses (POLI6021, POLI 6023, POLI6024, POLI 6030 and POLI6034)
Elective courses are also available from the following areas**:
For regular students 2021-2022 (in HK$) (subjected to University approval)
|Application fee||$ 300 (non-refundable)|
|Caution Money||$ 350|
|Composition||$ 152,000 per programme (MIPA)|
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Regardless of the final admission decision, the Programme will not comment on the suitability or performance of any applicant.
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Professor Michael DOYLE
Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy
Professor of Law and Political Science, School of Law and the Political Science Department, Columbia University
Professor Paul EVANS
Professor, Institute of Asian Research
University of British Columbia
Professor Harry HARDING
Dean and Professor of Public Policy and Politics
Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
University of Virginia
Professor Christopher HILL
Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations
Department of Politics and International Studies
University of Cambridge
Professor Takashi INOGUCHI
President, The University of Niigata Prefecture
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Professor JIA Qingguo
Dean and Professor
School of International Studies
Professor Peter KATZENSTEIN
Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies
Department of Government
Professor James MAYALL
Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
Professor Emeritus of International Relations
London School of Economic and Political Science
Professor Lynn T. WHITE III
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs