Brown +1: CUHK's Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy

CUHK's Master's in Global Political Economy (MGPE) program is:

  • a flexible, interdisciplinary one-year program;
  • taught in English; and
  • designed to examine the interaction between global politics and global economy in a time of financial crises and global insecurity. While economic concepts are taken seriously, the focus of the program is firmly upon the political determinants and effects of economic outcomes.

MGPE students complete 16 courses (24 units) to graduate.

Course Exemption

Brown graduates who enroll in the MGPE Program may be exempted from two of the following 1.5-unit postgraduate courses if taken at CUHK during junior year study abroad.

Course Code Course Title
GPEC5105* Greater China in Global Political Economy
GPEC5113** International Finance Policy: From Bretton Woods to Doha I
GPEC5114** International Finance Policy: From Bretton Woods to Doha II
GPEC5311** Chinese Foreign Policy

* Required Course
** Elective Course

Program Structure

The MGPE is a one-year full-time and two-year part-time Taught Master's degree program, requiring a total of 24 units of course work. Each course carries 1.5 units, which adds up to a total of 16 7-week courses in order to graduate.

Students enrolled in MGPE are required to take 6 units of core courses and to select a specialization by taking at least 9 credits within a particular stream of study. Four streams are available: "Global Economy in Politics", Global Politics and Economy", "Global Political Economy in Greater China Region", and "Global Economy of the World".

Suggested Study Scheme:

4 courses in each academic term ;7 teaching weeks in each term

Tentative Term Calendar:

  • Term 1 September - October; 
  • Term 2 November - December; 
  • Term 3 January - February/March
  • Term 4 February/March - April/May

Program Features

Apart from structured courses, MGPE students may have the opportunity to take part in the following activities:

  • Conference (sessions reserved for presentations by MGPE students)
  • Publication (in connection with the students' research output/ writing scheme)
  • Field study in emerging markets such as those of BRIC

Career Prospects

Some MGPE graduates plan for doctoral training; others are employed in the fields of Finance, Management, Consultancy, Policy Research, or NGO development.