Application details

caitlinThe Master of Journalism course is a one year full-time or two year part-time course. Students learn the core skills of journalism—reporting and writing, television and video production, and digital journalism. They also take elective courses in a range of subjects from business and finance to public health and documentary film.

Deadline for entry in Autumn 2017:

Applications will be accepted from 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017.

Entrance requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours from this university; or
  • A qualification of equivalent standard from this university or from another university or comparable institution;
  • A score of 587 or above (paper-based test) or 240 or above (computer-based test) or 95 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum overall band of 7.0 with no subtest lower than 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if seeking admission on the basis of qualifications from universities or comparable institutions outside Hong Kong in which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English.

Candidates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree with honours from this university or another qualification of equivalent standard may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to register if they possess proven professional experience in journalism, show evidence of excellence in the practice of journalism and proof of competence in the English language and satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination, if appropriate.

Applicants with outstanding merit could be exempted from the qualifying examination and considered for early admission by the admission panel.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to take a qualifying examination administered by the JMSC in Hong Kong and selected cities outside Hong Kong. The examination aims to test candidates’ aptitude for journalism and does not require prior preparation.

Those who do well enough in the exam will be interviewed either in person or via Skype.

Tuition fees for 2017–2018*:

The tuition fee is US$320 (HK$2,475) per credit for local students and US$360 (HK$2,825) per credit for non-local students.

To receive a Master of Journalism degree, candidates are required to complete no fewer than 60 and no more than 72 credits of courses.

Thus total tuition fees range

  • from US$19,200 (HK$148,500) to US$23,040 (HK$178,200) for local students,
  • from US$21,600 (HK$169,500) to US$25,920 (HK$203,400) for non-local students,

depending on the number of credits taken.

A technology fee of HK$2,400 per student will be charged. The technology fee is used to purchase, maintain and upgrade the equipment used by students, and to provide technology training assistance for students.

* to be approved by the University

How to apply (Online application for 2017 entry CLOSED)

* Part-time programme is only applicable to Hong Kong local residents / people with HK work visa or dependent visa

Please read the Additional information for applicants, Regulations and syllabuses, and Instructions for submitting supporting documents below carefully, before you click to apply.

  • Additional information for applicants
  • Regulations and syllabuses
  • View/Print Instructions for submitting supporting documents

After the online application, please send your supporting documents, e.g. transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS result, writing samples / published works in English (if any) to the following address:

Journalism and Media Studies Centre,
Room 119, Eliot Hall,
The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam Road,
Pokfulam, HK

In case of difficulties email jmscmj@hku.hk or phone (852) 3917-4113 for advice.