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The IMCSP programme is primarily designed for:

  • Graduates from degrees in social policy, international development, sociology or other social sciences.
  • Professionals whose work is directly related to social policy analysis, design, advocacy and delivery.
  • Graduates and professionals from other backgrounds and who seek to join a career in public, private and third sector organisations engaged in policy analysis, design, advocacy and delivery.

To be eligible for entry into this program, candidates should have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution; or equivalent qualifications and experience, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
  • An applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (Internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) a minimum score of 450 in the Chinese Mainland's College English Test (CET): Band 6, or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 Lingnan University offers an intensive designated foundation course in English in July-August for students that marginally fail to meet the above English requirement. Applicants who have graduated from a university using English as the main teaching language do not normally need to present evidence of their language proficiency.

To apply for the Master of SocSci in Comparative Social Policy (International) programme, you are required to submit the following application materials through the online application system:
  1. A completed application form
  2. A personal statement of no more than two pages A4
  3. Two recommendation letters (in a sealed envelope addressed to the IMCSP programme office)
  4. Copy of academic certificate(s)
  5. Copy of academic transcript(s)
  6. Copy of English language proficiency result(s)

The Programme Director will conduct Skype/telephone interviews with all applicants prior to making an offer for admission. Applicants will enjoy admission preference if they posses prior work experience in social policy formulation, execution or analysis.

IMCSP programme fee and expenses

The IMCSP programme tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018-19 is HK$120,000.
An additional application fee of HK$350 (non-refundable/non-referable) will be charged upon completion of an online application.  

You will also be expected to take care of additional expenses including accommodation, travel to and from Hong Kong and Hong Kong immigration visa charges (if applicable). For a useful summary of things to consider when coming to Hong Kong for postgraduate study, you may consult:

We offer scholarships to outstanding domestic and international applicants. The Scholarship amount will normally be equivalent to half or a quarter of the total IMCSP programme tuition fee depending on the student in question. The IMCSP programme team may also offer research assistant positions to applicants if deemed appropriate. Applicants who receive admission offers will be automatically considered eligible to compete for this financial support.