Master of International and Public Affairs (MIPA)


MIPA Programme Brochure (PDF version)


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:

  1. 2 compulsory courses;
  2. No fewer than 4 core courses; and
  3. No more than 2 elective courses.

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:

  • 2 more core/elective courses;
  • Overseas study/internship (equivalent to one or two elective courses);
  • Graduate exchange program with George Washington University (GWU), The Elliott School of International Affairs (students will have to take 9 credit hours of coursework at GWU to fulfill the U.S. residency requirement, with the understanding that 3 credit hours of coursework at GWU is equivalent to 1 MIPA elective course),
  • Graduate exchange program with Seoul National University (SNU), Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)
  • Graduate exchange program with Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (GIIDSG).



  • POLI6005 International Organization
  • POLI6007 International Relations in the Asia Pacific
  • POLI6008 Understanding Global Problems: Theory and Practice
  • POLI6010 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • POLI6029 War and Armed Conflict: Philosophical Issues
  • POLI6032 International Law
  • POLI6033 Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations
  • POLI6035 War and Strategy
  • POLI6036 Special Topics in International Relations (I)
  • POLI6037 Special Topics in International Relations (II)
  • POLI6038 Special Topics in International Political Economy (I)
  • POLI6039 Special Topics in International Political Economy (II)
  • POLI6040 Special Topics in Asia Pacific International Relations (I)
  • POLI6041 Special Topics in Asia Pacific International Relations (II)
  • POLI6042 Special Topics in Global and Regional Governance (I)
  • POLI6043 Special Topics in Global and Regional Governance (II)
  • POLI6044 World Energy Issues: International Political Economy and Security
  • POLI6045 The Politics of Global Inequality
  • POLI6046 Political and Sovereign Risk Assessment
  • POLI6047 Law, Politics and the International System
  • POLI6048 International Security
  • POLI6049 Epistemics of International Relations
  • POLI8004 Government and Law
  • POLI8014 NGOs and Governance
  • POLI8033 Program Evaluation


  • POLI6021 Overseas study at Peking University: "Current issues in China's international relations" (one course equivalent)
  • POLI6023 Overseas study at Johns Hopkins University: SAIS programme (one course equivalent)
  • POLI6024 Overseas study at Johns Hopkins University: SAIS programme (two courses equivalent)
  • POLI6030 Overseas study at George Washington University: U.S. foreign policy summer program (one course equivalent)
  • POLI6034 Overseas study at Seoul National University: Seminar on area studies – East Asia in the modern world (one course equivalent)

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**:

  • law (Department of Law, HKU)
  • public policy (Department of Politics & Public Administration, HKU)
  • media studies (Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU)
  • graduate exchange programs (The Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University / Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva / Graduate School of International Studies of Seoul National University)
    ** subject to requirements and appropriate course fees as decided by host departments


For regular students 2022-2023 (in HK$) (subjected to University approval)

Application fee $ 300 (non-refundable)
Caution Money $ 350
Composition $ 172,000 per programme (MIPA)


  • Online application system:
  • Closing Date: 12:00nn, 28 February, 2022

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
Peking University

Professor Peter KATZENSTEIN
Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies
Department of Government
Cornell University

Professor James MAYALL
Professor Emeritus
Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
Professor Emeritus of International Relations
London School of Economic and Political Science

Professor Lynn T. WHITE III
Professor Emeritus
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University


Programme Director

Dr. Enze HAN,
B.A., BFSU, M.A., UBC Ph.D., George Washington

Logistics Support

Mr. Christa WOO
Tel: 3917 5563