Faculty of Business

Sept 2024 Entry


1 year



  • Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond the normal duration should submit an application to the Research and Postgraduate Studies Section of the Faculty of Business for consideration.

  • Medium of Instruction: English


Note to Applicants

  • We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

  • For the latest interview schedule, please refer to the MSc CBS website.

Application Deadline
Local - Full-time
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
Non-local - Full-time
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

With relevant theories and up-to-date practical applications, the PolyU MSc CBS programme aims to equip students with systematic knowledge of business practices and the ability to analyse changes in government policies and regulations that affect business operations in China.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Programme, students will be able to strengthen their knowledge, skills and intellectual abilities as defined in the broad learning outcomes which are underpinned by the specific learning objectives below:

  1. Chinese Business Environment
    Learning Objective 1a: Evaluate developments in the Chinese business environment, and their impact on both domestic and foreign business organisations.
    Learning Objective 1b: Demonstrate an understanding on the applications of data science in business analysis in Chinese business environment.

  2. Business Ethics in China
    Learning Objective: Identify and analyse ethical issues related to doing business in China.

  3. Cultural Impact on China Business
    Learning Objective: Evaluate and be able to communicate the impact of culture on business and management practice, with particular emphasis on Sino-foreign business activities.

  4. Chinese Language
    Learning Objective: Demonstrate a basic understanding of Chinese language.


Technological Element in the Curriculum

To help students embrace technological changes and digital transformation, five topics, namely artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, data science and entrepreneurship, have been embedded in the programme across a wide range of subjects.


Our curriculum fosters awareness of the impact of technology while teaching students to use data and technology to tackle business and organisational issues, thus enhancing their management and leadership abilities.



The programme is offered by the Faculty of Business and supported by the Faculty of Humanities at PolyU. It covers Chinese economic, social, legal, cultural, political, management, accounting and financial aspects.


The broadened curriculum includes Chinese language for international students and Chinese culture and cross-cultural management for all students.


The China Immersion Experience involves summer internships+ (or a study tour+)in the country.


Students may conduct individual research projects with supervision from an international faculty.


+ Subject content, delivery and availability are subject to continuous review and change. Depending on different factors, other arrangements may be made for students to complete the subject “China Immersion Experience”.

Recognition & Prospects

China's growth and integration into the world economy create opportunities for international business but foreign enterprises face the challenge of adjusting their way of doing business in China.


To thrive in Chinese business, understanding the market environment and the country’s policymaking is crucial, in addition to Chinese language and culture.


This programme is designed to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Chinese Business.


Programme Structure 

The programme is designed with a structured progression pattern. Students are highly encouraged to follow the pattern to complete the programme within the normal duration of one year. 


The curriculum includes technological elements such as financial institutions, fintech development and regulations in China in addition to mobile payment, peer-to-peer lending, blockchain, credit bureau, and big data.


Students having completed the required 42 credits graduate with the Master of Science in China Business Studies degree.


There is a possible exit award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in China Business Studies for students who have completed 5 Compulsory Subjects (excluding the subject "China Immersion Experience"), 2 FB (Faculty of Business) and 1 FH (Faculty of Humanities) Elective Subjects.


Compulsory Subjects

Business and Culture (7 subjects for 24 credits)
Language (2 subjects for 6 credits)

  • China Immersion Experience@
  • Chinese I (for Non-Chinese speaking students)*
  • Chinese II (for Non-Chinese speaking students)*
  • Chinese Economy & Business Strategies
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Essentials of Chinese Culture
  • Foreign Trade & Investment in China
  • Managerial Economics with an Application to China Business
  • The Legal System & Economic Law in China#


Elective Subjects^ 

(4 subjects chosen from the following for 12 credits)

  • Business Analytics
  • Business Strategy and Outlook for Life Insurance in China and Hong Kong
  • Chinese III (for Non-Chinese speaking students)
  • Chinese Customs & Etiquette
  • Chinese Society & Culture Through Film
  • Encounters Between China & the West
  • Human Resource Management in China
  • Investments
  • Key Issues in China Business
  • Marketing in China
  • Political Economy of Policy Making in China
  • Research Methods & Market Research in China
  • Research Project in China Business Studies
  • Taxation Management in Hong Kong & China
  • Theory & Practice of Accounting in China
  • Total Quality Management


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at the MSc CBS website.


@ The structure and content of "China Immersion Experience" are subject to continuous review and change. Depending on different factors, other arrangements may be made for students to complete the subject “China Immersion Experience”.

* Students who demonstrate proficiency in the Chinese language can fulfil the subject requirements through credit transfer.

#i. This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund.

 ii. The mother course (Master of Science in China Business Studies) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).

^ Students are required to undertake at least 3 credits (1 subject) but not more than 6 credits (2 subjects) of electives concerning Chinese language, Chinese culture or literature.



(i)   Programme structure, list of subjects, subject offering semester, subject names and content are subject to continuous review and change.

(ii)  Not all subjects will be offered in a given year, subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on.

(iii) For a given cohort, a clash-free timetable will be arranged only for the Compulsory Subjects. And, timetable is subject to change without prior notice.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Yang Lei

Subject Area
China Business Studies
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualifications in relevant fields of business;

  • Preference will be given to applicants with some work experience.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for Taught Postgraduate Programmes for details.


For general enquiries, please contact:
Faculty of Business
Tel: (852) 3400 2583 or (852) 2766 7142
Email: fbcbs@polyu.edu.hk


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Yang Lei, Programme Director
Tel: (852) 3400 3457
Email: aflei.yang@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information
  • Most classes are scheduled for weekday daytime, subject to the final arrangements of the programme.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend admissions interviews.

Initial Registration Credits


Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.

Tuition Fee

HK$349,500 per programme (HK$8,600 per credit for 36 credits and HK$6,650 per credit for 6 credits) for local and non-local students

For students who demonstrate Chinese language proficiency and are exempt from 6 credits of Chinese language subjects, the tuition fee is HK$309,600 for local and non-local students

Merit-based Scholarships are available:

  • International students merit-based tuition fee waiver
  • Local students merit-based tuition fee waiver
  • Mainland students merit-based tuition fee waiver

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Student Message

The CBS programme was very professional and helped me further understand the rhythm of the Chinese economy. The programme’s specialised knowledge and analytical mindset broadened my horizons and improved my career opportunities. Many thanks to the professors, guests, and classmates. I have gained valuable experience in the CBS programme!


The CBS programme was a truly valuable experience for me. It gave me essential background knowledge in Chinese culture as well as providing an extensive and in-depth examination of Chinese business. The comprehensive programme structure, with its broad scope and high degree of freedom, enabled me to gain a deeper insight into the business environment in China, which will fuel my future career. I would like to thank all my professors, lecturers, and classmates for making this learning experience so enjoyable and worthwhile.

DAI Jinyu

My year of study at CBS was a unique experience. The curriculum offered a diverse range of subjects, spanning from law and economics to film and culture. This comprehensive approach enabled me to develop a profound understanding of the economic and business landscape in both Mainland China and Hong Kong. Ultimately, it helped me build a successful lasting career. Moreover, the connections I formed with both my professors and classmates throughout this year have proven invaluable, and are something I will hold dear for a lifetime.

ZONG Yaning

The CBS programme provided me with deeper insights into China's business environment and its growth opportunities. Thanks to a holistic curriculum which entails management, economic, legal, culture and language components, I gained valuable experiences which allow me to make better business decisions.


Thanks to the CBS programme and to its professors, I have acquired relevant knowledge about China’s economy, its culture and its legal system. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, it was a memorable year full of intensive group projects, cultural surprises and new friends. My summer internship in a local company has made that experience even more immersive.

SION Anne-lorraine Marie

CBS not only widened my knowledge, but also strengthened my ability to view problems in a macro, systematic and structured way. It gave me a clear understanding of business management and improved my decision-making ability, enabling me to find a fulfilling job in Hong Kong.

CHEN Weiman

The CBS experience is unique. It is definitely the programme for people who are looking for a practice-oriented master’s. There is a diversity of subjects, from law and economics, through Chinese society and culture, to films and everything that can be useful for a career in China. After this master’s, I look at the world in a different way.

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Scholarship Application Form

Merit-based Scholarships are available. Please click here to submit your online application form for the Scholarship for MSc in China Business Studies programme.


Provision of additional documents may be required if deemed necessary.

An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and will reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and upload all necessary documents.

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