Faculty of Humanities

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)



  • This programme is hosted by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies and supported by the Department of Chinese History and Culture, the Department of English and Communication, the Department of Computing [for Compulsory and Elective Subjects], and the School of Design [for Elective Subjects].

  • This programme consists of two specialisms:

    • MSc in Generative AI and the Humanities (Language and Communication)  
      生成式人工智能與人文科學理學碩士 (語言與傳意)

    • MSc in Generative AI and the Humanities (Arts and Culture) 
      生成式人工智能與人文科學理學碩士 (藝術與文化) 

  • The programme is offered on both full-time and part-time bases to give students maximum flexibility to undertake full-time or part-time study. Under normal circumstances, full-time and part-time students can complete the programme within 1 year and 2 years, respectively. Students who wish to extend their studies beyond these normal durations can submit a request to the department for consideration.

  • Applicants are required to choose either full-time or part-time study upon application. Full-time students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

  • Students who complete 21 credits (15 compulsory credits and 6 elective credits) may be eligible for an exit award for the PgD in Generative AI and the Humanities (without a specialism). 

  • This programme is offered subject to approval.


Notes to Applicants

  • Applications to our postgraduate programmes can be made without the help of agencies. Applicants are required to apply online via the Study@PolyU website: www.polyu.edu.hk/study.

  • Please note that all fields on the application forms should be filled. Applications that do not include details of an applicant’s academic qualifications will not be considered.

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

Programme Aims

This programme responds to the growing demand for professionals who can bridge the gap between artificial intelligence (AI) and the humanities. Therefore, it aims to foster interdisciplinary excellence by combining knowledge of AI with knowledge of the humanities. In particular, by providing students with a comprehensive education that integrates technical AI skills with humanistic insights, the programme aims to equip graduates with a holistic understanding of AI’s impact on language, communication, the arts, and culture.



This is the first programme in Hong Kong and the world to allow students to focus on generative AI within the context of the humanities. The unique interdisciplinary approach of the programme draws on cutting-edge research insights into the humanities and AI, and aims to nurture a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals capable of exploiting AI technologies to advance humanities-related studies and applications. Thus, graduates can address complex societal challenges and contribute to innovation in various industries.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to their professional fields while critically engaging with the social implications of AI in humanities contexts. The programme’s interdisciplinary approach and emphasis on creative thinking and problem-solving also promotes strategic thinking and holistic analysis, thereby equipping graduates with the intellectual skills to solve complex problems and contribute to the advancement of knowledge. Ultimately, graduates of the programme can help to realise the societal benefits of AI while preventing it from adversely impacting the humanities.


Programme Structure

Students are required to complete 18 compulsory credits and 12 elective credits in subjects related to their specialism.


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects 

  • Computational Linguistics and NLP Technologies*
  • Ethics and Morality in AI*
  • Introduction to Generative AI and its Application*
  • Computer Programming in Language and Communication*
  • Digital Studies of Chinese Culture*
  • Applications of Machine Learning and AI in Humanities*


Elective Subjects 

Elective Subjects with a Specialism in Language and Communication

  • Bilingual Communication and Language Technology in Chinese Context*
  • Communication in Multicultural and Multilingual Contexts
  • Advanced Translation for Business and Commerce
  • Multimedia Applications for Language Professionals and Translators
  • AI-Powered Language Analysis and Communication Strategies*
  • Language and Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
  • Multimodality and Professional Communication
  • AI-Enhanced Natural Language Processing and Communication*
  • Machine Learning and Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Computing in Practice
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Data Analytics
  • Multimedia Coding and Networking
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing
  • Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Dissertation in the specialism of Language and Communication*


Elective Subjects with a Specialism in Arts and Culture 

  • AI-Driven Cross-Cultural Linguistic Exploration: Preserving, Translating, and Interpreting Chinese and Bilingual Heritage*
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • AI-Enhanced Narrative Exploration: English History and Cultural Interpretation*
  • English Literature and Language Arts
  • AI-Enhanced Historical Analysis and Cultural Interpretation*
  • The Making of Chinese Martial Arts Tradition
  • Early Chinese Thought, Belief, and Technology
  • Chinese Traditional Theatre and Performing Arts
  • Digital Storytelling for Transmedia*
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality*
  • AI Tools for Creative Process and Transmedia*
  • Digital Art Assets: Bringing Crafts to Markets and NFTs*
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Data Analytics
  • Multimedia Coding and Networking
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing
  • Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Dissertation in the specialism of Arts and Culture*

* Subject to approval 


(The above subject list is subject to revision.)

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Liu Kanglong 

Programme List Remarks

(This programme is offered subject to approval)

Subject Area
Generative AI and the Humanities
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

  • 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 details.

  • Non-native Chinese-speaking students who choose the specialism of Arts and Culture must have a good knowledge of the Chinese language.

  • Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to demonstrate their language proficiency.


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Liu Kanglong, Programme Leader (tel: (852) 2766 7451; email: kl.liu@polyu.edu.hk).


For general information, please contact:   
CBS General Office (tel: (852) 2766 7454; email: cbs.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).

Other Information

Medium of Instruction

The programme is delivered in English and Chinese (Chinese [Putonghua] is only used for electives subjects in translation and Chinese arts and culture).

Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$8,000 per credit for local and non-local students

Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


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