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Certificate for Module (Hong Kong in the Second World War 1941-1945)
證書(單元 : 二次大戰與日佔時期的香港 1941-1945)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
30 hours
English, suppl with teaching materials in Chinese
Course Fee
HK$7,800 per programme
3762 0868
2571 0630
How to Apply


War studies are historically, socially and politically significant from an interdisciplinary perspective. The battle of Hong Kong in December 1941 was also militarily, historically and politically significant. Through the study of the battle of Hong Kong and its details and impacts from a historical perspective, and examination and visits of the military sites in Hong Kong, this programme aims at equipping students with the knowledge of the painful experience as well as the endurance of ordinary citizens during the Japanese occupation period, and inspiring students to understand Chinese history in a deeper way.
On completion of the programme, students should be able to
  1. discuss the British and Canadian defense of Hong Kong during the Second World War;
  2. analyze the rapid advance of the Japanese military and how it captured Hong Kong within 18 days;
  3. review the governance of Hong Kong under the Japanese rule;
  4. explore the roles of Chinese Communist Guerillas in the rescue of Hong Kong in the Second World War.
Target Student Group
  • Degree holders in various disciplines with a bachelor qualification awarded by a recognized higher education institutions.
  • Professionals who work in public and private sectors in areas of administrative, management, policy and political analysis positions, as well as in the media and non-governmental organisations.
  • People who are interested in in history, wars and diplomacy

Programme Details


  1. The defense of Hong Kong from the British strategic perspective.
  2. The Japanese invasion of Guangzhou and the beginning of the Battle of Hong Kong
  3. The war from the advance to the New Territories to the Kowloon Peninsula
  4. Military significance of the Gin Drinkers Line
  5. The last stage of the war in the Hong Kong Island: from Wong Nai Chung Gap to the Stanley Hospital
  6. The battles at Wong Nai Chung and the massacre at Repulse Bay and Stanley
  7. The roles of the Chinese Communist Guerillas in the rescue of Chinese intellectuals out of Hong Kong
  8. The Guerillas in Sai Kung and their resistance to the Japanese military
  9. The roles of collaborators (hanjin) and triads
  10. Hong Kong under the Japanese rule and the policies of the Puppet Government


Individual assessment (1) oral presentation of the report and analysis in class (30-minutes plus 15-minute Q&A session); (2) 1,000-1,200 words written report and analysis of any war issues; (3) Participation in discussion at war sites


Students who have successfully completed the programme with at least 70% attendance will be awarded  “ Certificate for Module (Hong Kong in the Second World War 1941-1945)” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Application Code 2180-MC034A -

Days / Time
  • Saturday, 0900 - 1300 (normally). Last lesson will be scheduled on Saturday 0900-1300 and 1400-1700
  • Admiralty Learning Centre

Teacher Information

Professor Sonny Lo (Deputy Director of HKU SPACE, Acting Community College Principal, President of the Hong Kong Political Science Association from 2012 to 2016) (

Dr Steven Maximilian Holm (PhDBA, MACHS, MJur (Socio), MCS, BSc)


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,800 per programme

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

i. an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

ii. a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or

iii. HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or

iv. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or

v. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Hong Kong in the Second World War 1941-1945)
證書(單元 : 二次大戰與日佔時期的香港 1941-1945)
COURSE CODE 44C143490 FEES $7,800 ENQUIRY 3762-0868
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Hong Kong in the Second World War 1941-1945)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit the filled HKU SPACE application form (SF26) with:

  • copies of academic qualifications;
  • resume;
  • copy of HKID card/passport;
  • cheque for course fee
  • In Person
    To any of our enrolment centres (; or
  • By Post
    Mail to Ms Cherry Chow at Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
Payment Method

1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. 

3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are alumni and holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, may enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.