Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique - HKU SPACE: Media & Communication, Culture & Philosophy courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique

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Study mode
Start Date
25 Feb 2021 (Thu)
Next intake(s)
Feb 2021 / April 2021
7 months
Course Fee
HK$39,000 per programme
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Deadline on 30 Jan 2021 (Sat)
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The  Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique programme aims to develop the study of media and cultural institutions, ideologies and policies as part of social and economic reality. Its design has a specific rationale, beginning from a semester which aims to provide a comprehensive foundation in research methods and critical approaches to media and cultural studies, through another semester which provides a grounding in the media (including social media) and then visual and socio-cultural content, giving graduates the possibility of undergoing further study in media and cultural studies, communication studies, creative industries, arts and cultural management.

QF Level

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QF Level: 6

QR Registration No.: 10/000058/6

Validity Period: from 01 Sep 2010 to on-going

Programme features

  • Interdisciplinary focus on social sciences, media and cultural studies
  • Analytical skills and research methodologies specifically for arts, media and cultural management
  • Suitable for local and overseas (including Mainland China) degree holders from disciplines other than arts, media and culture


In recent years, there have been growing debates about the city's cultural development, ranging from media ecology, television and film industries, to performing arts and museum development, which have all become great concerns amongst the public. 

This programme is structured to help students understand the inter-relations between the media, culture and society, to engage students in the critical analysis of local and global cultural issues , and to recognise the impact of the media towards society



On completion of the programme, students should be able to

  1. critically interpret the dominant perspectives in media and cultural studies;
  2. make critical judgments on researches commonly used in media and cultural industries;
  3. critically evaluate the relationship between visual media and cultures;
  4. make critical judgments on media practices and institutions from socio-cultural, legal and political perspectives;
  5. apply media literacy principles and concepts for pedagogical purposes;
  6. critically examine the ecology of art collecting in local and international context.

Note: There may be a slight variation in the Learning Outcomes according to the curriculum available in the first or any intake where the three specialisms will not be implemented. Instead, in addition to the two core modules in the fall semester, students are allowed to choose two out of four elective modules in the spring semester. On completion of the programme (without specialisms), students should be able to

  1. critically interpret the dominant perspectives in media and cultural studies;
  2. make critical judgments on researches commonly used in media and cultural industries;
  3. make critical judgments on media practices and institutions from socio-cultural, legal and political perspectives.

HKU SPACE reserves the right to offer a specialism or an elective in the programme upon the enrolment number of each semester.


Teaching Mode

The unique research and application nature of this programme enables a variety of teaching modes to be used, including seminars, tutorials, guest lectures, professional workshops as well as guided independent study.



Depending on the nature of individual modules, students will be assessed by a combination of individual essays, research assignments, article reviews, class and/ or site visit reports, photoblogs, group projects and presentations, multimedia works and one written examination.



Students who have successfully completed all four modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique. The Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique is awarded within HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Students who do not successfully complete the entire Postgraduate Diploma programme but have taken 4 modules and achieved a minimum of 30 credits can be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique upon the approval of the Board of Examiners. There is no direct entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique.


Financial Assistance

Students are eligible to apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) administered by the Hong Kong Government Student Finance Office (SFO). The maximum amount of the financial assistance under ENLS is the total tuition fee(s) payable in the 2020/21 academic year. A life-time loan limit is imposed on each student eligible for receiving loans under the ENLS. The loan limit will be price-adjusted annually in accordance with the Composite Consumer Price Index. The life-time loan limit is HK$383,500 for the 2020/21 academic year.

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  • Students joining in the fall semester can complete the programme in 7 months.
  • United Centre / Admiralty Centre*
    *Upon the availability of classrooms, classes and examinations may be held in other Learning Centres.

 In order to complete the programme, students are required to study four modules (2020/21 intake):


Module Title

Credits (60 credits)

3 months

Students are required to take TWO core modules:

• Researching Media and Culture

• Media and Cultural Critique




3 months

Students are required to take another TWO modules:

• Visualising Cultures

• Media and Popular Culture





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Note: The above programme structure serves as a guideline to students. HKU SPACE reserves the right to modify the structure. Students are only allowed to enrol onto the Postgraduate Diploma programme. If a student does not successfully complete the entire Postgraduate Diploma programme but has completed the two modules in Semester 1, HKU SPACE may consider awarding the student a Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique.


Applicants should normally hold:

  • a bachelor’s degree in areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, IT or Business, or equivalent, awarded by a recognised institution; or
  • a recognised sub-degree qualification, or equivalent, and have at least two years of relevant work experience;

  • an IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent (for graduates of tertiary institutions where English is not the medium of instruction).



Graduates of Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique are  eligible to apply for the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice offered by the University of the Arts London, with an exemption of 60 credits, out of the total 180 credits. Upon the articulation arrangement, students will only be required to complete 3 units (120 credits) in the programme for the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice qualification.  (Note:  MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice is currently offered in London.)


Additional Notes to Non-Hong Kong Resident Applicants

To study in Hong Kong, all non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, except for those admitted to Hong Kong as dependants, who do not need prior approval before taking up full-time and part-time studies.  Non-local applicants issued with a valid employment visa also do not need prior approval to pursue part-time studies. It is the responsibility of individual applicants to make appropriate visa arrangements. Admission to a HKU SPACE academic programme/course does not guarantee the issue of a student visa. Applicants may wish to note that part-time courses are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes except for self-financed, part-time locally accredited taught postgraduate programmes awarded within the HKU System through HKU SPACE.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$39,000 per programme

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Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    *Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or MasterCard including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”.

    *HKU SPACE MasterCard cardholders who wish to enjoy 10-month interest free instalment scheme must pay  their tuition fees in person at any our HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

A. In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.
B. Online

Selected programmes offer online continuing enrolment service. Programme staff will inform students if they offer this service and offer further enrolment details.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS  or WeChat Pay

Coourse fees can be paid by cash, EPS or WeChat Pay 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 specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services for details.


  • For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, WeChat Pay, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  • 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, WeChat Pay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • 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 team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. 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.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For additional certification, 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.