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Stream in Public History

The Public History programme, an undergraduate programme offered by the Department of History, CUHK, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It equips students with the knowledge and passion to serve Hong Kong society, whether in public service, in education, in cultural heritage, or in business ventures. Highlights of the programme are as follows.

Practicality This programme offers training that puts history into practical use, such as cultural tourism, heritage preservation, historic sites and community history research, museum exhibitions, etc. This programme distinguishes itself from other similar programmes by its emphasis on solid training in historical methods and knowledge.

Experiential Learning In addition to traditional mode of study in classrooms and campus, this progamme pushes students into heritage sites and community networks. Our experiential learning includes and is not limited to historic site and museum visits, community-based research projects, use of new communication technology in understanding history and promoting heritage, etc.

Academic Training. This programme offers solid academic training in digital humanities, museum and heritage studies, film and documentary analysis, monuments and architecture. Students will acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and skills regarding the interpretation and presentation of the past in various forms.

Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Training This programme is at once interdisciplinary and cross-cultural. Students will be introduced to case studies around the globe, from different historical episodes and among major civilizations. This programme prepares students to engage both locally and globally.



Major Programme Requirement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 57 units of courses.


Highlights of Public History Courses

Required Course:

  • Introduction to Public History: Theory and Practice


Elective Courses:

  • Christianity in World History
  • Digital History
  • History, Memory and Monument
  • Local History and Public History
  • Museum and Heritage
  • Oral History: Methods and Practices
  • Ordinary Voices, Extraordinary Stories: History and Memory in Documentories and Biographies
  • Women, Society, and Politics in Modern China
Study Period

2 Years (Full-time)

Admission Requirement

Applicants shall be eligible to apply for admission if they

  1. have successfully completed a local course of study leading to the qualification of associate degree / higher diploma, and
  2. have attained an acceptable level of proficiency in English and Chinese languages.#


# Below are minimum required scores or grades for some of the more common acceptable examinations:

Chinese Language Test Minimum Requirement
HKCEE E / Level 2
HKDSE Level 3
IB 4
AP 3


English Language Test Minimum Requirement
HKCEE E / Level 2
HKDSE Level 3
GCSE/IGCSE C / Grade 4
IB 4
SAT Reasoning Test Essay 8
SAT Evidence-Based
Reading and Writing
IELTS (Academic) 6.0
Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English 80%
Canadian Grade 12 English 70%


For more details, please refer to website of Office of Admissions and Financial Aid:


Applicants may submit an online application via Non-JUPAS at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid’s website.

Application deadlines:
Advance Offer: 17 November 2022
Regular Deadline: 5 January 2023

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