Chance to master the arts and science offered

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 January, 2005, 12:00am

Programmes include Chinese, English and dentistry

THE UNIVERSITY OF Hong Kong plans to launch a number of new postgraduate programmes this year.

They include a diploma in Chinese Language Subject Knowledge for Graduate Teachers, which aims to provide up-to-date knowledge on the linguistic and cultural characteristics of the Chinese language.

Subject to official approval by the university, a postgraduate diploma in English Studies will be offered from September to school teachers who are now teaching English, or intend to teach English.

The diploma will be offered in collaboration with the Department of English and the Department of Linguistics. Core courses offered may vary with each intake, but could include phonetics and phonology for English language teaching; pedagogic grammar; written and spoken discourse for English language teaching; and sociolinguistics and English as an international language.

Students will be required to complete eight core courses and four elected courses. The programme can be completed in two years. Tuition fees are $60,000, though reimbursement of up to 50 per cent has been approved by the Education and Manpower Bureau.

Two dental-related programmes will be offered: a Master of Science in dental materials science, and a diploma in dental materials science.

The MSc is designed to develop a broad knowledge of dentistry including the principles underlying the mechanical, physical and chemical properties; structure at molecular, microscopic and macroscopic levels; and behaviour in all aspects of materials used in dentistry.

The programme is aimed at dentists wishing to gain a deeper understanding of their daily work, and science and engineering degree-holders considering an interdisciplinary career.

The diploma provides fundamental knowledge of the same subject areas.

Other programmes to be launched by HKU include an MSc in library and information management; a postgraduate diploma in education; a Master of Chinese medicine in acupuncture and moxibustion; and a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology).