For the 2004-05 academic year, Chinese University of Hong Kong's Graduate School will offer more than 200 postgraduate programmes. These include 117 research programmes at Masters, MPhil, MPhil-PhD and Doctoral level and 79 taught programmes at Masters and Doctoral level. Some research programmes are being converted to MPhil-PhD programmes, which will allow direct entry of holders of first degrees. Successful applicants will be accepted as either an MPhil or PhD student and may later apply to transfer between the two streams. Ten programmes will be available - history of Chinese art; religious studies; systems engineering and engineering management; materials science and engineering; mathematics; physics; statistics: architecture; psychology; and social welfare. Applicants are required to have a sound research background. Postgraduate studentships are available in most graduate divisions for students registered in full-time research degree programmes. For the 2004-05 year, a provisional monthly stipend is about $12,000. The school will introduce seven new Master of Arts programmes. They include Hong Kong's first taught MA in philosophy. The programme has a broad base, covering Chinese and western traditions with an emphasis on contemporary cultural and social problems. The aim is to provide students with conceptual tools and training in reflective reasoning that will be relevant to a wide range of professionals. The two-year, part-time MA in music is designed for music professionals and for music lovers to upgrade their knowledge. Chinese and western music cultures are covered, as well as pop and film music in Hong Kong. Music management and music information technology are also covered. Four Master of Science programmes will be added to the list. The MSc in Acupuncture aims to help the development of Chinese medicine, and in particular acupuncture, by training at postgraduate level Chinese medicine practitioners and medical professionals, including physicians, physiotherapists and nurses. On the business side, an MSc in data science and business statistics focuses on practical statistics such as data analysis skills and applied and business statistics. As well as four required courses, students are required to complete four elective courses. Taught masters programmes usually take two years but students may study for up to four years.