The Department of Art History is unique in Asia for its depth and breadth of expertise in art history. Our full-time teachers are trained in leading art history programmes in the U.S. and U.K.., teach and conduct research in Chinese art (Song to contemporary), Japanese art (medieval to contemporary), Indian art, and western art (medieval to contemporary). We also have special depth in cross-cultural research.

Our MA students benefits from the deep involvement of all these teachers.

Full-time teachers

Currently, the department has eight full-time teachers. They manage the programme collectively and teach most of our courses. See the full staff list here.

Part-time teachers

Our part-time teachers are also art historians with PhD degrees. They allow us to expand the range of subjects that we can offer to our students. Other than that, our MA students also benefit from the involvement of expert partners in HKU’s University Museum and Art Gallery and other museums and art institutions in Hong Kong and beyond.

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MA Dissertation Supervisors and Examiners


Each MA student develops an individual MA dissertation topic with guidance from the MA Coordinator. The Coordinator then matches the student with a MA dissertation supervisor who has relevant expertise for that topic. We expect half or more of the supervisors to be teachers at HKU. However, in seeking the best available person for each topic, the Coordinator will recruit other outside supervisors, who will be art historians or senior museum curators either in Hong Kong or overseas.


All MA dissertations are examined by the supervisor and by a second examiner who may be a teacher in the university or an outside expert.