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Certificate for Module (Wars and Rebellions in Late Qing Dynasty)
證書(單元: 晚清的戰爭與叛亂)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
30 hours
English, suppl with teaching materials in Chinese
Course Fee
HK$7,800 per programme
3762 0868
2571 0630
How to Apply


The study of wars and rebellions in the Qing dynasty is important for students to explore how China during the nineteenth century was invaded and humiliated by foreign powers and how dynastic decline resulted in the downfall of the Qing regime. This programme aims at studying the dynamics of wars and rebellions in China under the Qing dynasty, focusing on the causes, the processes, impacts and the implications of these wars and rebellions from a historical perspective. The military dynamics of wars and rebellions and their political consequences on the Qing dynasty will be discussed.
On completion of the programme, students should be able to:
  1. discuss the causes of wars and rebellions in the Qing dynasty, including the Opium Wars, Taiping Rebellion, the first Sino-Japanese War and the Boxer Rebellion;
  2. analyze the impacts of wars and rebellions on the legitimacy and governance of the Qing dynasty;
  3. explain the roles of foreign powers in the wars and rebellions of the Qing dynasty;
  4. explore the dynamics of wars and rebellions in China under the Qing dynasty, focusing on the causes, processes and impacts.
Target Student Group
  • Degree holders in various disciplines with a bachelor qualification awarded by a recognized higher education institutions.
  • Professionals who work in public and private sectors in areas of administrative, management,  policy and political analysis positions, as well as in the media and non-governmental organisations.
  • People who are interested in in history, wars and diplomacy

Programme Details


(1) The causes, process and impacts of the Opium War (1839-1842)
-      the roles of the Canton trade and the business community (foreign and local)
-      the roles of foreign and British traders
-      the roles played by Commissioner Lin Zexu and his forces of exterminating opium
-      the detailed battles (including the size of the army, the routes, the weapons use, the strategies, and the deaths incurred) involving the British military and the Qing army, and
-      the Treaty of Nanking leading to the ceding of Hong Kong Island to Britain

(2)The Opium War and Hong Kong: The resistance of people in the New Territories for ten days against the British military

(3) Taiping Rebellion (1851-1864) from its causes, rapid rise to the capture of capital Tianjing, the internal strife among the leaders of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, the eventual defeat of Tianjing by the Qing military

(4) The Second Opium War, 1856-1860 – an important war between British and French alliance and China leading to the ceding of part of the Kowloon Peninsula to Britain

(5) The Sino-French War, 1884-1885: the causes and Impacts of the war

(6) The first Sino-Japanese War, 1894-1895: causes, process and impacts
-      the Treaty of Shimonoseki
-      the reasons for the failure of the Qing Peiyang navy and its military

(7)   The Boxer Rebellion – the causes and impacts on the Qing dynasty


Individual assessment (1) oral presentation of the draft report and analysis in class (30-minutes plus 15-minute Q&A session); (2) 1,000-1,200 words written report and analysis of any war or rebellion; (3) Participation in discussion at war sites


Students who have successfully completed the programme with at least 70% attendance will be awarded  “ Certificate for Module (Wars and Rebellions in Late Qing Dynasty)” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Application Code 2180-MC032A -

Days / Time
  • Saturday, 0900 - 1300 (normally). Last lesson will be scheduled on Saturday 0900-1300 and 1400-1700
  • Admiralty Learning Centre

Teacher Information

Professor Sonny Lo (Deputy Director of HKU SPACE, Acting Community College Principal, President of the Hong Kong Political Science Association from 2012 to 2016) (

Dr Steven Maximilian Holm (PhDBA, MACHS, MJur (Socio), MCS, BSc)


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,800 per programme

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

i. an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

ii. a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or

iii. HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or

iv. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or

v. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Wars and Rebellions in Late Qing Dynasty)
證書(單元: 晚清的戰爭與叛亂)
COURSE CODE 44C143474 FEES $7,800 ENQUIRY 3762-0868
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Wars and Rebellions in Late Qing Dynasty)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])


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Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit the filled HKU SPACE application form (SF26) with:

  • copies of academic qualifications;
  • resume;
  • copy of HKID card/passport;
  • cheque for course fee
  • In Person
    To any of our enrolment centres (; or
  • By Post
    Mail to Ms Cherry Chow at Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
Payment Method

1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted 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 write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. 

3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are alumni and holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, may enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. 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, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. 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 teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. 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.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, 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. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.