SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

MA Advanced Chinese Studies

duration:
2 Year Full Time

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The two-year MA Advanced Chinese Studies offers comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Students on the programme take four taught courses at SOAS during their first year, including a team-taught core course provided by a range of SOAS China experts. In addition, students take a text-reading seminar, allowing them to integrate their Chinese reading skills into their disciplinary studies, or an approved language-based course. Further courses can be selected from available disciplines including Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Cinema, Cultural and Regional Studies, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Music, Politics, and Study of Religions.

In their second year, students will undertake an extended period of study at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, where they will follow a tailor-made bilingual programme in Chinese Studies. Options for short-term internships with local companies will be made available. The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London.

The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require a skill set which encompasses disciplinary rigour, comprehensive area knowledge and cultural and linguistic fluencies. Applicants should have at least intermediate-level proficiency in modern Chinese (HSK Level 4). The language element of the training will be tailored to meet the needs of students’ existing language skills. Alternative elements are available for applicants not in need of further Chinese language training, such as native speakers of Chinese.

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MA Advanced Chinese Studies

Structure

In the first year at SOAS students on the programme take the team-taught core course provided by a range of SOAS China experts Approaches to Chinese Studies - 15PCIC001 and two taught courses (2 Units) from the list given below. In addition, students take a Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies - 15PCIC003 (1 Unit) or an approved language-based course (1 Unit). 

In their second year, students will undertake a Period of Postgraduate Study in China (15PCIC004) at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, where they will follow a tailor-made bilingual programme in Chinese Studies. Options for short-term internships with local companies will be made available. The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London (Extended Dissertation in Chinese Studies 15PCIC999).

These courses should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor.

Core Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Approaches to Chinese Studies 15PCIC001 1 Unit Full Year
Extended dissertation in Chinese Studies 15PCIC999 2 Unit Full Year
Language
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Classical Documentary Texts 15PEAC006 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 1 Unit Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 1 Unit Full Year
Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 1 Unit Full Year
Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 1 Unit Full Year
China and Inner Asia
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 1 Unit Full Year
Understanding Contemporary China 15PCIC002 1 Unit
Taiwan Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 1 Unit Full Year
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 0.5 Unit Term 1
Anthropology and Sociology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Media and Film Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Development Studies
Economics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region 15PECC334 1 Unit Full Year
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 1 Unit Full Year
Politics and International Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
China and international politics 15PPOC018 1 Unit Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese Commercial Law 15PLAC106 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Chinese Constitutionalism 15PLAH043 0.5 Unit Term 2
Law and Human Rights in China 15PLAH054 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Religion
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 0.5 Unit Term 2
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 0.5 Unit Term 1
History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 0.5 Unit Term 2

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Lectures and Seminars

Most courses require students to attend two or three hours of classes each week. This time will be spent in lectures, seminars, tutorial discussions and student presentations: the exact mixture of activities varies somewhat from course to course. At Masters level there is a particular emphasis on students’ contributions and presentations, and students are also expected to read extensively and prepare for each class in advance.

Language courses typically involve more hours of contact time, especially at elementary level, and regular homework.

The assessment on most courses consists of two or three coursework essay assignments and an unseen written examination, sat in April or May. However, some courses are assessed purely on the basis of coursework, including essays and reaction papers.

Dissertation

A 20,000-word dissertation will be written by each student on this programme after his/her return from China, for submission in September of the second year. The dissertation will be on an approved topic linked with one of the taught courses.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources. The China and Inner Asia collection consists of approximately 200,000 volumes and 5,000 periodicals.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
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