SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

MA Sinology

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent) in Chinese
  • Subjects Preferred: Chinese

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?: Students are expected to have a degree of at least upper-second class level or equivalent and to have proved to our satisfaction that they have a competence in Chinese equivalent to at least the level reached by the end of our third year BA Chinese course. The degree is designed either as an end qualification in itself or to prepare the student for more advanced graduate work (MPhil/PhD).

The MA Sinology is designed to provide a training in advanced Chinese literature and documentary sources for those who already have a knowledge of Chinese (both classical and modern) to a level equivalent to that attained by the end of the 3rd year Chinese BA at SOAS.

This programme does not follow the major/minor pattern. Students must undertake a compulsory course together with two other optional courses.

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Structure

Please note that this programme does not follow the major/minor pattern. Students must undertake the core course together with two other courses. At least one course must be chosen from list A. The third option can be from List A or B.The dissertation must be related to either the core course or one of the courses on list A.

Core Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Sinological Methodology 15PEAC005 1 Unit Full Year
List A: Options
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Classical Documentary Texts 15PEAC006 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 1 Unit Full Year
List B: Options
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 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
Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Classical Literary Tibetan (Masters) 15PEAC020 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Research Methods In Translation Studies 15PLIH046 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The taught part of the course consists of core lectures introducing basic concepts, theory and methodology; and additional seminars that extend the core material into other areas. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take.

A 10,000-word dissertation written over the summer offers students the opportunity to develop original research in an area of special interest. 

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.

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. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

HSBC SOAS Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Sinology from SOAS equips students with essential skills such as competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through training in advanced Chinese literature and documentary sources.

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  

A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

You will establish and hone key analytical skills, amass a broad and in-depth knowledge of your chosen field and, from day one, befriend students from around the globe.

David Whittaker

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