Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent) in Chinese
Subjects Preferred: Chinese
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.
Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.
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.
- Sinological Methodology - 15PEAC005 (1 Unit) - Full Year
List A: Options
- Classical Documentary Texts - 15PEAC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Modern Documentary Texts - 15PEAC007 (1 Unit) - Full Year
List B: Options
- Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road - 15PARC032 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Ancient Chinese Civilisation - 15PARC026 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2013/2014
- 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
- Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation - 15PCHC004 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Introduction to Classical Literary Tibetan (Masters) - 15PEAC020 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2013/2014
- 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
- Research Methods In Translation Studies - 15PLIH046 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
Teaching & 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.
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.
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.