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SOAS China Institute

MA in Advanced Chinese Studies

Duration: 2 Year Full Time

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 as well as a text-reading seminar allowing students to integrate their Chinese reading skills into their disciplinary studies. 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.

HEFCE Scholarships

UK and EU students applying for admission to this programme may also apply for a HEFCE Scholarship.  One-year (£20,000) and two-year (£40,000) scholarships will be available, covering fees at the Home/EU level plus a contribution to maintenance costs.  These awards are funded by the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • have a first class or 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent
  • also apply for admission to this programme
  • qualify for Home/EU fees status and be ordinarily resident in the UK or EU.

The assessment of your application for a scholarship will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line application for admission to the MA programme. Selectors will be looking at your degree results and also at academic references, your personal statement and other relevant information. Financial need may also be considered.

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 a text-reading seminar (1 Unit - 15PCIC003) allowing students to integrate their Chinese reading skills into their disciplinary studies. 

In their second year, students will undertake a Period of Study at Partner University  (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).

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

Core Course
China and Inner Asia
Available as a minor only
Taiwan Studies
Language (minor only)

Only one language course may be taken.

Art and Archaeology
Available as a minor only
Anthropology and Sociology (minor only)
Media and Film Studies
Development Studies
Economics
Politics and International Studies
Available as a minor only
Law
Music
Religion
History

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning