SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

MA Advanced Chinese Studies

duration:
2 Year Full Time

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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

2018 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 modules at SOAS during their first year, including a team-taught core modules 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 module. Further modules 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, 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

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Structure

In the first year at SOAS students on the programme take the team-taught core module provided by a range of SOAS China experts Approaches to Chinese Studies - 15PCIC001. In addition, students take Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies - 15PCIC003 or an approved language-based module from List A (30 credits). The remaining 60 credits are taken from List B.

In their second year, students will undertake a Period of Postgraduate Study in China (15PCIC004) at Zhejiang University, 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 modules should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches to Chinese Studies 15PCIC001 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module

Students must select the module below OR Language modules to the value of 30 credits from List A.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 30 Full Year
Optional Modules - List B

Students select 60 credits from List B.

Year 2
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Period of Postgraduate Study in China 15PCIC004 90 Full Year
Extended dissertation in Chinese Studies 15PCIC999 90 Full Year
List A
Language
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Classical Documentary Texts 15PEAC006 30 Full Year
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 15 Term 1
Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 30 Full Year
List B
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 30 Full Year
Understanding Contemporary China 15PCIC002 30 Full Year
Taiwan Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 30 Full Year
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 15 Term 1
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Media and Film Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 30 Full Year
Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 30 Full Year
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 30 Full Year
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Religion
Module Code Credits Term Availability
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 15 Term 2
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • General knowledge of the main debates in, and scholarly approaches to the study of China, by both Anglophone and Sinophone scholars
  • Research methods and strategies relevant to individual disciplines as used in the context of Chinese Studies
  • In-depth and nuanced understanding of Chinese society, history, and culture.
Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Evidence-based critical and thinking
  • Interdisciplinary approach to regional studies
  • Reflexive awareness of cultural bias and its effects
  • Bilingual research and analytical skills
Subject-based Practical Skills
  • Bilingual competence in gathering information, formulating and orally presenting informed opinion within the broader context of Chinese Studies
  • Ability to appreciate and assess academic writing in Chinese and English
  • Academic writing skills in English and Chinese
  • Research techniques specific to dealing with Chinese-language material
Transferable Skills
  • Essay and dissertation writing skills
  • Effective structuring and communication of ideas
  • IT and library research skills
  • Translation skills
  • Cross-cultural awareness

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.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
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