SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

MSc Contemporary China Studies

duration:
One year

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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 or Part Time

This 12-month programme combines high quality postgraduate social science research training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

The key features of this programme are: 
  1. interdisciplinary teaching;
  2. social scientific study of China;
  3. contemporary Chinese society, defined broadly as post-1949;
  4. research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core module);
  5. a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills;
  6. an internship option which provides students with an opportunity to gain insights into China’s cultural and/or business environment.

The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various social science subjects such as Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Politics, International Relations, Management and Anthropology. Previous undergraduate coursework on China is not a compulsory requirement for admission. Applications will be considered from those who have worked in NGOs, civil service, or similar fields. As research methodology training is a compulsory part of the core module, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or PhD).

Entry Requirements

SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree.

No additional requirements specific to the MSc Contemporary China Studies programme which can be taken with or without knowledge of a Chinese language.

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must take the ore module Understanding Contemporary China - 15PCIC002 (30 credits) and a further 90 credits are chosen from a list of approved optional modules.

Students write a 10,000 word dissertation. This module includes the option of undertaking a 4-week internship sometime during June/July.

Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Understanding Contemporary China 15PCIC002 30 Full Year
Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 30 Full Year
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 30 Full Year
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Language (optional)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 15 Term 1
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 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
Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 30 Full Year

 

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.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • Students will be expected to grasp key themes and debates related to the study of contemporary Chinese society.
  • Students will be expected to grasp various social science research methods and strategies that are relevant to the study of contemporary China.
  • Students will develop an understanding of interdisciplinary research and its potential.
  • Students will acquire/develop skills in Chinese language at any of these levels: beginner, intermediate or advanced (optional).
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will learn to become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence and their encounters with knowledge, and will develop critical skills in reassessing evidence for themselves. 
  • Students will develop presentation skills as part of seminar and dissertation work.
  • Students will learn how to design a research project, set a timetable, understand the principles of fieldwork, and consider questions of ethics.
  • Students will learn how to gather, synthesise and assess large bodies of text and also how to represent such a body of knowledge in a synthetic and analytical manner.
Subject-based practical skills

Students will be expected to learn to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing, in academic English.
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources including print and other forms of mass media
  • Listen to, discuss and present ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop communication and interactive social group skills.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research
libraries and institutes.
Transferrable skills

Students will be expected to learn to:

  • Plan, organise and write masters’ level essays and dissertations;
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Work effectively both alone and as part of a discussion group;
  • Understand unconventional ideas;
  • Develop various IT skills relating to library research and to representation of material; and relating to the production of small research projects.
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.

Fees for 2018/19 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
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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

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