SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

MA Advanced Chinese Studies (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
2 Year Full Time

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

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. 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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Structure

In the first year at SOAS students on the programme take the module Approaches of 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 (Taught Module Component).

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. 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: Taught Component at SOAS

Core Modules

All students will take

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches to Chinese Studies 15PCIC001 30 Full Year
AND
Guided Option

All students will take 30 credits EITHER from List A (Language) OR the Reading Seminar

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
AND

All students will take 60 credits EITHER from List B (below)

Year 2

Taught Component Abroad and Dissertation

All students will take the following two 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

Options (subject to availability)

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
Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 15 Term 2
Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
List B (Non-language based disciplinary modules)
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG) 15PCHH001 15 Term 1
Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
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 Not Running 2018/2019
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 15 Term 2
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
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 2
Development Studies
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
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

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

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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