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.
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- 2 Year Full Time
- UK/EU fees:
- Overseas fees:
Fees for 2020/21 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
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
All students will take
All students will take 30 credits EITHER from List A (Language) OR the Reading Seminar
All students will take 60 credits EITHER from List B (below)
Taught Component Abroad and Dissertation
All students will take the following two modules
Options (subject to availability)
List A: Language
List B (Non-language based disciplinary modules)
China and Inner Asia
Art and Archaeology
Anthropology and Sociology
Media and Film Studies
Politics and International Studies
Religions and Philosophies
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
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 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.
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Intensive Language only
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