SOAS University of London

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

MA Chinese Studies

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?: Students who take this degree come from many countries and have a wide variety of academic backgrounds. While some wish to broaden their previous studies or experience of China, others approach the course without having a Chinese element to their first degree, but with a desire to focus their previous training on the region.

The MA Chinese Studies provides an exceptional opportunity to take advantage of the wide range of disciplinary approaches to the study of Chinese societies available at SOAS.The main emphasis is on modern and contemporary China, although it is also possible to study aspects of pre-Modern China.In addition to the courses on offer, students develop their own particular area of specialisation by writing a dissertation in their major discipline.

When applying, applicants are asked to specify their preferred major subject, and asked to give an alternative as practical considerations such as time tabling and availability of courses may limit freedom of choice. Once enrolled, students have two weeks to finalise their choice of subjects and have the opportunity of sampling a variety of subjects through attending lectures etc.

Convenors

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. A maximum of 60 credits can be taken from one discipline and a minimum of three disciplines must be covered. For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be from an introductory level.

When applying, applicants are asked to specify their preferred major and minor subjects, and asked to give alternative choices as practical considerations such as time tabling and availability of modules may limit freedom of choice.

All modules are subject to availability.

China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 30 Full Year
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Approaches to Chinese Studies 15PCIC001 30 Full Year
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 30 Full Year
Taiwan Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Language (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
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
Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 30 Full Year
Advanced Chinese for Business 15PCHH027 15 Full Year
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 15 Term 1
Introduction to Classical Literary Tibetan (Masters) 15PEAC020 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 30 Full Year
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 30 Full Year
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 15 Term 2
Visual Arts of Dynastic China (to 1800) (Cohort A) 15PARH051 15 Term 1
Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 15 Term 2
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 15 Term 1
Anthropology and Sociology (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Media and Film Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
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
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 15 Term 2
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
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Religion
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 15 Term 2
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
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

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Student will acquire specialist knowledge on the following key areas:

  • How to assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations, locate materials, use research sources (particularly research library catalogues) and other relevant traditional sources.
  • To obtain a theoretical grounding in one of the several disciplines offered as part of degree: Anthropology, art& archaeology ,economics ,history, law,literature,media,music,politics or religion& philosophy.
  • To obtain an empirical grounding of the disciplines cited above as they relate specifically to the study of China
  • To develop a critical understanding of other disciplines–in their theoretical and empirical dimensions–through Minor courses.
  • To acquire/develop skills in Chinese language at any of these levels:Basic1(absolute beginner),Basic2(beginner),Intermediate or Advanced.
Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Critical evaluation of source material: students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what document scan and cannot tell us.
  • Critical evaluation of previous scholarship: students should question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
  • Critical attitude toward euro-centristic approaches: Students will acquire a sensitivity to non-euro-centric perspectives on a range of intellectual problems in the Anthropology, art &archaeology,economics,history,law,literature,media,music,politics or religion & philosophy of China.
Subject -based Practical Skills

Subject-specific skills will be in line with the requirements in the academic discipline in which students do their Major and the dissertation.

Practical skills include:

  • Communicate effectively in writing
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources
  • Present seminar papers
  • Listen critically to, and discuss, ideas introduced during seminars
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes
Transferable Skills
  • Write good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Understand unconventional ideas.
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.

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
Bernard Buckman Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

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

SOAS Master's Scholarships

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in China and Inner Asia studies from SOAS equips students with essential skills such as competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors.  They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Africa-Asia Confidential
Asia Society
BBC
China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Citibank
CSR Asia
CTBI China Desk
Deloitte UKEMP
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
French Embassy in China
Fu Xin Contemporary Art Gallery
Government Offices of Sweden
Inter Committee of the Red cross ICRC
KPMG LLP UK
Linklaters LLP
Macmillan Cancer Support
Overseas Development Institute
Shelter UK
The Amity Foundation Hong Kong

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Editor
Chartered Accountant
Global Learning Program Associate
News Editor
Researcher
China Industry Specialist
Lecturer
Artistic Director
Foreign English Expert
Diplomat
Policy Officer Environment/Climate Change
English Teacher
Translator
Internal Auditor
Consultant/Account Manager
Expert on Media-Chinese language
Interpreter
Lecturer in Modern Chinese Culture and Language
Professional Speaker & Director
Assistant Professor

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

With some of the West’s leading experts on Taiwan’s political economy, SOAS was the ideal place for me to study cross-Strait relations

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