SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Extended Dissertation in Chinese Studies

Module Code:
2 units
Year of study:
Year 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • carry out a substantial independent research project in area studies using original-language materials
  • develop a sustained argument in appropriately referenced academic writing style


Total 12 hours of supervision, logged and recorded.

Scope and syllabus

This dissertation concludes the two-year syllabus for the new language-based area studies programmes. It provides students with the opportunity to put into practice the skill set they will have acquired during their coursework at SOAS as well as their period of study in the region they work on. It will give them the ability to integrate original-language materials with disciplinary and area studies research methods.

Method of assessment

One 20,000 dissertation to be submitted online in September, Year 2 of the programme (100%).


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