SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc Politics Of China

1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time.

Fees 2018/19

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Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 3 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

  • The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

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Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

China has the world’s biggest population and the second largest economy in the world. As part of the BRICS and BASIC group, China has a large impact in world affairs: understanding China is increasingly becoming essential to understanding the world. Politics and International Relations of China provide a fascinating opportunity to examine issues and themes in modern politics. From dynastic rule to the fall of the Qing, unequal treaties and their legacies in the form of Hong Kong and Macau, China offers an example for examining and analyzing long standing questions of territory, border, identity and sovereignty. From these historical origins to the more recent ‘Rise of China’, the buzzword of the 21st Century, this MSc degree brings together elements required to fully appreciate and understand China’s rise, its origins, and its current position in the world.

The MSc covers China’s domestic and international politics, and the historical and theoretical issues through the Chinese Politics modules of State and Society in the Chinese Political process (domestic politics), China and International Politics (international relations) and Taiwan’s Politics and Cross-Strait Relations. Each China Politics module combines empirical and theoretical material in a historically sensitive manner. The modules aim to establish thematic groupings for the purposes of considering and debating the government and politics of China, and further examine the relations between the government and politics of China and regional developments, international pressures, and the global political economy.



Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

  • 90 credits from A (all modules compulsory);
  • 30 additional credits B or C;
  • Dissertation on some aspect of Chinese Politics (compulsory)
A. The following three modules are worth 30 credits each and are core modules:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and international politics 15PPOC018 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
B. 30 credits to be taken from either List B (Politics modules) or List C (external modules)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year
The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2018/19
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2
Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle 15PPOH041 15 Term 2
International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 30 Full Year
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
C. 30 credits to be taken from either List B (Politics modules) or List C (external modules)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 30 Full Year
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Language modules: students should chose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Module Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of module would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing module enrolments if necessary.
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 30 Full Year
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
D. Dissertation (compulsory):

this will focus on some aspect of Chinese Politics


This is the structure for 2018/19 applicants

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

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Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 3 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
£11,545 £19,730 £5,773 £9,865 £3,848 £6,577
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