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 2017/18

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Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 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 courses 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 course combines empirical and theoretical material in a historically sensitive manner. The courses 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.



2 or 3 China units are required for the MSc China degree (in addition to the Chinese Politics dissertation).

Students take taught courses to the value of 3 full units + dissertation:

  • At least TWO units from A (compulsory);
  • ONE additional unit from A, B, or C;
  • Dissertation on some aspect of Chinese Politics (compulsory)
A. At least TWO of the following Chinese Politics courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
China and international politics 15PPOC018 1 Unit Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
B. ONE of the following Politics courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 1 Unit Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 1 Unit Full Year
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 0.5 Unit Term 2
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 0.5 Unit Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
C. ONE of the following courses focussed on China in a cognate discipline:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 1 Unit Full Year
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Chinese Commercial Law 15PLAC106 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 1 Unit Full Year
Language courses: students should chose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Course Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of course would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing course enrolments if necessary.
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 1 Unit Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
D. Dissertation:

this would focus on some aspect of Chinese Politics


Important information for 2017/18 applicants

For the 2017 academic year, SOAS has introduced a new academic framework for all of our postgraduate taught courses. The new model will mean that taught programmes are now made up of four units each worth 30 credits – our current structure is based on three units – plus dissertation. This approach is in line with PG programmes in most other universities.

In practice this means that there will be additional choice of modules for students taking PG taught programmes in 2017. The modules set out here represent the options available in the programme in 2016. In most cases, our 2017 programmes will contain these options plus additional modules – broadening the range of what is available on your programme.

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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 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


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