MA Advanced Chinese Studies

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Advanced Chinese Studies

SOAS University of London

MA Advanced Chinese Studies

Duration: 2 Year Full Time

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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 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. Options for short-term internships with local companies will be made available. 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 rigor, 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.

Structure

In the first year at SOAS students on the programme take the team-taught core module provided by a range of SOAS China experts Approaches to 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.

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. Options for short-term internships with local companies will be made available. 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

Core Module

  • Approaches to Chinese Studies 15PCIC001 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Module

Students must select the module below OR Language modules to the value of 30 credits from List A.

  • Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 (30 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules - List B

Students select 60 credits from List B.

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Period of Postgraduate Study in China 15PCIC004 (90 credits) Full Year
  • Extended dissertation in Chinese Studies 15PCIC999 (90 credits) Full Year

List A

Language

  • Classical Documentary Texts 15PEAC006 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 (15credits) Term 2
  • Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 (15credits) Term 1
  • Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies 15PCIC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 (30 credits) Full Year

List B

China and Inner Asia

  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Understanding Contemporary China 15PCIC002 (30 credits) Full Year

Taiwan Studies

  • Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 (15credits) Term 1

Art and Archaeology

  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15credits) Term 1

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2

Media and Film Studies

  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15credits) Term 1

Economics

  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30 credits) Full Year

Politics and International Studies

  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30 credits) Full Year

Law

  • Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Law, Rights, and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 (30 credits) Full Year

Music

  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15credits) Term 1

Religion

  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 (15credits) Term 2
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

History

  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15credits) Term 1
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15credits) Term 2
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 7, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
Sept. 2018
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2 years
Full time
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9,225 GBP
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United Kingdom - Bloomsbury, England
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United Kingdom - London, England
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline June 30, 2018
End date Sept. 1, 2020
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Aug. 2018
United Kingdom - Bloomsbury, England
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Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline June 30, 2018
End date Sept. 1, 2020
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Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year