MA Chinese Studies

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

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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 timetabling 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.


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 timetabling and availability of modules may limit freedom of choice.

All modules are subject to availability.

China and Inner Asia

  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Modern Chinese Literature (MA) 15PCHC003 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 (30credits) Full Year
  • Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 15PCHC005 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Approaches to Chinese Studies 15PCIC001 (30credits) Full Year

Available as a minor only

  • Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 (30credits) Full Year

Taiwan Studies

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

Language (minor only)

  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30credits) Full Year
  • Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Chinese for Business 15PCHH027 (15 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30credits) Full Year
  • Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 (30credits) Full Year

Art and Archaeology

  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30credits) Full Year

Available as a minor only

  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15 credits) Term 1

Anthropology and Sociology (minor only)

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

Media and Film Studies

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


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

Politics and International Studies

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

Available as a minor only

  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30credits) Full Year


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


  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018


  • Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 (15 credits) Term 2
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 (15 credits) Term 2


  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15 credits) Term 2
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