MSc Contemporary China Studies

Duration: One year

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This 12-month programme combines high quality postgraduate social science research training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

The key features of this programme are:

  1. interdisciplinary teaching;
  2. social scientific study of China;
  3. contemporary Chinese society defined broadly as post-1949;
  4. research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core module);
  5. a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills;
  6. an internship option which provides students with an opportunity to gain insights into China’s cultural and/or business environment.

The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various social science subjects such as Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Politics, International Relations, Management, and Anthropology. Previous undergraduate coursework on China is not a compulsory requirement for admission. Applications will be considered from those who have worked in NGOs, civil service, or similar fields. As research methodology training is a compulsory part of the core module, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or Ph.D.).


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must take the ore module Understanding Contemporary China - 15PCIC002 (30 credits) and a further 90 credits are chosen from a list of approved optional modules.

Students write a 10,000-word dissertation. This module includes the option of undertaking a 4-week internship sometime during June/July.

Core Module

  • Understanding Contemporary China 15PCIC002 (30 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 (15credits) Term 1
  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30 credits) Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15credits) Term 2
  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30 credits) Full Year

Language (optional)

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