MSc Politics Of China

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

Minimum 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.

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 a 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:

  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 (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

B. 30 credits to be taken from either List B (Politics modules) or List C (external modules)

  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 (15credits) Term 2
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 (15credits) Term 2
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 (15credits) Term 2
  • Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle 15PPOH041 (15credits) Term 2
  • International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30 credits) Full Year

C. 30 credits to be taken from either List B (Politics modules) or List C (external modules)

  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2
  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15credits) Term 1
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15credits) Term 2
  • Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 (30 credits) Full Year

Language modules: students should choose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Module Convenor during the welcome week who will assess which level of the module would be appropriate and will advise re. changing module enrolments if necessary.

  • Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

D. Dissertation (compulsory):

  • this will focus on some aspect of Chinese Politics
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