MSc in Chinese Studies


Program Description

Programme description

Offering two years of study (double that of most masters programmes) and a funded six-month placement at Fudan University’s prestigious International Cultural Exchange School, this programme draws on a wide range of expertise in Chinese studies.

Catering to students at both the beginner and intermediate language levels, this flexible programme is presented by experts in their respective areas and places you within a vibrant environment in Edinburgh that actively engages with the Chinese community, both academically and socially.

You’ll develop advanced skills in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and explore aspects of contemporary Chinese society, culture, economy, politics and business.

Programme structure

This programme will provide you with more than 800 hours of language tuition. You will study in interactive multimedia language classes with teachers that include native speakers, in small groups of international students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Language development will be the key focus in your first year, along with four compulsory courses. The first half of your second year will be spent at Fudan University.

Compulsory courses:

  • Chinese Society and Culture
  • Politics and Economics after 1978

Option courses may include:

  • Art and Society in the Contemporary World: China
  • Chinese Religions
  • Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance in a Global Context
  • East Asian International Relations
  • Gender, Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Cinema
  • Outward Investment from Emerging Markets
  • The Rule of Law and Human Rights in East Asia

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, you will:

  • be able to speak, read, write and understand Chinese (Mandarin),
  • have a good knowledge of modern Chinese history, society and culture, and advanced knowledge of modern politics, economics, business or management,
  • be able to communicate this knowledge effectively in speech and writing,
  • have completed a dissertation on a topic related to contemporary Chinese politics, economics, business or management.

Career opportunities

This programme will give you the foundation for a career in China-related business, diplomacy, journalism or culture. Alternatively, your studies may inspire you to continue on to research at a doctoral level, and develop an academic career.

Even if you choose to pursue a career in an alternative field, you’ll find the skills you gain in research, communication, presentation and analysis will give you an edge in the competitive employment marketplace.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. Some knowledge of China is helpful, but not required. Language learning skills are an advantage.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Last updated Apr 2019

About the School

An international community at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, drawing connections between people and cultures and surrounded by world-class resources and collections.

An international community at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, drawing connections between people and cultures and surrounded by world-class resources and collections. Read less