MA Chinese Studies (Literature Pathway) (2019 Entry)

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview


This programme enables students to engage critically with the varied aspects of Chinese literature.This programme covers both pre-modern and modern literatures of China. It includes the study of literary works written in the original languages, as well as an introduction to literary theory. For students on this programme the dissertation must be on a subject in Chinese Literature.

Please note that to be considered for the MA Chinese Studies (Literature pathway) programme you will need apply for MA Chinese Studies and select the relevant literature modules at enrolment.

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

Fees 2019/20:

  • UK/EU fees:

Who should take this course

Interested Students.

Course content


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation, 30 credits of core modules, 60 credits of compulsory modules, and the remaining 30 credits can be from the list of optional modules.

All modules are subject to availability.

Compulsory Dissertation:

  • The dissertation must be on a subject in Chinese Literature.
  • Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Core Modules:

Students select 30 credits from the following module:

  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation

Select the following two modules:


  • Contemporary Chinese Literature

Compulsory Modules:

Students must take the following module:

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature

30 credits from one of the modules below:

  • Classical Documentary Texts
  • Modern Documentary Texts

Optional Modules:

  • Students may take 30 credits from the list below. Please note that some of the modules listed below may have a language requirement.

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