MSc Contemporary China Studies (2019 Entry)

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview


The key features of this programme are:

  • Interdisciplinary teaching;
  • Social scientific study of China;
  • Contemporary Chinese society, defined broadly as post-1949;
  • Research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core module);
  • A language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills.

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 PhD).

Entry Requirements

  • SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree.

No additional requirements specific to the MSc Contemporary China Studies programme which can be taken with or without knowledge of a Chinese language.

  • Overview duration: One year
  • 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 and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must take the core 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.
  • Dissertation
  • Students complete the Dissertation in Contemporary China Studies.
  • Taught Component
  • Compulsory Module

About Course Provider

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