Chinese Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing upon and integrating disciplines such as History, Linguistics, Politics, Social Policy, Cultural Studies and Translation Studies. The course focuses on China today and China over the last century. This course offers a unique and vibrant educational experience which equips its students to be global citizens. The M.Phil. programme offers the opportunity to engage with key aspects of contemporary China, including its political and economic landscape, modern history, society, popular culture and language. Given China's economic impact and international reach, this course equips its graduates to engage deeply with contemporary China. The multidisciplinary nature of the course can accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Programme at a glance
• The programme involves six taught modules (three core, three elective) and a research project. Full-time students take three modules during each of the two terms over one year, and the research project is prepared during the third term. Part-time students take three modules each year over two years, and the research project is prepared during the third term of the second year
• Modules are assessed through a combination of presentations and written assignments
• The dissertation project allows you to showcase the knowledge you have gained in Chinese Studies by specialising in a particular area
• A wide range of optional Mandarin language classes and support, catering for all students from complete beginners to advanced learners
• Weekly lunchtime Mandarin conversation group and reading group
• Active community of professionals, practitioners and researchers, with many China-focused extramural events running throughout the year
Optional in-country or in-culture experience available through the Experience China module, delivering a four-week internship in a Chinese or China-related organisation in a Chinese-speaking country, in Europe or in Ireland
Admission to this course is at graduate level, and applicants will hold a good honours degree (minimum II.1, or a GPA of 3.5, or equivalent from another country) from a recognised university. Applicants must also satisfy the University's English language requirements. The course is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds. A background in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is helpful but not a requirement. The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies is designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to the discipline of Chinese Studies without requiring any specific prior knowledge of China or Chinese language proficiency.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
Next Intake: September 2020