Teaching and research in Chinese Studies at Maynooth University is focused on culture, society, history and literature rather than on business and commerce. Research includes the role of sport in the making of modern China and modern Ireland, Chinese Cinema and national identity and how Western thinking reshaped traditional Chinese knowledge.

The MA in Chinese Studies aims to provide students who already have a background in Chinese language and culture at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of cultural and literary analysis with particular emphasis on the conflict and communication within the Sinosphere (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and between China and the West.

Students will learn to read, interpret and translate a wide range of Chinese-language texts; build an understanding of the rapid cultural, economic, political and social transformation of China and the social, philosophical and ideological thoughts of Chinese social theories; and apply these theories to particular problems, issues and phenomena in Chinese society.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have obtained a 2.1 honours degree in Chinese Studies. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Minimum Chinese language requirements: HSK Level IV or equivalent.


MH70A: 1 year – Full-time

Careers or further progression

The programme was designed for Chinese studies graduates who want to pursue a professional career in the field of Chinese-EU (and Irish) relations in political, economic, business, diplomatic, pedagogical, historical, cultural and related fields.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Dr. Zhouxiang Lu
Tel: +353-1-474 7183
Fax: +353-1-708 3740
Address: Chinese Studies, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
Maynooth University,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland


School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in the study of modern languages, literatures and cultures in Ireland, offering MA programmes and MLitt and structured PhD studies in each of the constituent disciplines. In addition to French, Spanish, German and Chinese; Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan and Breton are taught in the School. The SMLLC offers personal supervision and teaching by renowned experts in a wide variety of fields, innovative areas of research and a lively intellectual environment.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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