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Chinese Studies

Course Details
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. The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies incorporates an integrated Study Abroad module: a period of time spent at one of Trinity’s partner universities. This permits students to develop their Mandarin language skills as well as to experience campus life.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission to this course is at graduate level, and applicants will hold a good honours degree (minimum II.1) from a recognized university. 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 language proficiency. The course has two different strands for students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin and students with intermediate or advanced Mandarin. For students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin, proven language learning ability will be useful, although not necessarily in an Asian language.

Language entry criteria, Strand 1:
There are no specific Chinese language entry criteria for Strand 1. Applicants must satisfy the University’s English language requirements.

Language entry criteria, Strand 2:
Strand 2 applicants must already have at least foundational reading skills in modern Chinese as well as proof of language proficiency at the B1 proficiency level (or equivalent). The B1 proficiency level means that you can understand the main points of standard spoken Mandarin, you can read and understand written texts on familiar topics in modern Chinese; you can participate in conversations on everyday topics, and you can write short texts in simplified Chinese. This strand also caters to native speakers of Mandarin. Students who wish to apply to Strand 2 must submit transcripts or equivalent certification of their language learning experience/accomplishments at the time of application as a supplementary document. For native Mandarin speakers, such certification should be in the form of documentation confirming that their primary degree or schooling was completed through Mandarin. These will be considered on a case by case basis by the course committee. Applicants must also satisfy the University’s English language requirements.


2 years Full-time

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator

Dr Adrian Tien
Telephone Number 353-1-896 4035
Course Email

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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