Chinese Law

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 11.9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 20.1 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jun 30, 2025
StudyQA ranking:4613 Duration:12 months

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The MA in Chinese Law allows students to study Chinese law in depth, looking at areas such as foundations of Chinese Law, Commerce and Human Rights. All SOAS courses are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on courses offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.

Programme specification currently subject to programme amendment procedure.

Programme Structure
Please note that all MA students need to take a two week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course before the teaching term begins.

The courses run from the start of term in September, and examinations take place at the end of May/ beginning of June. The final date for the submission of the dissertation is 15 September in the final year of registration.

Students are required to take three taught courses and a dissertation as follows: At least two courses from the following options: * Chinese commercial law - 15PLAC106 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Economic approaches to law - 15PLAH030 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Foundations of Chinese law - 15PLAC110 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Modern Chinese law and human rights - 15PLAC139 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Sociological Approaches to Law - 15PLAH032 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1

The third option may be chosen from the General List, or can be from the above list Students must also take one further course or two half courses, to a total value of 45 credits, either from the list above or the optional list below**

Dissertation Dissertation (10,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

* Dissertation in Law - 15PLAC999 (1 Unit) - Full Year

Optional Course List * Access to justice & dispute resolution: special applications - 15PLAC157 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Affirmative action law - 15PLAH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Alternative dispute resolution - 15PLAC104 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International Economic Law - 15PLAH033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Arab comparative commercial law - 15PLAC144 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Banking law - 15PLAC105 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Climate change law and policy - 15PLAC154 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Colonialism, empire and international law - 15PLAH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Commercial Law - 15PLAC166 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Company Law - 15PLAC167 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Comparative constitutional law - 15PLAC152 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Development, environment and the law in the South - 15PLAC158 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Feminist Legal Theory - 15PLAC155 ( Unit) - Not Running 2012/13
* Foundations of international law - 15PLAH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2012/2013
* Human rights in the developing world - 15PLAC111 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Human rights of women - 15PLAC112 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Human rights and Islamic law - 15PLAC150 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Intellectual property rights and development - 15PLAC113 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International and comparative copyright law: copyright in the global village - 15PLAC115 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International commercial arbitration - 15PLAC153 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International Criminal Law in Practice - 15PLAC168 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* International environmental law - 15PLAC118 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International human rights clinic - 15PLAC145 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* The law of armed conflict - 15PLAH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* International Labour Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAC169 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International law and global orders - 15PLAH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
* International laws on the use of force - 15PLAH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2012/2013
* International protection of human rights - 15PLAC119 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International trade law - 15PLAC120 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* International and comparative corporate law - 15PLAC116 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Islamic law (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC121 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Islamic law 2: succession - 15PLAC122 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Justice, reconciliation and reconstruction in post conflict societies - 15PLAC123 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law and development in Africa - 15PLAC160 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law & governance in the developing world - 15PLAC125 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law and international inequality:critical legal analysis of political economy from colonialism to globalisation - 15PLAC131 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law and natural resources - 15PLAC126 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law and policy of international courts and tribunals - 15PLAH026 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
* Law and social movements - 15PLAC128 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law and society in South Asia (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC129 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law and society in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC130 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law of international finance - 15PLAC135 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law of Islamic finance - 15PLAC159 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law of treaties - 15PLAC136 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Law of the creative cultural industries in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC161 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law, human rights and peace building: the Israeli-Palestinian case - 15PLAC133 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law, institutions and political economy of transition - 15PLAC134 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Law, Multiculturalism and Intercultural Human Rights (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC109 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Legal aspects of commercial fraud - 15PLAC146 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Legal regulation of the music industry - 15PLAC138 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Migration, gender and the law in South East Asia and beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
* Multinational enterprises and the law - 15PLAC140 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Procedural principles and ethical standards - 15PLAC141 (1 Unit) - Full Year
* Selected aspects of Chinese civil and commercial law - 15PLAC142 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
* Water Law and Governance in Asia - 15PLAC171 (1 Unit) - Full Year

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related disciplineEnglish language requirementsIn order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.Score for Unconditional Entry * IELTS: Overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scores * TOEFL: iBT105+ with at least 25 in all sub scores * Pearson Test of English - Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL iBT® test: 105 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Scholarships and Bursaries

There are some scholarships and bursaries available for postgraduate students. These are very competitive and early application is advised.

* The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary (programme must include studying the history of the modern Arab world)
* AKS Postgraduate Bursary (in Korean Studies)
* Bernard Buckman Scholarship (MA Chinese Studies, for UK/EU fee paying students)
* The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS. There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries:
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.
* Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)
* D.G.Hall Scholarship (Taught Masters programmes at SOAS, for applicants holding a Burma/Myanmar passport)
* Felix Scholarships (for Indian students)
* Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)
* HSBC SOAS Scholarships (MA Sinology & MA Chinese Literature, for UK/EU fee paying students)
* Kamran Djam Scholarships (MA Iranian Studies)
* Professor Stuart Wilson Scholarship (MA South East Asian Studies)
* Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica)
* Tibawi Trust Awards (for Palestinian students currently enrolled in a programme at SOAS)
* SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
* SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Gender Studies, MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages)
* SOAS Master's Scholarships- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics & International Studies and Financial & Management Studies)
* Tallow Chandlers and M. W Beer scholarship (MA) (MA Anthropology of Food, for UK/EU fee paying students)
* William Ross Murray Scholarship (LLM, for students from a developing country)

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