Chinese Studies

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:12 months
Local:$ 7.38k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 19k / Academic year(s)  
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The Masters in Chinese Studies offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, economy, politics and culture.

There is the flexibility to combine cultural and political studies with introductory or more advanced modules in Mandarin.

  • The degree is interdisciplinary, drawing strongly on the expertise of leading specialists in Chinese politics, economics, and history of art, as well as the range of seminars, workshops and lectures delivered by the Scottish Centre for China Research based at the University of Glasgow.
  • You can spend eight weeks (May to July) in China, where you will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of Chinese society and culture. You have a choice of being based in Qingdao, Chengdu or Zhuhai.
  • This programme is the only one-year Chinese Studies MSc in Scotland. Glasgow boasts a number of China-focused organisations and events you can get involved with, including the Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow and the Scottish Centre for China Research, which brings together scholars undertaking cutting edge research on China.

Career prospects

This programme is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career involving China, whether in the business world, diplomatic service, international organisations, the arts and media or as preparation for further academic study through a PhD programme.

The programme is made up of two core courses, four optional courses, and a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Chinese politcs and society
  • China in the international economy

Optional courses

The courses are structured into five pathways

Language and Culture

  • Chinese language 1
  • Indepent study modules: Chinese art
  • China's century of conflict
  • Chinese language 2
  • Chinese internship or language in China (*)

Governance and Society

  • Global cities
  • Understanding public policy
  • Policy design and delivery
  • Governance and market
  • The business environment in China
  • China's international politics
  • Environmental politics and problems in China

International Relations

  • International relations theory
  • International security and global politics
  • China's international politics
  • Challenges in international politics

Human Rights

  • Critical perspectives in human rights
  • Critical perspectives in securitites & vulnerabilities
  • Equality and human rights
  • Human rights and global politics
  • China's international politics

Research Methods

  • Social science statisitics 1
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Social sciecne statistics 2

Your chosen pathway will be named on your student award, eg. MSc Chinese Studies (International Relations). You are free to choose options outside your pathway but we would encourage you to consult with the programme convenor if you plan to do so.

Dissertation

The dissertation is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in China and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the programme. With the advice of your supervisor you will develop a topic, undertake primary and secondary research, and write a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation which you will submit in September. The dissertation could form the basis for a PhD thesis.

(*) Students taking the internship/language option have to pay for their own travel, accommodation and fees for the internship placement and/or language course in China. The language options are not available to Chinese nationals.

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.Further information regarding academic entry requirements:student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.ukEnglish language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):overall score 6.5no sub-test less than 6.0or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimumCPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): CminimumPTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59Pre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 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.

As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of financial support.

The University of Glasgow also offers funding opportunities to its current students wanting to carry out a project or a piece of research away from the University.

http://www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/

Accreditation

The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
  • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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