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    This programme draws on expertise from across the University faculties, and benefits from the many connections the CCC has developed. Whether you are seeking a career that will involve direct contact with China or work based in a wider context, we offer excellent opportunities for you to learn and understand more about modern China as it becomes an increasingly important global economic force.

    We offer pathways in Economics, Management, and Politics and International Relations, with plans under way for students from humanities backgrounds.

    Careers: Academia; banking/finance; civil service; international corporations

    Core modules: Chinese economic reform in comparative perspective; Divergent modernities: China and Europe compared

    Optional modules by pathway: Economics: Economic analysis; Economic policy and development; Finance; International trade; Industrial economics; Labour economics; Trade integration

    Management: Business ethics; Comparative and international people management; Enterprise, entrepreneurship and new business venturing; Entrepreneurial marketing; Innovation and technology transfer; Knowledge management and business intelligence; Marketing in the digital age

    In addition, students on the Management pathway have the option to study Chinese or English language for non-native speakers

    Politics and International Relations: Governing globalisation; Global politics and international relations; Globalisation and international relations; Introduction to security studies

    Plus: Dissertation (12,50015,000 words: MSc only)

    Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

    Study abroad in China: Students who are not Chinese nationals will have the opportunity to apply for full scholarships, provided by the Chinese government, to extend their study by a period of six months or one year at one of our partner universities in China

    Assessment: Coursework and examination


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    First- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent; applicants with particular knowledge and experience in the areas covered by the programme will also be considered; no previous knowledge of any Chinese language is required.English language requirementsIf your first language or language of education is not English, we will ask you to show evidence of fluency in the use of English. For all of our postgraduate programmes we require a level of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580 (CBT - 237, IBT - 92). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 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.

    School of Social Sciences Masters scholarships: Students applying for the MSc are able to apply for the School of Social Sciences Masters scholarships which cover tuition fees for the programme. The application deadline for these scholarships is usually in early March.

    China Scholarship Council(CSC): Students who are not Chinese nationals will have the opportunity to apply for full scholarships, provided by the China Sholarship Council, to extend their study by a period of six months or one year at one of our partner Universities in China.

    The scholarships are guaranteed for the year 2011-12, but follow-on funding is available for students applying for courses of a longer duration. The language of tuition will be Chinese and a foundation year of Chinese language will be provided for students without the appropriate language background. Students wishing to learn Chinese can apply specifically for a one or two year language programme. The Centre for Contemporary China (CCC) will advise on suitable institutions and place students at our partner Universities

    Anyone who is interested in pursuing this excellent opportunity should first visit the CSC website for further details. They should then submit a CV along with a covering letter identifying the preferred subject, level of study and motivations in applying for the scholarship to Mark Cranshaw in the CCC m.cranshaw@soton.ac.uk. Documents should be submitted by Friday 4th March. Successful applicants will be informed within the following few days in order to allow time to comply with the final submission date of March 25th.

    Bursaries
    We are offering a number of bursaries of £4,000 per year to Students on the MSc in International Comparative Studies programme. These bursaries are allocated on a competitive basis and you will have to meet certain criteria.

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