SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The key features of this programme are: Interdisciplinary teaching; social scientific study of China; contemporary Chinese society, defined broadly as post'1949; research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core course); a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills; an internship option which provides students with an opportunity to gain insights into China’s cultural and/or business environment.

Course Modules

Core module: Understanding contemporary China. Optional modules include: China and international politics; Chinese commercial law; Chinese constitutionalism; culture and society of Taiwan; economic dynamics of the Asia'Pacific region; economic problems and policies in modern China; international politics of East Asia; law and human rights in China; media spectacle and urban space in East Asia; modern Chinese film and theatre; modern Chinese law and institutions; nationhood and competing identities in modern China; Northeast Asian politics (Japan, Korea and Taiwan); pop and politics in East Asia; state and society in the Chinese political process. Languages (optional): Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese); intensive elementary Tibetan; practical translation (Chinese to English); practical translation (English to Chinese); special course in Chinese 1; special course in Chinese 2; special course in Chinese; special course in Chinese 4; special course in Chinese (reading classical and literary Chinese); styles of modern Chinese literary language.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should have a 1st or good 2nd Class Honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed.