Taught course

Contemporary China Studies

SOAS University of London · Department of Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Entry requirements

SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree. No additional requirements specific to the MSc Contemporary China Studies programme which can be taken with or without knowledge of a Chinese language.

Months of entry


Course content

This 12-month programme combines high quality postgraduate social science research training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

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.

The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various social science subjects such as economics, sociology, social policy, geography, politics, international relations, management and anthropology. Previous undergraduate coursework on China is not a compulsory requirement for admission. Applications will be considered from those who have worked in NGOs, civil service, or similar fields. As research methodology training is a compulsory part of the core course, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or PhD).

Information for international students

Information, including English Language requirements, can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700