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. There are 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:
  1. interdisciplinary teaching;
  2. social scientific study of China;
  3. contemporary Chinese society, defined broadly as post-1949;
  4. research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core module);
  5. a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills.

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 module, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or PhD).

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7898 4700