Research course


University of Exeter · Modern Languages

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Entry requirements

Normally students will have proficiency in Chinese (good command of written and spoken Chinese), a good UK Honours degree (2:1 Honours or international equivalent) and a Master’s degree with Merit or international equivalent in a related subject.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Chinese Studies is an exciting programme which incorporates a number of established subject areas, including literature, history, art history, translation studies and cultural studies. It particularly appeals to students with a background or interest in subject matters related to China, which is not only one of the most ancient civilizations but also one of the great economic and cultural forces in today’s world.

Our MPhil/PhD in Chinese Studies at Exeter provides an opportunity for you to study with leading academics who are specialists in this field. We offer PhD supervision on a range of topics encompassing Chinese art and cultural history, Chinese-European cultural contacts, Translation and China’s modernisation, Chinese literature in translation, and sex and desire in Chinese medicine and literature. The programme draws on established, internationally recognised research activity and top-quality research-led teaching.

Our research in Chinese Studies draws upon the expertise of our core members and also of colleagues from across the Humanities disciplines with research interests in Chinese studies, so our students have opportunities for cross-disciplinary research in collaboration with other relevant fields of study. Our diverse research specialisms include art and architectural theory, history, political sciences, performance, and visual cultures.

Department specialisms

Interdisciplinary Studies, Medieval Studies, Film Studies, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Russian, and Sexuality and Gender Studies.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Overall score 185 with a minimum score of 176 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 169.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 (full-time)
International students
£17,500 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

College of Humanities
+44 (0)1392 725306