Research course


University of Exeter · Modern Languages

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, September, April

Course content

Chinese Studies 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.
The main areas of research are as follows;

  • Chinese art and culture, 17th-18th centuries;
  • Chinese-European cultural exchanges, 17th-18th centuries;
  • History of the senses in China;
  • Translation and China’s modernization;
  • Chinese literature in translation;
  • Sex and desire in Chinese medicine and literature;
  • Translation and Representation in Chinese cinema;
  • Chinese modern intellectual history;
  • Chinese literary history;
  • 19th-20th century history of international relations;
  • Contemporary Sino-Middle Eastern relations.

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12-36 months
part time
48-60 months


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

College of Humanities
+44 (0)1392 725306