Taught course

Contemporary Chinese Studies

University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus · University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 or equivalent in any degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies is an innovative, exciting and challenging one-year taught masters programme providing you with a deep insight into one of the world’s most dynamic nations. The programme provides total immersion in China while studying through English to the same rigorous high standards as the University of Nottingham in the UK.

The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies provides you with alternative pathways for applying a range of disciplinary perspectives to the study of Chinese business and society, politics and economics, sustainable development and the environment, media and popular culture, visual and performing arts, or modern Chinese history.

The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies is recognised as a leader in the provision of high quality, discipline-based research and degree programmes which incorporate the study of China. It trains a new generation of researchers and practitioners by academics conducting cutting-edge research with a focus on Chinese business, economy, geography, media and culture, history, language, law and politics.

Learn Chinese

You can choose to study Mandarin as optional modules, starting at the appropriate level for you – from beginner to advanced – depending on your prior study of the language. You will use what you have learned in a Chinese language and cultural setting.

Your study at Nottingham’s Ningbo China campus will enrich your cultural and linguistic experience and allow you to explore a range of themes and issues relevant for understanding contemporary China.

Course structure

  • Contemporary China Issues 20
  • Research Design and Practice in China 20
  • Government and Politics of China 10
  • Dissertation 60
  • The Rise of Modern China 10
  • Media and Communications in a Globalising China 10
  • Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society 10

Optional group one

Students must take a minimum of 10 or maximum of 30 credits from the following group:

  • Chinese Business and Society 10/15
  • Economic Development in Contemporary China 10/15
  • Management for China 10/15
  • Internship 15

Optional group two

Subject to the approval of the offering school, students may take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 credits offered by other schools including the Language Centre to bring the total to 180. For international students whose first language is not mandarin Chinese, they can choose to take Mandarin modules. The level will be decided at registration.

In considering options offered by other schools, you should make your choices according to your timetable to ensure your options do not clash. You will also need to ensure that you meet the entry requirements and have taken any pre-requisites outlined in the module specifications in the module catalogue. Non-Mandarin speakers coming in above beginners' level will be assessed and recommended to the right level.

For more information, please see here.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
CNY 80,000
International students
CNY 90,000

Please take a look at the scholarship schemes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr David O'Brien
+86(0)574 8818 0262