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MA Chinese Studies (Literature Pathway)

MA Chinese Studies (Literature Pathway)

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Chinese Languages Far East (East Asia): Literature China: Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course enables students to engage critically with the varied aspects of Chinese literature. This programme covers both pre-modern and modern literatures of China. It includes the study of literary works written in the original languages, as well as an introduction to literary theory. For students on this programme the dissertation must be on a subject in Chinese Literature. This course provides a solid knowledge of the texts and contexts of modern and traditional Chinese literature; translate and interpret different writing styles and genres and obtain a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of comparative literature.

The programme will encourage students to: write good essays and dissertations; structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing; understand unconventional ideas and study a variety of written and digital materials that they will not have been exposed to as undergraduates.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The dissertation is a core component of all Masters programmes at SOAS. The supervised dissertation research requires the ability to work independently on an original piece of research, to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature and present the resulting dissertation in a clear and organised format.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Incoming students will be expected to have completed at least the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Chinese language study.

University information

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