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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

China: Studies Chinese Languages

Course type


Course Summary

The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, politics and culture and is the only one-year Masters degree on contemporary China in Scotland. There is the flexibility to combine cultural and political studies with introductory or more advanced courses in Mandarin.


  • The degree is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of specialists in Chinese politics, culture and history, as well as seminars, workshops and lectures delivered by the University's Scottish Centre for China Research.
  • You can spend eight weeks (May to July) in China, where you can complete an internship of your choosing, study Mandarin intensively or take a summer course involving travel to some of China's most ancient cities.
  • Glasgow boasts a number of China-focused organisations and events you can get involved with, including the Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow and the Scottish Centre for China Research, which brings together scholars undertaking cutting edge research on China.
  • You are encouraged to learn Chinese language at the level appropriate to your ability. For those not taking credit-bearing language courses, a free place on one of the Confucius Institute's existing classes is available.


This programme is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career involving China, whether in the business world, public services, the arts and media or as preparation for further academic study through PhD study. Our alumni have also gone on to successful careers as public affairs consultants, advertising and PR managers, as well as in secondary school education and the charity sector. The programme has helped graduates develop international perspective, critical thinking and writing skills, and also smoothed the path to living and working in the Far East.

Different course options

Full time | University of Glasgow | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This course will introduce students to the place of culture and tradition in modern Chinese society. It will examine how the legacies of China's long history are understood and their impact upon China today. Through the investigation and interrogation of Chinese tradition in modern China and its ties to more remote history, the course seeks to consider recent cultural developments in their social and political context. The content for consideration will include contemporary understandings of traditional thought and religion, historiography, folk arts and festivals, cultural sites, museums, and aspects of modern Chinese media.

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

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more