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Modern Chinese Studies MPhil

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

China: Studies Chinese Languages Contemporary Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The programme is suitable for graduates who have developed an interest in China and now want to take that to a level where it could be useful for their future careers. The MPhil Modern Chinese Studies is a two-year master's degree programme which combines intensive study of the Chinese language with thorough training in the study of modern China. It can be taken either as a terminal degree in preparation for professional work in which knowledge of China and Chinese is an advantage, or in preparation for further research as part of a doctoral degree in either the humanities or social sciences. The aims of the MPhil Modern Chinese Studies are to provide a strong grounding in modern Chinese language, both written and spoken, a strong foundation in understanding modern Chinese society and culture, and advanced training in conducting and reporting on independent and original research. Oriental studies graduates have found employment in many and diverse fields including business, finance, law, civil service, journalism, government and industry. Many graduates have also undertaken further research into subjects linked with Oriental studies and have pursued successful careers in the academic world, education and in museums.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


21 months

Start date



Chinese society and culture - Core
Research Methods - Core
Independent Research

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

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any subject or discipline, although preference may be given to candidates who have studies previously in either the social sciences or the humanities. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.