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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Chinese Languages China: Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MA in Chinese Daoist Textual Studies will have a special appeal to those students who wish to study ancient Chinese texts, to develop a rich and deep knowledge of traditional Chinese Classical texts; and to apply this knowledge to their own lives and those of others. The Programme focuses on the study and research of the ancient religions, languages and great texts of China. Students will study the ‘ancient wisdom’ of China, which is of great cultural significance and is increasingly seen as relevant to contemporary concerns, such as personal and societal well-being and sustainability. This Programme will focus on advanced-level engagement with Classical Chinese Daoist texts and the spiritual, cultural and political values and practices that they embody.

Possible employment roles for graduates from this programme include: teachers and educators in a range of settings in both China and the UK; academic researchers in traditional texts and ancient Chinese texts; translation work; educational administration and policy; ethical business and commercial ventures; community work and initiatives; voluntary and travel industries; heritage conservation; archive and museum work; corporate and personal coaches/trainers in ancient Chinese ‘wisdom’ and life skills. nThe expected employability skills gained by graduates from these programmes are advanced information handling and communication skills; high levels of self and project management; the practical application of high-level skills in textual analysis and interpretation.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Research Methodologies for the Study of Sinology
Interpretation of The Four Books
Readings from the Governing Principles of Ancient China
Readings from The Compilation of Books and Writings on the Important Governing Principles
Daoist Text Studies
Classical Chinese Texts in English

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee is £6,200 for 2018/19 entry. There may be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered on its own merit and will be based upon an interview with relevant teaching staff within the University and the Academy of Sinology. The bilingual nature of the programme requires a degree of competency in both Chinese and English.