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Chinese Daoist Textual Studies (MA)

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Full time


24 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Chinese Languages China: Studies

Course type


Course Summary

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.

Course Overview

This Programme will focus on advanced-level engagement with both traditional Chinese language and Chinese Daoist texts and the spiritual, cultural and political values and practices that they embody.

Research Methodology for the Study of Sinology (SICH7023) will focus on enhancing the study of Sinology and the understanding of Classical Chinese language and methodologies such as textual criticism, commentary, and textual analysis.

Daoist Text Studies 1: “Daodejing” (SICH7026) will enable students to engage in a detailed study of the key Daoist text the Daodejing and related commentaries, realising the influence of Daodejing in both ancient and modern Chinese thought and social and cultural practices, particularly the importance of Daoism.


An MA degree in Chinese Daoist Textual Studies involves a wide range of assessment methods. Assessment will be both English medium and in the medium of Ancient Chinese, dependent on the particular module being studied.

Assessment methods include essays, translation into modern Chinese or English, translation with annotation or critical commentary, oral presentation, teaching placement portfolio and, of course, the dissertation.

This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

Career Opportunities

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.

The 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.


SICH7029 Readings from the Governing Principles of Ancient China
SICH7028 Interpretation of The Four Books
SICH7027 Daoist Text Studies 2: “Zhuangzi” 
SICH7004 Classical Chinese Texts in English
SICH7022 Dissertation
SICH7023 Research Methodologies for the Study of Sinology
SICH7026 Daoist Text Studies 1: “Daodejing”

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Entry requirements

Each application 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.

University information

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest higher education institution in Wales and one of the newest. In 2022 it will celebrate 200 years since the original Lampeter campus was founded in 1822. Its 1828 Royal Charter is the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. A merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen in 2010, followed by Swansea Metropolitan University joining...more

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