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MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies

MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies

University of Oxford

Wellington Square, Oxford, GB, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree MSc
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 12 months
The MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies is a three-term, twelve-month course offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies designed to provide high quality graduate research training with an emphasis on an appreciation of research methods and on deepening your understanding of contemporary China. Students will develop or extend their knowledge and understanding of:         the key approaches to the social scientific study of modern China         research methods, strategies and ethics that will be of relevance to the social scientific study of China         critical analysis of sources and ability to present findings effectively, both verbally and in sustained writing exercises         framing and executing a workable research topic         interdisciplinary research and its potential. Modules involve lectures as well as seminar or class discussions. Students are expected to have some familiarity with Chinese language. The teaching on the MSc course is built around the two core courses. The first core course, Research Methods, will introduce you to the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting discipline-based approaches to the study of Asia. The second core course, The Study of Contemporary China, teaches foundational knowledge of modern Chinese history, politics and society needed for further study or research in all disciplines, and introduces the different disciplinary approaches to the study of modern China. Students will also choose two option courses and complete a research dissertation of 12,000 words on a research topic of their choosing, subject to approval by the Graduate Studies Committee. Assessment for Research Methods comprises three parts, each weighted equally - a practical exercise in the collection and analysis of qualitative data; a take-home test in quantitative analysis; and a research proposal. The Study of Contemporary China core course is assessed by one unseen three-hour exam, as are most of the option courses.