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MSt in Traditional China

MSt in Traditional China

University of Oxford

Wellington Square, Oxford, GB, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
    2
  • Degree MSt
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 9 months
The MSt in Traditional China provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills needed for research on pre-modern and early modern China. It is designed to stand independently as a one-year qualification which can lead on to further study elsewhere, but also to provide the standard training required of graduate students here in Oxford aiming at a thesis degree in pre-modern and early modern Chinese Studies. There are several elements included in this course. The first is the close reading of selected texts which bear on their area of special interest. The selection will be carefully worked out during the first term of the course and will balance your needs with those of other students working in similar areas. The second is a basic course in Japanese or another specialist language relevant to the research topic, if taught at Oxford. The teacher for the Japanese course will be a native Japanese instructor. The third element is an introduction to Sinology. This deals with the procedures of chronology, geography, bureaucracy, biography and bibliography in the context of traditional Chinese studies. The aim here is not so much to transmit information as to lead them away from a dependent, passive approach towards a questioning and free-standing research style. The final element is a 15,000-word dissertation on an approved topic of their choice, based on primary sources. Students will be evaluated during the third term, through a combination of examination papers in prepared texts and unprepared translation in Classical Chinese or another approved Asian language, a take-home research exercise, and a dissertation. An oral examination (viva voce) may also be required.