Masters degrees in Chinese History offer advanced study of the historical events which shaped China, from the earliest record of its existenceperiods of its culture in c.1500 BC, to its modern existencegrowth on the world stage.
Related subjects include Asian History as well as specialist postgraduate subjects such as Daoist or Buddhist textual studies and Sinology. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as History or Archaeology.
Courses in the History of China examine the complicated historical past of China’s various empires, and the country’s significance as one of the world’s oldest civilisations.
Studies typically include critical examination of literature and other primary sources, and examination of tangible heritage such as objects and scripture. You may also explore more intangible heritage such as music, song and dance.
The purpose of these courses is to decipher the cultures, philosophies and institutions of the different dynasties of China, its Empire, and its influence on the modern world. So, you might choose to examine China’s ancient military forces, or its modern, multicultural society.
Careers in the field range from scholarly research and academia in roles such as teaching, publishing and archiving, through to official state roles, public policy and journalism.
This programme is based at the University’s Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies, which has an international reputation for research excellence in modern Chinese literature, media and mass culture.
It provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of cultural issues of modern China, and allows you to develop analytical skills as you apply cultural and literary theories to the context of modern China.
You will be trained in the study of Chinese texts, and learn to assess them in the context of current academic discourse in Chinese studies, leading to an understanding of changing perceptions of key issues in Chinese cultural studies.
Over two semesters, you will take compulsory and option courses, plus research skills courses. You will then complete an independently researched dissertation.
Option courses may include:
You will be thoroughly trained in studying modern Chinese texts and in assessing them in the context of current academic discourse in Chinese Studies. You will be able to understand changing perceptions of key issues in Chinese cultural studies and reflect critically on your own academic research.
You will gain a foundation on which you may choose to pursue doctoral studies, potentially leading to an academic career. Your skills will also be suited to a career in a number of fields that are concerned with Chinese issues.
Alternatively, you may choose to apply the transferable skills you gain in project management, research and communication to an unrelated career.