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Our China & Globalisation MSc provides an introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise from comparative and global perspectives. It will equip you with the conceptual and research tools necessary for the critical analysis of China’s social and economic trends, and support your understanding of Chinese public policies, business strategies and modes of international cooperation.

Key benefits

  • Offers you a theoretically informed understanding of contemporary China, focusing on the interactions of economic, political and social factors for sustainable development.
  • A wide range of optional modules which draw on expertise from across King’s.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, and previous knowledge of China and Chinese languages is not necessary.
  • You can substitute one taught module for an internship and a related written assignment where available. Our Internships Office will help in identifying suitable opportunities.


The ‘rise’ of China over the past three decades raises challenging questions about the relationships between politics and market expansion, international cooperation, business innovations, and cultural and social developments. Our course will provide you with the conceptual and research tools to critically understand these relationships from comparative and global perspectives.

Our MSc is based in our Lau China Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. They combine expertise in Chinese history and politics with specialisms in different theoretical traditions, including political science, the environment, economics, international relations, sociology and international business and coporate governance. 

The expertise of the associates of the Lau China Institute spans international trade law, healthcare regulation and biomedicine innovations, film and media, and military and maritime strategies.

Our course is designed to provide you with high quality graduate research training for a career related to China. It aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of contemporary China and familiarise you with major research methods currently used in the field of China studies. Our MSc is a platform both for further graduate work or enhancing your employment prospects. You do not need language or subject knowledge to begin this course.

Course format and assessment


We will give you 20 hours of lectures and seminars per 20-credit module, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will have six hours of one-to-one or group supervision, and you will undertake 596 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Per 20 credit module:

Lectures, seminars & feedback: Typically 20 hours.

Self-study: 180 hours.

Dissertation module:

Lectures, seminars & feedback: Six contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

Self-study: 596 hours hours of self-study and project work.


Most modules will be assessed by essay or a written examination and by class participation and attendance. An oral presentation will be required if you fail the participation and attendance component. The dissertation module assessment will be on the dissertation alone (up to 12,000 words).

The required module Governing China and the Age of Globalisation will be assessed by an unseen three hour examination and a participation element.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 100 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Career prospects

This innovative course is designed to offer you practical and transferable skills for careers including academic research; entrepreneurship in public services and the private sector, including finance and investment, media and publishing; and leadership roles in international organisations and NGOs.

Visit the China and Globalisation MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!