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The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, politics and culture and is the only one-year Masters degree on contemporary China in Scotland. There is the flexibility to combine cultural and political studies with introductory or more advanced courses in Mandarin.

Why this programme

  • The degree is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of specialists in Chinese politics, culture and history, as well as seminars, workshops and lectures delivered by the University's Scottish Centre for China Research.
  • You can spend eight weeks (May to July) in China, where you can complete an internship of your choosing, study Mandarin intensively or take a summer course involving travel to some of China's most ancient cities.
  • Glasgow boasts a number of China-focused organisations and events you can get involved with, including the Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow and the Scottish Centre for China Research, which brings together scholars undertaking cutting edge research on China.
  • You are encouraged to learn Chinese language at the level appropriate to your ability. For those not taking credit-bearing language courses, a free place on one of the Confucius Institute's existing classes is available.

Programme structure

You will take two core and four optional courses, and submit a dissertation. The dissertation is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in China and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the programme.

Core courses

  • Chinese politics and society
  • Culture and tradition in modern China.

Optional courses may include

  • Business environment in China
  • China and the West: Intellectuals and knowledge dynamics
  • China's century of conflict: 1839-1949
  • China's international politics
  • Chinese internship or language study in China
  • Chinese language level 1 or 2
  • Environmental policies and problems in China
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This programme is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career involving China, whether in the business world, public services, the arts and media or as preparation for further academic study through PhD study. Our alumni have also gone on to successful careers as public affairs consultants, advertising and PR managers, as well as in secondary school education and the charity sector. The programme has helped graduates develop international perspective, critical thinking and writing skills, and also smoothed the path to living and working in the Far East.

More Information on this Programme


Visit the Chinese Studies - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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