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Contemporary Chinese Studies - MA

Course Description

About the course

The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies is an innovative, exciting and challenging one-year taught masters programme providing you with a deep insight into one of the world’s most dynamic nations. The programme provides total immersion in China while studying through English to the same rigorous high standards as the University of Nottingham in the UK.

The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies provides you with alternative pathways for applying a range of disciplinary perspectives to the study of Chinese business and society, politics and economics, sustainable development and the environment, media and popular culture, visual and performing arts, or modern Chinese history.

The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies is recognised as a leader in the provision of high quality, discipline-based research and degree programmes which incorporate the study of China. It trains a new generation of researchers and practitioners by academics conducting cutting-edge research with a focus on Chinese business, economy, geography, media and culture, history, language, law and politics.

Learn Chinese

You can choose to study Mandarin as optional modules, starting at the appropriate level for you – from beginner to advanced – depending on your prior study of the language. You will use what you have learned in a Chinese language and cultural setting.

Your study at Nottingham’s Ningbo China campus will enrich your cultural and linguistic experience and allow you to explore a range of themes and issues relevant for understanding contemporary China.

Course structure

Core modules:

Contemporary China Issues
Research Design and Practice in China
Government and Politics of China
The Rise of Modern China
Globalisation and Innovation in China
Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society

Students will also get the opportunity to study some of the modules from the list below:

Chinese Business and Society
Economic Development in Contemporary
Management for China

Postgraduate scholarships

To encourage academic excellence, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) offers a comprehensive and expanding range of scholarships to postgraduate students. For more information please click the link below


Visit the Contemporary Chinese Studies - MA page on the University of Nottingham in China website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Christian Shepherd

2868.jpg Studying for an MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo combines a diverse range of my personal and academic interests.

A childhood spent attending international school in Beijing instilled a fascination with Chinese culture that lay dormant while I completed high school in North Yorkshire, UK but resurfaced towards the end of my Philosophy and Psychology undergraduate at Oxford.

The comprehensive but flexible nature of the course appealed to me immediately. My academic background directed me towards discussions of contemporary Chinese thought and its impact on society - specifically, considering the tenability of Chinese exceptionalism and the conceptual construction of 'political legitimacy' in the Chinese context.

In tandem to pure academic discussion, the course also provides a springboard toward my intended career in China related journalism.

Last but not least, the settings of the Ningbo campus are an invaluable addition to the course itself - creating greater opportunities for original research, language improvement and true immersion in contemporary China.

(Student Profile)

Morgan Banaszek

2869.jpg After a year spent working in Inner Mongolia, I knew that I wanted to return to China and attempt to understand the many socio-economic complexities, which led to its rapid transformation, and increasing influence in the world. As I also had a keen interest in furthering my Mandarin skills, I chose to pursue my Masters in Contemporary Chinese Studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. In the modern city of Ningbo, I could study contemporary China whilst living and socialising. Whether you have an extensive knowledge of China or just a general interest, this course challenges all types of students.

The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies regularly holds extra-curricular lectures and seminars, often lead by external and renowned speakers, related to a diverse range of relevant topics. This provides more opportunity to learn about China from other angles and cover topics not discussed in our mandatory courses. In the academic setting, there are a large number or contact hours between the staff and the student, making a relaxed and productive study environment. There are a small number of masters students, which allows us to have in-depth seminars where we all can put forward our arguments with regards to different Chinese studies topics. The head of our school Xiaoling Zhang, is also our Taiji master outside of the classroom, demonstrating one of the many social opportunities available on campus. Overall, I would recommend this masters programme to anyone who wants the unique opportunity of furthering their academic understanding of China, while experiencing first hand daily life.


Ningbo Govt.International Student Scholarships for Acacemic Excellence - 15 Awards

There are approximately 15 scholarships of 30,000 CNY (approx 3,000 GBP) available for masters applicants.Students who would like to apply for this scholarship will need to prepare their documents and submit to the Recruitment & Admissions Office by 31st May 2015

Value of Scholarship(s)

GBP 3,000 (approximate based on exchange rate)


Candidates must have a 2:1 or higher (or equivalent) and meet English Language requirements.

Application Procedure

Students must complete a separate application and provide a separate personal statement in addition to applying for a Master's programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Ningbo China High Achievers Scholarship - 20+ Awards

High academic achievers will be rewarded through a 20,000 CNY (approx. 2,100 GBP) scholarship towards their tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Approx GBP 2,100


All applicants are automatically assessed for an award. The top 25 applications (submitted prior to the deadline) will be made a scholarship offer.

Application Procedure

No separate application required after a course application is submitted.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Last Updated

08 June 2017

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