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The programme is studied over one year (full-time). The academic year consists of two fifteen week semesters, each containing twelve weeks of teaching. The revision and assessment takes place at the end of each semester. While most summative assessment takes place at the end of the semester, some takes place during the teaching period along with a range of formatively assessed exercises, essays and projects. In addition, after successful completion of exams in Semester Two, students proceed to undertake a dissertation.
Students take 180 credits worth of modules. In Semester One students take four core compulsory modules in the analysis of economics theory and policy and quantitative methods, totalling 60 credits. In Semester Two, all students take two required 15 credit modules relating to
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Course Requirements: 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent) with significant economics content.
IELTS Requirements 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).
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.
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.
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