The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, economy, business, politics and culture. There is the flexibility to combine cultural and political studies with introductory or more advanced modules in Mandarin.
Why this programme
-The degree is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of specialists in Chinese politics, economics, business, 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 will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of Chinese society and culture. A variety of scholarships are available to fund or part-fund short-term language study at a Chinese university or language institute.
-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 modules, a free place on one of the Confucius Institute's existing classes is available.
The programme is made up of two core courses, four optional courses, and a dissertation.
-Chinese politics and society
-China in the international economy
Optional courses - The courses are structured into six pathways
Language and Culture
-China’s century of conflict: 1842-1949
-Chinese internship OR language in China
-Gender, culture and text
-Secularisation and society
-Object biographies (History of Art)
Language and Business
-Business environment in China*
-Chinese internship OR language in China
-Contemporary issues in HR*
-Managing strategic change*
*Courses offered by the Adam Smith Business School
Governance and Society
-Comparative public opinion: concepts and applications
-Environmental policies and problems in China
-Understanding public policy
-Challenges in international politics
-China's international politics
-International relations theory
-International security and global politics
-Politics of foreign policy
-Critical perspectives in human rights
-Critical perspectives in securities & vulnerabilities
-Human rights and global politics
-Humanitarian intervention: civilian or sovereignty
-Introduction to social theory for researchers
-Qualitative research methods
-Social science statistics 1
-Social science statistics 2
Your chosen pathway will be named on your student award, eg. MSc Chinese Studies (International Relations). You are free to choose options outside your pathway but we would encourage you to consult with the programme convenor if you plan to do so.
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. With the advice of your supervisor you will develop a topic, undertake primary and secondary research, and write a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation which you will submit in September. The dissertation could form the basis for a PhD thesis.
(*) Students taking the internship/language option have to pay for their own travel, accommodation and fees for the internship placement and/or language course in China. The language options are not available to Chinese nationals.
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. 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.