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MA Contemporary Chinese Studies

Course Description

A chance to study a UK Masters in China

Enjoying opportunities to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, society and language..

This degree is an exciting and unique opportunity for you to be part of a taught masters programme which develops your knowledge and understanding of a rapidly transforming contemporary China. Designed for postgraduate students with little or no previous knowledge of China, this MA 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.

You will study Mandarin, 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. You will have opportunities for interdisciplinary fieldwork, including visits to key cities and into the Chinese countryside, which will enrich your cultural and linguistic experience and allow you to explore a range of themes and issues relevant for understanding contemporary China.

There is a growing demand among employers for graduates with expertise on China. This degree will prepare you for that as well as for the opportunity to pursue further study for a PhD in Chinese studies.

Unique elements of the degree
• Earn your degree from an English-medium university while studying in China.
• Focus on acquiring knowledge and understanding of contemporary China.
• Undertake extended and in-depth field work and dissertation research in China.
• Benefit from our interdisciplinary field school experience visiting key locations in China.


Compulsory modules

Contemporary China Issues
Research Design and Practice in China
Government and Politics
Dissertation or Internship
The Rise of Modern China
Media and Communications in a Globalising China
Chinese Culture and Society

Optional Group 1
Students must take a minimum of 10 or maximum of 30 credits from the following group:

Chinese Business and Society
Chinese Political Economy
Management for China

Optional Group 2

Subject to the approval of the offering school, students may take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 credits offered by other schools including the Language Centre to bring the total to 180. For international students whose first language is not mandarin Chinese, they can choose to take Mandarin modules. The level will be decided at registration. In considering options offered by other schools, you should make your choices according to your timetable to ensure your options do not clash. You will also need to ensure that you meet the entry requirements and have taken any pre-requisites outlined in the module specifications in the module catalogue. Non-Mandarin speakers coming in above beginners' level will be assessed and recommended to the right level.

This course is also available at our UK campus.

Visit the MA Contemporary Chinese Studies 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

2:1 in any discipline

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