Although this programme is based in the Department of Anthropology, it brings together LSE’s considerable multi-disciplinary expertise on China for the benefit of students seeking a comparative perspective of the country. It draws on a range of social science disciplines to examine China’s politics, international relations, economic history, society and culture.
A key feature of the MSc is that China is always considered in a comparative and historical framework. For example, you will be asked to compare and contrast China with India, and with the countries of modern Europe, in addition to other appropriate comparators.
The MSc is an ideal preparation for those with career interests related to China, in business, government, or cultural exchange. It is also provides a strong foundation for further research at PhD level in anthropology, economic history, government, international relations or social policy.
The programme is a good preparation for research work in an academic discipline, but is also appropriate for those with career interests related to China and East Asia, for example, in business or government. Graduates of this programme have chosen a variety of careers, including as analysts, consultants, journalists, and government officials.
As a postgraduate student from the United States, I wanted the chance to study abroad in an institution that offered world-class academic rigor located in the heart of a vibrant city. Furthermore, LSE is a leading institution for my course, China in Comparative Perspective, and carries with it the long tradition associated with great scholars who have paved the way for future students and aspiring social scientists.
Studying in London also presents many opportunities for exploring the rest of the UK, Europe, and even North Africa. Its proximity to other neighbouring global cities makes it a convenient portal for a quick break to nearby destinations. However, my favourite part about LSE is the opportunity to be immersed in thinking and scholarly pursuits amongst experts and professionals in their fields of study. I also enjoy the numerous opportunities to see world leaders who come to LSE to speak about their country's goals and initiatives.
Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study.The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need.The intention of the Graduate Support Scheme is to support students who would otherwise struggle to come to LSE for financial reasons. The numbers of applicants in this category vary from year to year; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible because funds are limited. Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.
Value of Scholarship(s)
The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants.
Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.
We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.
If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please do not contact us if it is less than 4 weeks since you submitted your application.
The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Value of award varies
Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria.
Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.
You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete the application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for.