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Master of Chinese Studies (MCS)


Course Description

Programme description

Offering two years of study (double that of most masters programmes) and a funded six-month placement at Fudan University’s prestigious International Cultural Exchange School, this programme draws on a wide range of expertise in Chinese studies.

Catering to students at both the beginner and intermediate language levels, this flexible programme is presented by experts in their respective areas, and places you within a vibrant environment in Edinburgh that actively engages with the Chinese community, both academically and socially.

You’ll develop advanced skills in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and explore aspects of contemporary Chinese society, culture, economy, politics and business.

Programme structure

This programme will provide you with more than 800 hours of language tuition. You will study in interactive multimedia language classes with teachers that include native speakers, in small groups of international students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Language development will be the key focus in your first year, along with four compulsory courses. The first half of your second year will be spent at Fudan University.

Compulsory courses:

Chinese Society and Culture
Politics and Economics after 1978
Option courses may include:

Art and Society in the Contemporary World: China
Chinese Religions
Contemporary Chinese Literature
Corporate Responsibility and Governance in a Global Context
East Asian International Relations
Gender, Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Cinema
Outward Investment from Emerging Markets
The Rule of Law and Human Rights in East Asia

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, you will:

be able to speak, read, write and understand Chinese (Mandarin)
have a good knowledge of modern Chinese history, society and culture, and advanced knowledge of modern politics, economics, business or management
be able to communicate this knowledge effectively in speech and writing
have completed a dissertation on a topic related to contemporary Chinese politics, economics, business or management

Career opportunities

This programme will give you the foundation for a career in China-related business, diplomacy, journalism or culture. Alternatively, your studies may inspire you to continue on to research at a doctoral level, and develop an academic career.

Even if you choose to pursue a career in an alternative field, you’ll find the skills you gain in research, communication, presentation and analysis will give you an edge in the competitive employment marketplace.

Visit the Master of Chinese Studies (MCS) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an appropriate subject. A background in the social sciences and some knowledge of China are helpful but not a requirement. Language learning skills are an advantage.

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