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MA Contemporary China


Course Description

About the course

This is a highly flexible course that offers a large range of modules in the social sciences that may be combined with Chinese language tuition at a range of levels. The course will cover topics including the Chinese economy, business culture, media, and the politics of the country. At the end of the course you will have a deep understanding of life in modern China.

Your career

Our graduates hold influential positions in business, government, the arts and academia. Some of them are journalists, television producers, interpreters and translators. Others are city brokers and analysts. They work for organisations such as the BBC World Service, BNP Paribas, British Council, British Museum, Deloitte, HarperCollins, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, Nintendo, Siemens, Sony, Toyota and the World Food Programme.

Our expertise

We are one of Europe’s leading centres for the study of China, Japan and Korea. We have links with partner universities in East Asia that support our dynamic research culture. Our academics bring theories, methods and findings from their research to their teaching.

All four of our interdisciplinary research clusters inform what we teach. They are: East Asian Business Environment; East Asian Text and Culture; Human Movement and Development in East Asia; Power, Cooperation and Competition in East Asia.

The Sheffield Confucius Institute, which was named Global Confucius Institute of the year in 2015, explores Chinese language and culture. The Institute offers many opportunities for students to get involved in its activities which will help enhance their learning and deepen their cultural understanding of China.

Develop your skills

You’ll learn how to research and analyse, manage projects, write reports and give effective presentations. You will also have the opportunity to take language modules in Chinese, Japanese or Korean if you wish. Your in-depth knowledge of East Asian countries and your understanding of the region will give you an edge in the careers market.

Specialist resources

Our postgrads have their own study space and IT facilities at the Sir Sze-yuen Chung Resource Centre. The University’s libraries have an extensive selection of texts and online resources in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Options

You can study a shorter course for a Postgraduate Certificate (four months, 60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (nine months, 120 credits). You’ll need 180 credits to get a Masters degree, including 60 credits from your extended project.

Modules

Choose from a range of modules which may include: Political Economy of China; Contemporary Chinese Society and Media; Chinese Cities in Transition; Contemporary Chinese Business and Management; International Business in East Asia; Work and Organisation in East Asia; China and Korea in the Modern World; Chinese language modules (of the appropriate level) Project (core).

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures and small-group seminars. You’re assessed on your essays, exams, presentations and an extended project.

Visit the MA Contemporary China page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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Aidan Teare

"The advanced Chinese course at Sheffield is brilliant. It prepared me so well for the interpreting and translation work I do. The materials are in contemporary Chinese from the Mainland, HK and Taiwan which is hugely beneficial in the business world!"


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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good first degree in any subject. You don’t need prior knowledge of an East Asian language. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.Native speakers of Chinese are welcome to apply to this degree, but you won’t be able to take the optional language modules.

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