University of Sheffield

School of East Asian Studies

MA Chinese Studies


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Chinese Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA Chinese Studies offers a flexible range of units in the social sciences combined with rigorous language tuition at beginners´, intermediate and advanced levels.

Students may choose from units on contemporary society and politics. These will address such questions as:

  • How far should we see human rights as nationally or culturally specific, and how does this affect our understanding of ‘rights’ in China?
  • How does China’s contemporary consumer culture serve as a site for the negotiation of social identity? How far does this echo the practices of the early modern era?
  • Can we, and should we, challenge the centrality of ‘revolution’ to twentieth century Chinese history?

Students taking intermediate and advanced Chinese may also choose from modules on politics and economy in the East Asian context, or take the independent study unit `Issues in East Asian Studies´ to produce an extended essay on a question selected from one of their other module choices.

The language programme develops both practical competence and strategies for further independent study. Beginners will leave with an understanding of all core grammatical structures, a vocabulary of around 1500 Chinese characters, the ability to apply this knowledge in speaking, reading and writing, and the basic skills needed to read a newspaper. Students of intermediate and advanced Chinese will develop a broad range of skills through discussion, analysis and translation of current materials from the Chinese press, journals, government publications and fiction, and will produce a portfolio of independent work.

Diploma (9 months) and Certificate (4 months) options are also available for this programme – please contact us for further details.



We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS with average 7.0 or TOEFL 91 (internet test)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 13990 GBP

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