Our MPhil programme in Chinese Studies is offered as a one-year programme which aims to give postgraduate students an opportunity to develop their analytical, research and writing skills in preparation for further academic research or entry to professions requiring such skills. It is designed for highly motivated future researchers who have a substantial undergraduate background in Chinese Studies or related fields but need more exposure to topic-specific or discipline-based analytical frameworks and more intensive training in primary source language(s) and research skills. This MPhil is only suitable for those with demonstrable experience and ability in independent academic research. This MPhil programme is taken by thesis only. This entails working closely with one supervisor throughout the year on a thesis of not more than 25,000 words to be submitted in mid-August. Learning Outcomes At the end of the MPhil programme, students will be expected to have:
- acquired the ability to read, interpret and translate primary sources in Modern and/or Classical Chinese;
- acquired a good knowledge of the general scholarship on modern and/or pre-modern Chinese culture(s);
- acquired an in-depth knowledge of the secondary literature relevant to the subject of their thesis;
- developed the ability to formulate original research questions and produce a well-constructed argument to answer them, in the form of an independent piece of research based on the use of primary and secondary sources; and
- developed independent archival and library- and internet-based research skills concomitant with successful completion of a Masters-level degree in Chinese Studies.
The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Chinese Studies) is conducted entirely by research. All prospective MPhil applicants are advised to peruse the staff profiles on our website to familiarise themselves with the research and teaching interests of staff members. Applicants should contact potential supervisors by email and discuss potential MPhil dissertation topics. All students doing a thesis-only MPhil can, and are welcome to, participate in relevant MPhil classes.
Thesis / Dissertation Students will submit a thesis of not more than 25,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil theses must include a brief abstract at the start of the thesis of no more than 400 words. Students must have a viva examination (oral examination), which is normally held in September.
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. High II.i or a first at BA level from a UK university or equivalent. Good working knowledge (oral and written) of Modern Chinese.
Fees and funding
No fee information has been provided for this course