East Asian Studies - Modern Sinology

University of Göttingen

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The Masters degree programme East Asian Studies - Modern Sinology at University of Göttingen, conceived for 4 semesters in Göttingen, offers students a wide range of specialisation themes about modern China, with "modern China" being defined as including the period from the 18th century to the present. 


Why to study

The objective of this East Asian Studies - Modern Sinology Masters degree programme at University of Göttingen is to combine language and cultural competence relating to China with methods and theories of cultural and social science, with the aim of critically questioning the latter, expanding them and putting them in their cultural context, in order to develop research skills and analytic competence for scientific and executive positions in politics, business and society. A methodical-disciplinary, comparative approach to Chinese studies and research is offered, which enables students to analyse the structures and processes of modern and contemporary China in a systematic, structured way and put them into relationship with comparable phenomena in other regions of the world. The students are to develop the ability to formulate research questions autonomously and answer them using Chinese-language texts as primary and secondary sources.

  • Intensive, advanced training in spoken and written modern Mandarin Chinese
  • Option of a semester abroad
  • Major areas of study are the history, philosophy, religion, politics, society, economy and law of modern China
  • Expansion of knowledge and analytic abilities in a discipline of humanities or social science
  • Application of specialised scientific theories and models to the analysis of modern and contemporary China
  • Preparation for professional careers in all areas requiring excellent linguistic and cultural skills with regard to modern China, to qualify students for intercultural communication as analysts, consultants and mediators

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Philosophy of modern China
  • Society and Economics of modern China
  • Global History, focus on China
  • Didactics of Chinese as a foreign language

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • B.A. degree or equivalent degree.  You will also need 150 C from your BA degree (disregarding the grade) and sufficient knowledge of English, which needs to be demonstrated with different certificates.
  • Evidence of credits in sinology to the extent of at least 120 C must be submitted, including credits totalling at least 24 C from at least two of the following areas: history, religion, politics, society, philosophy, linguistics, economy or law of modern China.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Semester contribution fee: 355 euro


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East Asian Studies - Modern Sinology
University of Göttingen


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