M.Sc. On Campus

Contemporary Chinese Studies

University of Oxford

12 months
26940 GBP/year
22630 GBP/year
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The Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford is a three-term, twelve-month course offered jointly by the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) and the Faculty of Oriental Studies designed to provide high quality graduate research training with an emphasis on an appreciation of research methods and on deepening your understanding of contemporary China.


You will develop or extend your knowledge and understanding of:

  • the key approaches to the social scientific study of modern China
  • research methods, strategies and ethics that will be of relevance to the social scientific study of China
  • critical analysis of sources and ability to present findings effectively, both verbally and in sustained writing exercises
  • framing and executing a workable research topic
  • interdisciplinary research and its potential.

The Contemporary Chinese Studies from The University of Oxford is built around the two core courses. The first core course, Research Methods, will introduce you to the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting discipline-based approaches to the study of Asia.

Graduate destinations

Graduate pathways after the MSc typically fall into one of three categories. The first group move on to further academic study, either in China in order to further enhance their language and cultural skills at leading universities, or by pursuing doctoral study in key disciplines, either here at Oxford or at other top-ranked universities worldwide.

The second path taken by the department’s graduates involves government and public service at international institutions, government agencies and prominent NGOs, usually with a direct focus on China or the East Asia region as part of the brief for their positions.

The third pathway chosen by graduates typically involves major private sector firms in industry or finance, commercial research agencies and international consulting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • The Study of Contemporary China
  • Assessment for Research Method

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 1,000 words
  • Written work: Two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each or one essay of a maximum of 4,000 words
  • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, generally academic

Tuition Fee

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    22630 GBP/year
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Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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