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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

The Chinese Studies taught MPhil programme is an intense one-year research course with substantial taught elements primarily designed for students who intend to go on to do a PhD in Chinese Studies or related fields at the University of Cambridge or elsewhere.

The course 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 intense training in primary source language(s) and research skills. 

You will already have good reading skills in the Chinese language, which you will be given the opportunity, if necessary, to enhance during your degree. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also be expected to have an excellent command of the English language, evidenced by appropriate English-language test scores. 

For specifics on how to apply, requirements, fees and finance, please see the University Graduate Admissions pages for this course

The course entails:

  • A required, core module, Asia in Theory, in which the Chinese studies team introduces theoretical and methodological approaches across pre-modern and modern Chinese Studies
  • two optional modules providing specialist training relating to the history, literature and culture of pre-modern China
  • a 15,000-word research dissertation on a topic of your choice

Further details of the course elements

In some cases, it is possible to combine options from the Pre-Modern and Modern and Contemporary Chinese Studies pathways. 

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your research interests. Please see the list of Faculty members below. For more general queries about the degree course please contact the Graduate Administrator.

The course provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research for those interested in continuing their academic careers. Graduates have also found employment in a wide range of fields including commerce, international relations, development and charity work, media, the cultural sector and education.

Faculty Members with Research Interests in Pre-Modern Chinese Studies

Reader in Chinese

Regrettably, Dr. Galambos cannot at this moment accept any new graduate 
students.

Research interests: Chinese manuscripts; Dunhuang studies; Tangut studies; history of Chinese writing; contacts between China and Central Asia; Silk Road

On sabbatical: January, 2018 to April, 2019
Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization

Professor Sterckx welcomes proposals for graduate work in fields relating to his research into Classical and literary Chinese language, and pre-imperial and early imperial cultural history and manuscript studies.

Research interests: Classical and literary Chinese language and philology; cultural history of pre-imperial and early imperial China; text and manuscript studies