University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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MA Contemporary Chinese Studies



The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies is an innovative, exciting and challenging one-year taught masters programme providing you with a deep insight into one of the world’s most dynamic nations. The programme provides total immersion in China while studying through English to the same rigorous high standards as the University of Nottingham in the UK.  

The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies provides you with alternative pathways for applying a range of disciplinary perspectives to the study of Chinese business and society, politics and economics, sustainable development and the environment, media and popular culture, visual and performing arts, or modern Chinese history.

The School of International Studies is recognised as a leader in the provision of high quality, discipline-based research and degree programmes which incorporate the study of China. It trains a new generation of researchers and practitioners by academics conducting cutting-edge research with a focus on Chinese business, economy, geography, media and culture, history, language, law and politics.

Learn Chinese

You can choose to study Mandarin as optional modules, starting at the appropriate level for you – from beginner to advanced – depending on your prior study of the language. You will use what you have learned in a Chinese language and cultural setting.

Your study at Nottingham’s Ningbo China campus will enrich your cultural and linguistic experience and allow you to explore a range of themes and issues relevant for understanding contemporary China.

Contact us

For further information please contact programme coordinator Dr David O'Brien

How to apply

Applications can be made by email, direct to the University. Click here for more details.

Tuition fee

Our one year programme is priced at 90,000 CNY for international applicants and 80,000 CNY for domestic students.


A large number of partial scholarships are on offer for academically talented international students. Take a look at our scholarship schemes.

Entry requirements

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic merits as well as English language proficiency. Please check out the entry requirements.


Course structure 17/18

The module information for 17/18 session is subject to change.

Title Credits Taught
Contemporary China Issues 20 Autumn
Research Design and Practice in China 20 Autumn
Government and Politics of China 10 Autumn
The Rise of Modern China 10 Autumn
Dissertation 60 Full year
Globalisation and Innovation in China 10 Spring
Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society 10 Spring 
Credit total 140  


Optional Group 1 

Students must take a minimum of 10 or maximum of 30 credits from the following group:

Title Credits Taught
Chinese Business and Society 10/15 Spring
Economic Development in Contemporary China 10/15 Spring
Management for China 10/15 Spring
Internship                                                    15 Full Year

Optional Group 2

Subject to the approval of the offering school, students may take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 credits offered by other schools including the Language Centre to bring the total to 180. For international students whose first language is not mandarin Chinese, they can choose to take Mandarin modules. The level will be decided at registration. 

In considering options offered by other schools, you should make your choices according to your timetable to ensure your options do not clash. You will also need to ensure that you meet the entry requirements and have taken any pre-requisites outlined in the module specifications in the module catalogue. Non-Mandarin speakers coming in above beginners' level will be assessed and recommended to the right level.

Detailed module information can be found on the Online Module Catalogue, please search by module code or title.


Hear from our students

The comprehensive but flexible nature of the course appealed to me immediately. My academic background directed me towards discussions of contemporary Chinese thought and its impact on society.  

--- Christian Shepherd,
graduate of the University of Oxford

There are a small number of Masters students, which allows us to have in-depth seminars where we all can put forward our arguments with regards to different Chinese studies topics. 

--- Morgan Banaszek,
graduate of Loyola University Maryland