Graduate Diploma in China Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

China’s relationship to Australia and to the rest of the world is key to our global future. The Graduate Diploma in China Studies aims to produce a new generation of leaders equipped with a more comprehensive understanding of Australia’s most important two-way trading partner, providing specialist training in the field of China Studies.

Given the growing importance of China in most aspects of global interactions, employers in all areas of the economy are seeking employees with a comprehensive understanding of China. Our course serves this demand by providing you with a more sophisticated understanding of the country, enabling you to work effectively in a variety of sectors and professions interacting with China.

Designed for those with a keen interest in China who may not have previously studied this diverse country, our unique course covers the breadth of China’s history, society, culture and development along with Chinese language acquisition. Part of the language component may be undertaken in China, through two intensive language programs run in collaboration with Fudan and Peking Universities.

You will also specialise in a specific aspect of China throughout your study, choosing between business, health, history (ancient and modern), law, society, or politics. Students undertaking the Law specialisation may also be able to enrol in the Sydney Law School’s winter and summer offshore programs in the cities of Shanghai and Wuhan, China.

Currently, no other Australian university offers a Master of China Studies, and our course draws on the expertise of the largest pool of academics in the field from across a wide range of disciplines. This degree is also particularly attractive for those seeking entry into the University’s esteemed China Studies doctoral program, as an important element of the degree is its dissertation component.

Course outline

Unit of Study Information

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in China Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

i. 6 credit points foundational unit of study
ii. 18 credit points of core advanced units of study
iii. 12 credit points methods units of study, and
iv. 12 credit points language units of study

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates have a competitive edge over other master’s graduates in the fields of Politics, Society, History, Law, Business or Public Health as they will have specialised knowledge of those streams in how they relate to or operate in China. In addition, the Chinese language component will make it easy for graduates to work within China or with Chinese businesses. This degree also allows graduates the opportunity to further their research by continuing on to a PhD.

Further study

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in China Studies who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a credit average or higher award from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

(b) completion of the requirements of the embedded Graduate Certificate in this discipline with a credit (65 percent) average, or qualifications deemed by the China Studies Centre to be equivalent.

(c) relevant, recent professional qualifications and experience may be assessed as suitable for admission by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences under the provision for exceptional circumstances outlined in the Coursework Rule.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Ancillary expenses

We estimate that students will spend up to approximately $200 per year on course materials such as readers. It should be noted, however, that most of the material in those readers will also be available online through the University Library for free, so these expenses may not be incurred, dependent upon the combination of Units of Study undertaken by students.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, of (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Ancillary expenses for international students

We estimate that students will spend up to approximately $200 per year on course materials such as readers. It should be noted, however, that most of the material in those readers will also be available online through the University Library for free, so these expenses may not be incurred, dependent upon the combination of Units of Study undertaken by students.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.