Master of 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 Master of China Studies aims to produce a new generation of leaders equipped with a more holistic comprehension of Australia’s most important two-way trading partner, providing advanced and specialist training in the field of China Studies.

Designed for those with a keen interest in China who may not have previously studied this diverse country, our unique degree covers the breadth of China’s society and culture, as well as its history and development. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas including business, health, history (ancient and modern), law, society, and politics. Students undertaking the Law specialisation may also be able to enrol in the Law School’s Winter and Summer off-shore 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 you gain a deeper appreciation of China Studies, you’ll acquire or improve your language skills. Another important element of the degree is its dissertation component. Native Chinese speakers will concentrate on improving their English language skills for an academic or professional setting.

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

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Units of study

Unit of Study Information

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

The Master of China Studies requires the satisfactory completion of 96 credit points. All students must take the foundational unit CHSC6901 Fundamentals of China Studies and must complete methods units SCLG6902 Doing Social Research and SCLG6918 Introductory Quantitative Methods. (Students undertaking the Public Health specialisation may take PUBH5500 Introducing Qualitative Health Research and MEDF5005 Health Research Methods in place of SCLG6902 and SCLG6918 respectively.) Students who wish to develop their Chinese language skills may undertake up to 4 Units of Study in this area, however, those with satisfactory Chinese language skills may substitute those Units of Study for China Studies Elective Units of Study. All students must undertake a minimum of 2 China Studies Elective Units of Study along with 3 China Studies Specialisation Units of Study and Dissertation 1A (6cp), Dissertation 1B (6cp) and Dissertation 2 (12cp) in their chosen areas of specialisation.

Progression rules

Candidates of the Master of China Studies must have completed (and passed units accruing to) 48 credit points before they are allowed to enrol in the Capstone units. Typically those 48 credit points will include 1 foundational unit, 3 core advanced units, 2 methods units and 2 language units. Failure to pass any single unit of study requires the candidate to retake the unit without credit or exemption for work previously completed.

Capstone experience

The Capstone component of the Master of China Studies will consist of 3 culminating units that will lead on to the production of a dissertation of 18,000 to 20,000 words. The dissertation represents the most appropriate option for students in the MChinaStud to draw together the learning that took place during the award, to synthesise new content from independent research, and to draw conclusions that can form the basis for further research-based studies (PhD in China Studies), and/or further professional growth.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of China Studies will have a competitive edge over other Masters 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. The Chinese language component will make it easy for graduates to work within China or with Chinese businesses. The Master of China studies also allows graduates the opportunity to further their research by continuing on to a PhD.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of 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

For entry into this degree students must have completed:

a) A bachelor’s degree or higher award from the University of Sydney or a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average or relevant, recent professional qualifications and experience 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.

b) English language requirements for entry into this course is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.0. TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 600 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in writing. TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 100 overall including a minimum result of 22 in reading, listening and speaking and 23 in writing.

c) No previous Chinese language knowledge is required to apply for this course.

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.

We have also estimated an additional $100 per year for stationery and miscellaneous expenses.

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

In addition to relation expenses, which will vary significantly according to individual students’ expectations and means, 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.

We have also estimated an additional $100 per year for stationery and miscellaneous expenses.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of China Studies.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of China Studies.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, 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 2013 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 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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

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.