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China & Globalisation MSc

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Our China & Globalisation MSc provides an introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise from comparative and global perspectives. It will equip you with the conceptual and research tools necessary for the critical analysis of China’s social and economic trends, and support your understanding of Chinese public policies, business strategies and modes of international cooperation. 


Key benefits

  • Offers you a theoretically informed understanding of contemporary China, focusing on the interactions of economic, political and social factors for sustainable development.
  • A wide range of optional modules which draw on expertise from across King’s.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, and previous knowledge of China and Chinese languages is not necessary.
  • You can substitute one taught module for an internship and a related written assignment where available. Our Internships Office will help in identifying suitable opportunities.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake No set number

Course leaders Dr Jan Knoerich, Lecturer, Lau China Institute

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

 

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentLau China Institute

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Description

The 'rise' of China over the past three decades raises challenging questions about the relationships between politics and market expansion, international cooperation, business innovations, and cultural and social developments. Our programme will provide you with the conceptual and research tools to critically understand these relationships from comparative and global perspectives.

Our MSc is based in our Lau China Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. They combine expertise in Chinese history and politics with specialisms in different theoretical traditions, including political science, economics, international relations, social anthropology and international business and corporate governance. 

The expertise of the associates of the Lau China Institute spans international trade law, healthcare regulation and biomedicine innovations, film and media, and military and maritime strategies.

Our course is designed to provide you with high-quality graduate research training for a career related to China. It aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of contemporary China and familiarise you with major research methods currently used in the field of China studies. Our MSc is a platform both for further graduate work or enhancing your employment prospects. You do not need language or subject knowledge to begin this programme.

Course purpose

Our course is designed to provide you with high-quality graduate research training if you have a career interest related to China. It aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of contemporary China and instil familiarity with major research methods currently used in the field of China studies. Combining the intellectual endeavour associated with advanced learning and the practical implications of policymaking and business management, our MSc supports you in carrying out further graduate work and in obtaining specialised knowledge of modern China to enhance your employment prospects. There are no disciplinary or language prerequisites for entry to the programme.

Course format and assessment

Our programme consists of 180 credits: a 60-credit dissertation, 60 credits of taught core and compulsory modules, and 60 credits of optional modules.

Most 20-credit modules will be assessed by a 4,000-word essay (85% of marks) and by class participation and attendance (15%), or by an oral presentation if the participation and attendance component is failed. The dissertation module assessment will be on the dissertation alone (up to 12,000 words). 

If you are undertaking an internship you will be expected to complete a working period of no less than 15 days and be assessed on the basis of an essay.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules
The MSc programme is designed as a one-year full-time or two-year part-time taught programme.
Optional Modules

An indicative list of optional modules is included below. In addition to the modules taught and supervised by China Institute staff, a range of options from other departments are available. Availability of optional modules may change from one academic year to the next - please contact us if you have a query about any one module in particular.

Non-native Chinese speaking students will be encouraged to undertake Mandarin language training at the Modern Language Centre.

An academic tutor will be assigned to each student, providing regular consultation and guidance on the choice of optional modules to advance their knowledge and transferable skills.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent).

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please submit a one-page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and, if relevant, your career plans. Please include details of your previous exposure to China, eg through coursework on your undergraduate degree, language studies, career interests or time spent in Chinese-speaking countries.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit                                                   

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

This innovative programme is designed to offer students practical and transferable skills for careers including academic research; entrepreneurship in public services and the private sector, including finance and investment, media and publishing; and leadership roles in international organisations and NGOs.

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