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China & Globalisation MSc

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Our China and 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, political, 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.
  • Our graduates acquire applicable, state-of-the-art knowledge on Chinese business, economy, state and society, international relations, development, investment and politics
  • 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.

The ‘rise’ of China over the past four decades raises challenging questions about the relationships between politics and market expansion, international cooperation, business innovations, and cultural and social developments. Our course 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 dynamic staff strongly committed to research and education. They combine expertise in Chinese studies with specialisms in different theoretical traditions, including political science, the environment, economics, international relations, sociology and international business. The expertise of the associates of the Lau China Institute spans international law, health and medicine, 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 course. This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London gives you access to the wealth of cultural resources and institutions throughout the capital, as well as experience of life in one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will give you 15-20 hours of lectures and seminars per 15-credit module, and we will expect you to undertake 130-135 hours of independent study per module. For your dissertation, you will typically have 5 hours of one-to-one supervision, and you will undertake 595 hours of independent study to complete a dissertation of up to 12,000 words. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

Module

Lectures, seminars & feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

Typically 15-20 hours.

130-135 hours

Dissertation module

Typically 5 hours of supervision.

595 hours of self-study and project work.

Research methods

Typically 15 hours.

 

135 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Attendance
  • Class participation

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are: 

  • Most 15-credit modules will be assessed by essay(s) or a written examination, and by class participation and attendance. Some modules will also offer writing exercises, take-home exams or oral presentations.
  • One assessment for the Global Institutes Research Methods module will involve writing a dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed on the basis of the dissertation (12,000 words). 

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

China and the Age of Globalisation (30 credits)
Global Institutes Research Methods (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
One external non-China Institute module from the Global Institutes or beyond, or one practical service or leadership module from across the College, such as the Principal’s Global Leadership Award or Applied Global leadership (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Contemporary Chinese Society: Change and Transformation (15 credits)
Doing Business in China (15 credits)
China's International Relations (1949-Present) (15 credits)
Government and Governance in Contemporary China (15 credits)
Contemporary Chinese Politics (15 credits)
China and Global Governance (15 credits)
Economic Policies & Development in Contemporary China (15 credits)
Environment and Health in China (15 credits)
Chinese International Investments (15 credits)
The Mandarin for Research module (a language module for students with high-intermediate to advanced knowledge of Mandarin – placement test at the start of term 1) OR another language module, e.g., in Mandarin, from the Modern Language Centre (15 credits).

If you are studying the part-time course, you are normally advised to take taught modules to the value of 75 credits in total in your first year, including the required module China and the Age of Globalisation. During your second year, you are normally advised to take the final taught module(s) to the value of 45 credits and to submit your dissertation (worth 60 credits). There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This innovative course is designed to offer you 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.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

Additional Costs

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The ‘rise’ of China over the past four decades raises challenging questions about the relationships between politics and market expansion, international cooperation, business innovations, and cultural and social developments. Our course 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 dynamic staff strongly committed to research and education. They combine expertise in Chinese studies with specialisms in different theoretical traditions, including political science, the environment, economics, international relations, sociology and international business. The expertise of the associates of the Lau China Institute spans international law, health and medicine, 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 course. This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London gives you access to the wealth of cultural resources and institutions throughout the capital, as well as experience of life in one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will give you 15-20 hours of lectures and seminars per 15-credit module, and we will expect you to undertake 130-135 hours of independent study per module. For your dissertation, you will typically have 5 hours of one-to-one supervision, and you will undertake 595 hours of independent study to complete a dissertation of up to 12,000 words. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

Module

Lectures, seminars & feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

Typically 15-20 hours.

130-135 hours

Dissertation module

Typically 5 hours of supervision.

595 hours of self-study and project work.

Research methods

Typically 15 hours.

 

135 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Attendance
  • Class participation

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are: 

  • Most 15-credit modules will be assessed by essay(s) or a written examination, and by class participation and attendance. Some modules will also offer writing exercises, take-home exams or oral presentations.
  • One assessment for the Global Institutes Research Methods module will involve writing a dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed on the basis of the dissertation (12,000 words). 

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

China and the Age of Globalisation (30 credits)
Global Institutes Research Methods (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
One external non-China Institute module from the Global Institutes or beyond, or one practical service or leadership module from across the College, such as the Principal’s Global Leadership Award or Applied Global leadership (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Contemporary Chinese Society: Change and Transformation (15 credits)
Doing Business in China (15 credits)
China's International Relations (1949-Present) (15 credits)
Government and Governance in Contemporary China (15 credits)
Contemporary Chinese Politics (15 credits)
China and Global Governance (15 credits)
Economic Policies & Development in Contemporary China (15 credits)
Environment and Health in China (15 credits)
Chinese International Investments (15 credits)
The Mandarin for Research module (a language module for students with high-intermediate to advanced knowledge of Mandarin – placement test at the start of term 1) OR another language module, e.g., in Mandarin, from the Modern Language Centre (15 credits).

If you are studying the part-time course, you are normally advised to take taught modules to the value of 75 credits in total in your first year, including the required module China and the Age of Globalisation. During your second year, you are normally advised to take the final taught module(s) to the value of 45 credits and to submit your dissertation (worth 60 credits). There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This innovative course is designed to offer you 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.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

Additional Costs

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

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