SDU Master of China Studies in English
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What is the program about?

“China Studies” is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study area which combines sinology with contemporary China studies to form a new disciplinary. Its China Studies Master program (MCS) focuses on the study of understanding China from economic, political and cultural perspectives by applying multiple methodologies such as humanities and social sciences. It contains not only the study of Chinese history and culture, but also the study on Chinese contemporary issues. The program is dedicated to educate those who become the professionals with broad knowledge and deep understanding of China.

How long does the program last?

The master’s program will be fully taught in English, and it will take one to three year due to students’ study performance. Upon the completion of the program, graduates will earn a Master’s Degree of Law, recognized by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in humanities and arts. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Program Structure

Core Courses  

Transformation of Contemporary Chinese Society

Review and Prospects of Chinese Economic Reform

Introduction to Chinese Social History

Development of Chinese Higher Education

Introduction to Chinese Law

Chinese Culture and Philosophy

China’s Politics and Government

Elective Courses (6 modules + Culture Experience)

1. Politics :

International Relations of East Asia

Diplomacy of Contemporary China

China’s Public Policy

China’s Social Welfare and Social Policy

2. Economics :

China’s Trade and Foreign Direct Investment

Financial System of Contemporary China

Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Western Financial Systems and Institutions

Industrial and Competition Polices in China

3. Literature & Media

Intercultural Communication in the Chinese Context

Cultural Differences in Screen and Literature

Contemporary Chinese Media and Movies

Understanding China through its fiction

4. History & Geography through the Study of Tourism

Chinese Gastronomy Tourism

Tourism Management in China

Appreciating the Culture of China through Tourism

Western Influence on Chinese Culture after the Sixteenth Century

5. Law

Chinese Intellectual Property Law

Chinese Corporate Law

Chinese Civil Law

Chinese Legal Culture

6. Philosophy

Early Confucianism

The Wisdom of Laozi and Zhuangzi

The Zhouyi (or Yijing) Book of Changes and Traditional Chinese Culture

Chinese Buddhism

7. Culture Experience

Ancient Chinese Characters

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Martial Arts

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Credit Requirements

The total credits for the program are no less than 30, in which no less than 18 credits are for compulsory (core) courses. Shandong University recognizes the courses and the credits of the same or similar courses from its cooperative institutions. The Chinese language courses taught at the SDU cooperative institutions and the credits can also be recognized. The total number of the recognized transferred credits is not exceeded up to 12 credits, among which no more than 3 credits are of specialized courses.

Master’s Thesis

They can begin their Master thesis if they can satisfy the requirement for academic course credits. The academic degree will be conferred after the completion of the thesis and the thesis defense. Students must work closely with their supervisors to define focused topics, which should be oriented in solving academic problems. Students should also be independently conducted and actively engaged in research activities under the supervision of their supervisors.


A list of scholarships for prospective and current students can be found at

Highlights of the Program

cross-disciplinary and Inter-cultural concepts

A balanced mixture of theoretical research and practical social work

“Second classroom”: Professional tours of Beijing, Shanghai, etc.

Innovative course designs cater to the needs of students and partner universities


Registration Fee: 400 RMB   Tuition: 32,000RMB/year   Medical Insurance: 800RMB/year

Online Application

“Online Application System” is available for prospective international students, and please access to for getting more details, submitting application and tracking application status.

Contact Information

International Admission Office  

Department of International Affairs            


Tel: +86-(0)531 88364854          

MCS Program Office, Department of International Affairs

Phone: +86 (0)531-88365795  

Fax: +86 (0)531-88565051



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