China Studies

English Taught Program-
Master Program of China Studies

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 three-year master’s program will be fully taught in English. 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 

    In the third year, students must finish their master’s thesis, and defend it in the sixth term (in mid-May). They can also begin their Master thesis in the second year if they can satisfy the requirement for academic course credits. 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

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    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            



    MCS Program Office, Department of International Affairs