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MSc China in Comparative Perspective

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Anthropology, however teaching contributions come from staff in a range of departments within LSE.  The programme provides an introduction to the study of China, drawing on a range of social science disciplines including anthropology, economic history, international history, sociology, government and international relations.

This programme is aimed at students with a background in the social sciences and a strong interest in China.

It offers the following benefits:

  • Students are taught about China from a comparative social science perspective.
  • Students benefit from LSE's considerable expertise in studies of China and of Asia more generally.

Programme details

A key feature of the MSc is that China is always considered in a comparative and historical framework. So, for example, Chinese economic history might be contrasted with European or Indian economic history or Chinese governmental powers with those found in Europe.

The programme is built around a compulsory core course on China in Comparative Perspective, combining lectures, seminars and tutorial supervision. Additionally you take optional courses to the value of two units and complete a dissertation to be submitted by early September.

Scheduled teaching normally includes three hours of lectures and three hours of seminars per week (depending on options selected), supplemented by fortnightly academic tutorials in groups of two or three students. During the Lent and Summer terms there are additional one-hour seminars to prepare students for dissertation writing.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a list of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme is a good preparation for research work in an academic discipline, but is also appropriate for those with career interests related to China and East Asia (for example, in business or government).



Application code: L6U2 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in social science
(see entry requirements)

Intake/applications in 2013: 25/172

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly

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