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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 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 in late August.

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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc China in Comparative Perspective in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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, culture, or government. Graduates of this programme have chosen a variety of careers, including as analysts, consultants, journalists, and government officials.



Application code: L6U2 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time only

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 30/174

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,504; overseas £19,344

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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