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MSc in China in Comparative Perspective

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Programme Code: TMCHCP

Department: Anthropology

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take one compulsory course, select optional courses to the value of two units, and write a dissertation, as shown below. Attendance at seminars and at non-assessed tutorials is compulsory. 

Students intending to use this degree to convert to a discipline in which they hope to qualify to do a research degree, should choose their options in consultation with the Programme Director to ensure eligibility for the research programme in question.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

AN447 China in Comparative Perspective (1.0)

Papers 2 & 3

Courses to the value of 2.0 unit(s) from the following:


AN402 The Anthropology of Religion (1.0)


AN404 Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography (1.0)


AN405 The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex and Gender (1.0)


AN436 The Anthropology of Development (0.5)


AN451 Anthropology of Politics (0.5)


AN456 Anthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange (0.5)


AN457 Anthropology of Economy (2): Transformation and Globalisation (0.5)


AN479 Anthropology of Law (0.5)


AN480 Public Anthropology (0.5)


AN481 Health and Welfare: Anthropological Perspectives (0.5)


Other Anthropology courses (to the value of 1.0 unit) may be taken, subject to the approval of the Programme Director.


DV411 Population and Development: an Analytical Approach (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV413 Environmental Problems and Development Interventions (0.5) #


DV415 Global Environmental Governance (0.5)


DV432 China in Developmental Perspective (0.5) #


DV444 Global Health Challenges: Epidemics, Disease, and Public Health Response (0.5) #


DV463 Civil society, security and development (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia (1.0) #


EH482 The Origins of the World Economy: Europe and Asia, 1000-1800 (1.0)


EU443 European Models of Capitalism (0.5)


GV432 Government and Politics in China (0.5)


GV467 Introduction to Comparative Politics (0.5)


GV4H1 Chinese Political Thought (0.5) #


GY438 Urban Asia: Cities and Social Change (0.5)


GY480 Remaking China: Geographical aspects of Development and Disparity (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


HY461 East Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1839-1945 (1.0) # A


HY489 China and the External World, 1711-1839 (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


SP418 Global Social Policy and International Organizations (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


Courses to the value of one full-unit from MSc International Relations (Papers 2 & 3), subject to availability and the approval of the relevant course convenor. The following courses would be particularly appropriate:


IR411 Foreign Policy Analysis III (1.0) #


IR445 Global Politics of China (1.0)


IR462 International Political Theory (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR464 The Politics of International Law (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR473 China and the Global South (0.5) B

Paper 4

AN498 Dissertation- MSc China in Comparative Perspective (1.0)


A : Places on HY461 are subject to space.

B : Places on IR473 are subject to space.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.