This research-oriented Master’s program in Chinese Studies has been developed for graduates of B.A. programs in the Chinese Studies field (holding a B.A. in Sinology, Chinese Studies or equivalent qualification). It offers in-depth and small-group instruction in Chinese Studies by recognized experts in various fields.
Students will take classes on both pre-modern and contemporary subjects, but will select one of these fields as their specialization. Students’ preferences for particular topics will be taken into account in determining the content of required elective classes (see below). Their research capabilities are strengthened through continuous methodology classes. This enables students to build up their expertise and enables them to undertake their own research in their master thesis.
In addition to providing deep insights into China’s past and present internal dynamics the program equips students with an excellent command of both contemporary Standard Modern Chinese (advanced level) and Classical Chinese as well as with Basic Japanese language skills.
Graduates of this program are well-prepared for conducting further academic research on China at the PhD level or for a broad array of jobs that require analytical skills as well as in-depth knowledge of the country’s history and current developments, such as in the cultural, political, social and economic fields.
The Department of Sinology in Würzburg is keen to support students in special living circumstances (e.g. students with children), and to help them realize their study aim.
The program commences in September and takes place both in Würzburg and in Beijing: during the first two semesters students are based in Würzburg; the third semester is situated at Peking University in China. The final semester is intended for writing the master thesis, again based in Würzburg. The stay abroad at Peking University is obligatory and integrated into the program, the credit points earned in Beijing are an integral part of the course.
The program comprises compulsory language courses and required electives, divided into the following areas of study: