Chinese Studies (Health and Humanity) MA


This two-year programme is intended for non-Chinese speakers who wish to gain further understanding and develop expertise in a range of subjects concerned with Chinese health and well-being and the impact of China, historically and in the present day, on health around the world. Intensive Chinese language training is provided.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

This new MA offers an interdisciplinary approach to health in China including the history and culture of medicine in China, population studies, the built and natural environment, climate change, law and medical ethics, public health and policy making. Intensive Chinese language training, including optional summer courses in China, is provided.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research.


This two-year MA has a total value of 360 credits. In year one students obtain a total of 150 credits; in year two, a total of 210 credits. Year One: Core course (15 credits) Language (60 credits) History (30 credits) and three options (45 credits). Year Two: Language (60 credits) Dissertation (120 credits) and two options (30 credits).

Core Modules

  • Year One
  • Core Course: An Interdisciplinary Approach to China: Health and Humanity
  • Modern Standard Chinese
  • History of China: Society and Culture

  • Year Two
  • Dissertation (see below)
  • Modern Standard Chinese Part II

Options

  • Summer courses in Peking University and School of Medical Humanities
  • History of Chinese Medicine I: the Classical World and its Legacy
  • History of Chinese Medicine II: from Song Public Health to the Chinese Medical Diaspora
  • Chinese Health and Heritage
  • Chinese Law and Health
  • Chinese Film and the Body
  • Chinese Nutrition: History, Culture and Society
  • Elective Modules within SOAS, Institute of Global Health, and Anthropology
  • Suitable elective module from other departments at UCL
  • NB: Not all options will be available every year.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–18,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught by specialists in the field and is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, presentations, workshops and language classes. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

UCL History Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

The Furlong Memorial Trust will award a bursary each year for the best application to the MA Ancient History with an interest in studying the near east.

MARS Studentship

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Margaret Drower Studentship

James Henderson Studentship

History Overseas Bursary

For prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The two-year programme is intended for non-Chinese speakers who wish to learn about the language, history and culture of China, especially in relation to health.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Chinese Studies (Health and Humanity) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Chinese Studies (Health and Humanity) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

This programme aims to train the next generation of professionals in the interdisciplinary approaches and skills necessary for understanding and improving population and individual health in China and internationally. It will be invaluable for all those intending to work in professions with an interest in Chinese health, broadly conceived: health systems and reform, the health environment, integrated health, in NGOs and multilateral organisations as policymakers, administrators, and workers in the field. It will also prepare students to work in art and media where Chinese health issues are concerned.

The first cohort of students on this new programme will graduate after 2014 therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Joanna Fryer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1340

Department

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