Chinese Health and Humanity MA

London, Bloomsbury

This one-year programme is intended for graduates of Chinese Studies programmes and native Chinese speakers who wish to gain further understanding and develop expertise in a range of subjects concerned with Chinese health and wellbeing and the impact of China, historically and in the present day, on health around the world.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This MA offers an interdisciplinary approach to health in China including history of medicine in China, population studies, the built and natural environment, climate change, law and medical ethics, public health and policymaking. Intensive training in academic English and translation is provided.

Who this course is for

The one-year programme is intended for graduates of Chinese Studies programmes and native Chinese speakers who wish to learn more about the latest approaches to research on health and humanity as it relates to China, including graduate students following a PhD programme in China who wish to spend a year abroad during their studies.

What this course will give you

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 academics. 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, the Institute of Historical Research, the Wellcome Library and SOAS.

The foundation of your career

Graduates from the MA will be well-prepared to take advantage of job opportunities that are also available to graduates from the UCL Institute for Global Health and UCL Anthropology, but with the added advantage of expertise in China: health administration policy and consultancy, health law, in bilateral and multiliteral organisations, NGOs, built and natural environment, climate change, health research in China and the UK. The programme also aims to create new expertise in China's health culture that will open up job opportunities as China begins a rapid programme of developing private healthcare partnerships.

Employability

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 including: 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.

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 direct reading. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays and the dissertation.

Modules

Full-time

Our MA in China Health and Humanity is designed to further develop understanding and 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. You will be exposed to historical and cultural approaches to concepts of health and therapeutics in the classical world and their legacy. You will study health from the point of view of population studies, the built and natural environment, law and medical ethics, public health and policy making. Historically, China will be understood as an open empire, taking into account the people who have lived on its margins, and its millennia of connections along the Silk Roads, on maritime routes, international health diplomacy and the recent Chinese medical diaspora.  The Confucian concept of ren 仁, that which makes individual and societies ‘human’ or ‘humane’, is at the centre of contemporary Chinese ethical discourse. While taking on challenging differences of opinion, the programme begins with the premise that China and the rest of the world have much to learn from each other. The target is, therefore, to attract a mix of Chinese and non-Chinese speaking backgrounds. To this end the programme will provide essential language and cultural training and create innovative spaces that will facilitate dialogue and debate. The compulsory module will integrate UCL China expertise in a common agenda 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. 

The MA is designed for Chinese university graduates with good English and those students with fluent Chinese graduating from China studies departments outside of China. This includes graduate students following a PhD programme in China who wish to spend a year abroad during that time. Unique to the MA is the Direct Reading and Translation module. This involves intensive translation, abstracting and presenting Chinese sources in English. 

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Chinese Health and Humanity.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Chinese Health and Humanity at graduate level
  • why you want to study Chinese 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021