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All prospective MPhil applicants are advised to peruse the staff profiles on our website to familiarise themselves with the research and teaching interests of staff members. Applicants should contact potential supervisors by email and discuss potential MPhil dissertation topics.

Once admitted into the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies), applicants will have the option of studying one of two streams:

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese studies; or
  • Pre-modern Chinese studies

With the consent of their supervisor and the relevant teacher(s), applicants may combine papers from both streams. 

Students are required to choose three papers – courses usually run over two terms – in addition to doing a dissertation of not more than 15,000-words under the supervision of a supervisor. The dissertations are submitted no later than mid-August following the start of the course.

One to one supervision

Students will be offered a minimum of two hours as needed to support dissertation research and writing. The final number of hours will be agreed upon with the supervisor depending on student need and progress. 

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

While each section differs in the total number of hours directly taught, all subjects offer a minimum of 48 class hours of instruction across the year.

Feedback

Students taking the Chinese Studies pathway and who are working on essays or examinations and a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words to be submitted in mid-August, will receive feedback on their work after the June Degree Committee meeting (for essays and examinations) and after the final Degree Committee meeting of the year in September (for MPhil dissertation results and overall degree results). Students will receive feedback routinely throughout the year from their supervisors and instructors. Supervisors also produce feedback via online termly supervision reports.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

For the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies), students will submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil dissertations must include a brief abstract at the start of the dissertation of no more than 400 words.

Essays

For the Chinese Studies pathway, students may submit essays as part of their degree:

With the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may offer, in place of one or more of the examination papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.

Written examination

For the Chinese Studies pathway, students may take an examination for one or more of the papers (e.g. on reading classical texts) as part of their degree.

Three written examination papers on subjects approved by the Degree Committee. With the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may offer, in place of one or more of those papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.

Other

An oral examination on the dissertation and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls, but at the Degree Committee’s discretion the requirement for an oral examination may be waived.

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Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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