The M.A. Sinology / Chinese Studies is a postgraduate programme based on a China-centered B.A. programme. It consists of a sole major with a duration of 4 semesters and leads to a Master of Arts degree.
The Tübingen Department of Sinology unifies in a unique way various competencies in order to examine China's role (incl. Greater China) in the dynamics of globalization in the past(16th to 19th centuries) as well as in contemporary times (20th to 21st centuries). We make use of scholarly methods of the philological-historical, cultural, as well as the social and political fields, taking into account also current developments. The aim of the programme is to allow students to acquire scholarly sound expertise to analyse a wide range of issues related to China.
This degree enables our graduates to analyze and competently assess numerous aspects of the China / Greater China region with the strategy of "research-based learning" and with the help of linguistic, intercultural and historical knowledge.
Typical jobs in the field are higher-level activities in the private sector, the media and public relations or in the areas of culture, adult education, intercultural training and support for "expats", at foundations, in museums, in journalism and the field of publications, in political consulting or in Foreign Service.
A doctorate is required for scientific work.
The signature of the Tübingen Master programme in Sinology / Chinese Studies is the triad of solid language skills, a wide range of content-related courses and the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at one of our numerous partner universities in the Greater China area (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore). In the numerous exercises and advanced seminars offered by the department, students can choose thematic modules from the fields "Pre-Modern China", "Modern China / Greater China" and "Taiwan". The specialization on Taiwan is unique in the German-speaking area.
Another special feature is the option of replacing 30 CP either with the profile "Digital Humanities" (import courses) or the "Economy" profile (only for "Pre-Modern China" focus). In the pre-modern area, one module (15 CP) can be replaced by the modules " Global History" or "Modern China".
All courses in the line "Pre-Modern China" are entirely in English. Most courses in other key areas may also be held in English.
A deepening of the language skills in modern Chinese as well as in the written language (Classical Chinese) can be put into effect not just in Tübingen, but also at one of our partner universities. Up to 30 of the total of 120 CP may be acquired abroad. We recommend getting more information about this matter from the student advisory service during your first semester.
Your own research work (MA thesis, 20 CP) is intensively evaluated and improved by participating in colloquia during the research and writing process. A thesis may also be written in cooperation with companies or actors on site.
Enrollment in the programme M.A. Sinology / Chinese Studies is possible for every semester (Jan 15 for summer, and July 15 for winter). The application must be submitted in due time via the university's online application portal.
The language requirements are: Knowledge of modern Chinese at level CEFR B2 (at least HSK 4) as well as basic knowledge of Classical Chinese. For the purely English-language focus "Pre-Modern China", English skills at level CEFR B2 (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 87-109) are required.