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M.Phil in Chinese Studies
Develop the skills you need to launch your global career

Online applications for September 2018 are now open. Please contact the course director Prof. Tien with any application queries.

Designed for those with a global mindset, this intensive taught Master's degree in Chinese Studies offers a unique opportunity for you to engage deeply and critically with China today, and provides a solid and rigorous grounding for your career aspirations. Delivered by expert faculty as well as regular guest speakers, this programme will develop the skills necessary to suceed in an international environment. It is available as a one-year, full-time programme or a two-year, part-time programme.

Our M.Phil. offers you:

  • Elite, tailor-made programme
  • Flexible design shaped by your career interests and Chinese language ambitions
  • Small class size, taught by world-class faculty
  • Regular guest experts invited to speak from business, trade and industry
  • The chance to study at a premier university in the heart of vibrant Dublin
  • Two-year visa extension for non-EU M.Phil. in Chinese Studies graduates to seek employment in Ireland
  • Exceptional alumni and employer networks

Our Master's degree in Chinese Studies seeks to develop students’ in-depth knowledge and understanding of China in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries within a comparative, global context. We approach the study of China from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including modern Chinese history and thought, politics and governance, language, society and culture.

It is principally aimed at students with a primary degree in humanities or social science subjects. It produces agile and employable graduates equipped with the analytical and methodological skills for future careers requiring a strong knowledge of contemporary China, and provides a unique opportunity to undertake subject-specific study and research training in the context of contemporary China. The programme's flexible structure allows students to fast-track their Mandarin language proficiency, to focus instead on the areas of history, politics, society and culture, or to combine language studies with other subject-specific modules. Opportunities for further doctoral research are available in a variety of subject areas.

Programme at a glance

  • The programme involves six taught modules (three core, three elective) and a research project. Full-time students take three modules over two terms, the research project is prepared during the third term. Part-time students take three modules each year over two years
  • Modules are assessed through a combination of presentations and written assignments
  • The dissertation project allows you to showcase the knowledge you have gained in Chinese Studies by specialising in a particular area
  • A wide range of optional Mandarin language classes and support, catering for all students from complete beginners to advanced learners
  • Weekly lunchtime Mandarin conversation group and reading group
  • Active community of professionals, practitioners and researchers, with many China-focused extramural events running throughout the year
  • In-country or in-culture experience available through the Experience China module, delivering a four-week internship in a Chinese or China-related organisation in a Chinese-speaking country, in Europe or in Ireland.

Term dates

  • The induction course for all incoming M.Phil. students in Chinese Studies will be held during Freshers’ Week in September 2018, during the week beginning 3 September 2018.
  • Teaching lasts for 12 weeks in each term. The first teaching term, Michaelmas term, will begin on Monday 10 September 2018. The second term, Hilary term, begins on Monday 21 January 2019. The third term, Trinity term, begins on Monday 22 April 2019.
  • The academic year runs until the end of August.

Entry requirements and admissions

  • Submit your application and supporting documentation online. Offers are issued on a rolling basis, so it is important to apply early. The deadline is 30 June 2018.
  • The course director Prof. Adrian Tien ( and our admissions team ( are available to help you with any aspect of the application process. Please email or call us with your questions (+ 353 1 896 4035). You are also welcome to visit us in person if you are in or near Dublin during the application process.
  • You will be asked to supply the following information during your online application:
    • Details of your undergraduate degree (min. 2.1 result or international equivalent)
    • Proficiency level in English for non-native speakers who have not studied through English at undergraduate level
    • Two academic references.

Career Services

Trinity's dedicated career development team provides help in identifying your ideal career path in China-related fields, and delivers tailor-made workshops and consultations. Alumni have access to an exceptional network of employers across the world. Graduates from Trinity are among the most employable in the world, according to the 2015 Global Employability University Rankings. The university offers a bespoke careers service for all international students and students enrolled in our taught postgraduate courses, including opportunities and pathways for graduates in Chinese Studies. All international students registered at Trinity may apply for an extension to their student visa for two years, starting on the day upon which they receive their final results. This allows you to remain in Ireland and to seek full-time employment in Ireland for two years after your Master's degree - an outstanding opportunity for you to kickstart your career here.

M.Phil. Course handbook in Chinese Studies

The 2018/19 course handbook will be a useful guide for interested applicants and accepted candidades. It provides a guide to what is expected of you on this course, and the academic and personal support available to you. It describes each of the core and elective modules, the Experience China module, the research dissertation, and all other aspects of the course.

Scholarship opportunities in Chinese Studies

  • Eoin and Cliona Murphy Scholarship in Chinese Studies 2018/19. The Eoin and Cliona Murphy Scholarship is awarded annually to candidates accepted for the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies programme. The value of the scholarship is €6,000 paid over the two years of the Master's degree. All applicants who have accepted an offer are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Please email the course director Prof. Adrian Tien regarding the application process.
  • Constantia Maxwell Scholarship 2018/19. We are pleased to announce a postgraduate studentship to the value of €5,000, which is made available this coming academic year to a student who enrols in one of the taught Master’s courses in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, including Chinese Studies. Applicants who wish to be considered for this studentship should submit a short personal statement (500 words maximum) by 1 July 2018. Please see the following webpage for further details:

More information Please contact the Chinese Studies programme director Prof. Adrian Tien with your queries about the degree or email our admissions team at Call us on + 353 1 896 4035.


"Doing the M.Phil in Chinese Studies has been one of the best experiences of my life. I was fascinated by the idea of doing Master's on such a contemporary area in a university with such history and reputation. Our department pulses with the energy of doing something ambitious, unique and new. The teaching body is made up of staff with incredible experience, some working on the newest issues in China. There is an atmosphere of expertise, care and growth."

Barbara Lecis, M.Phil. in Chinese Studies graduate (2017)


"The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies here at Trinity College provides everything a student could wish for, an academic team always ready to help you grow, and a world of possibilities in the heart of a pulsing city! The course is structured so that students can really challenge themselves in an incredibly stimulating environment. My academic skills have developed greatly, and I have also made exceptional friends here.  The team is always available for help. I chose Trinity because it is a research-intensive university, ranked top in Ireland, and I have not been disappointed in any way. The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies offers modules about contemporary China, analyzing different aspects of this great, complex country. One of the best experiences I will ever have!"

Chiara Mastronardo, M.Phil. in Chinese Studies student