Chinese Studies (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
40 Places


Course Overview

Chinese Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing upon and integrating disciplines such as History, Linguistics, Politics, Cultural Studies and Translation Studies. The course focuses on China today and China over the last century. This course offers a unique and vibrant educational experience which equips its students to be global citizens. The M.Phil. programme offers the opportunity to engage with key aspects of contemporary China, including its political and economic landscape, modern history, society, popular culture and language. Given China’s economic impact and international reach, this course equips its graduates to engage deeply with contemporary China.

The multidisciplinary nature of the course can accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds. For those students who wish to acquire Mandarin, whether or not they have come in with any prior knowledge of the language, this programme provides them with the opportunity to develop their Mandarin in a relatively short time.

Delivered by expert faculty as well as regular guest speakers from business and industry, this programme will develop the skills necessary to succeed in an international environment. It is available as a one-year, full-time programme or a two-year, part-time programme.

Is This Course For Me?

The course is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds. A background in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is helpful but not a requirement. The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies is designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to the discipline of Chinese Studies without requiring any specific prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language proficiency.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are in high demand and have pursued a wide range of careers including in business and industry, communications, public affairs, diplomacy, and arts and heritage, at the UN, at multinational corporations, and in local government. Graduates have also pursued further academic research.

The university offers a bespoke careers service for all students, and our students in Chinese Studies are assigned a dedicated careers consultant.

Course Structure

Each taught module in the programme is weighted at 10 credits. The Masters qualification carries 90 credits: six course modules at 10 credits each (60 credits) and a dissertation worth 30 credits. ECTS are awarded to a student only upon successful completion of the course year. The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies is a NFQ Level 9 qualification

Course Content

The degree consists of six taught modules and a final dissertation. The taught modules are composed of at least two core modules selected from Group A and three or four elective modules selected from Group B.

A full-time student takes a total of three modules in each of the two terms. In each term, at least one of the three modules must be from Group A while at least two modules must be selected from Group B.

A part-time student must take two core modules from Group A and one elective module from Group B during their first year and, in their second year of study, they must take three elective modules from Group B.

Group A core modules include: Modern Chinese History; Contemporary Chinese Society and Politics; Chinese Language and Writing System.

Group B elective modules include: Mandarin 1; Mandarin 2; Mandarin Reading and Discussion Group on Contemporary China; Governance and Politics of the PRC; Business and Economy of Contemporary China; Mandarin 3; Mandarin 4; China in Comparative Perspective; Languages and Nations of China; Dissertation.

Note that not all elective modules may be available in any one year, depending on staff availability and timetabling. Additional elective modules may be introduced by the course committee at a later date.

Click here for further information on modules/subjects.

Study the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies at Trinity

Professor Nathan Hill, Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, gives an overview of the Chinese Studies (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.) programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

40 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Professor Nathan Hill

Closing Date

31st July 2024

students working in library/>

Admission Requirements

Applicants will hold a Bachelor's degree (minimum 2.1, or a GPA of 3.5, or equivalent from another country) from a recognised university. A background in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is helpful but not a requirement. Applicants must also satisfy Trinity's English language proficiency requirements.

The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies doesn't require any specific prior knowledge of Chinese history, culture, or language.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8964282

Website index.php

Register Your Interest

Register your interest in studying at Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

Register Your Interest

For anybody wishing to understand China, the rising superpower set to dominate the 21st century, I would highly recommend the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies course at Trinity College Dublin. Through modules on Chinese history, politics, foreign policy, culture and language, I gained a 360-degree perspective of this fascinating nation. I would encourage Irish students in particular to undertake this course as we need many more 'China hands' in Ireland as the connections between our two countries increase and as China’s political and economic influence grows. 对于任何人希望了解中国这个正在崛起并着手主宰二十一世纪的超级强国,我会极力推荐圣三一大学的中国研究硕士课程。通过有关中国历史、政治、外交政策、文化和语言等课堂,我对中国这个迷人的国家获得全面的认识。我尤其鼓励爱尔兰学生报读这个课程。因为爱尔兰与中国的联系变得更为紧 密,中国对爱尔兰的政治和经济影响亦不断增加,所以我们需要更多「中国通」

Neil Monahan

Speechwriter and Editor at the Resident Coordinator's Office at the United Nations, Nigeria

Doing the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies has been one of the best experiences in my academic career. The quality of lecturers is really world class and the balance between learning and research is perfect to prepare students for future challenges. Classes are really international, and the presence of Chinese students is a plus to foster cultural exchange. Trinity College Dublin is a vibrant environment where you receive all the support you need to have not only a great academic experience but also a fantastic personal one. “在圣三一大学修读中国研究硕士是我在学术事业里最好的经验之一。教学人员具有世界顶级的教学质素。课程中学习和研究的比例得宜,完美地装备学生面对未来的挑战。圣三一大学的课堂十分国际化,就读的中国留学生更有助促进文化交流。圣三一大学里朝气勃勃的环境不但提供学生所需要的学术经验,亦是一个精彩的人生经歴”

Federico Vigano

Country President, AstraZeneca Ireland