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master of china development studies

Last Updated on January 21, 2023 by Team College Learners

Dramatic social and economic transformation of China, one of the most populous and rapidly developing nations in the world, is a major historical event of the twentieth century. In connection to this unparalleled transformation, demand for knowledge of what is taking place in China and its global implications is greater than ever before.

The Master of Arts in China Development Studies [MAChDS] programme emphasises a comprehensive understanding of China through its global-local interactions and regional variations in economy, trade, investment, environment, policy making, tourism and urban development. The prime objective of the programme is to educate students to become capable personnel for firms or institutions in both private and public sectors that have strong interest in China-related business and development.

The programme provides an opportunity to local and international students with systematic training and independent research on development issues in contemporary China. The curriculum includes Chinese economies; international trade and foreign direct investment; China’s cultural and urban development; climate change and environmental resources in China; public policies and regional development; China’s environment and sustainable development; globalisation and spatial economic transformation; cultural tourism; sustainable urban and transport planning; land governance and development and a field trip to China. Moreover, the curriculum has a capstone experience component that provides the students a platform to acquire research skills under the supervision of a designated teacher.  The Contemporary China Seminar Series is also an integral part of the programme.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year)
Part Time (two years)

Medium of Instruction


Programme Entrance Requirements

Applicants shall hold a Bachelor’s degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. 

A master’s degree comes with many benefits, one of the greatest of which is an advanced knowledge in one’s chosen area of study. A post-graduate degree has the potential to expand one’s career opportunities and accelerate development.

What is a Master in Chinese Studies? This program focuses on educating individuals about the Chinese culture of the past and present. Thanks to a vast array of languages, dialects, history and politics, the Chinese culture is a rich and varied one. For this reason, courses may focus on a range of disciplinary perspectives that aim to develop disciples’ knowledge and understanding of China as it once was and the country as it is today. Additionally, instructors may aim to put Chinese philosophies and beliefs into global context for a more thorough and relevant understanding. 

Individuals who complete a degree in this field tend to walk away with many positive traits, such as a deeper understanding of cultures and people that are not their own. They may also demonstrate multilingual capabilities as well as strong reasoning and analysis. Each of these traits may prove to be beneficial in a variety of fields and in one’s personal life.

The cost of a degree in Chinese studies varies from school to school and is dependent on many factors. Where a school is located, whether courses are online or in the classroom and the duration of a program may all affect the total cost.

Individuals who obtain a degree in the study of Chinese culture may have a surprising number of career options. Many positions require the skillset that students of the field tend to possess, and a graduate may find lucrative opportunities in government agencies, academic institutions and businesses across the globe. Some job titles graduates of the program may possess include translator, foreign diplomat, interpreter, foreign correspondent, international marketing specialist, financial advisor or foreign consultant/analyst.

Many different universities offer a degree in Chinese studies, but where students choose to go depends on their location and schedule. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

Master of China Studies

Zhejiang University International Business School

Zhejiang University International Business SchoolJiaxing, ChinaThe Master of China Studies (MCS) is an MA-level degree program with a strong focus on China’s economic, cultural, and societal context. Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS), partnering with the Institute of China Studies, infuses business trends into the longstanding China Studies program. The interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to work analytically, and to gain an in-depth understanding of China. ZIBS provides academic support, corporate support, and teaching space.

M.A. Chinese Studies

Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg

Julius Maximilians Universität WürzburgWürzburg, Germany +1 MoreThis research-oriented Master’s program in Chinese Studies has been developed for graduates of B.A. programs in the Chinese Studies field (holding a B.A. in Sinology, Chinese Studies or equivalent qualification). It offers in-depth and small-group instruction in Chinese Studies by recognized experts in various fields. Students will take classes on both pre-modern and contemporary subjects but will select one of these fields as their specialization. Students’ preferences for particular topics will be taken into account in determining the content of required elective classes. Their research capabilities are strengthened through continuous methodology classes. This enables students to build up their expertise and enables them to undertake their own research in their master thesis. 

Master of Arts in China and Regional Studies

Lingnan University

Lingnan UniversityTuen Mun, Hong KongThe Master of Arts in China and Regional Studies (CRS) is a comparative area studies programme that aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to examine the multifaceted theoretical and empirical debates surrounding China’s engagements with African countries, and its neighbouring countries in Asia and Pacific region.

A masters is earned after students complete an undergraduate degree program. To obtain a masters, you usually need to complete 12 to 18 college courses that often involve completing comprehensive tests and/or a thesis.

History can involve studying one people, culture, or country in particular, but it also often involves general overviews of broad trends. Students of history may be required to conduct research in a specific topic.

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MA International Relations and World History

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

University of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingbo, ChinaThis programme gives students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas. 

M.A. in Chinese Literature, Language and Culture

Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts

Hong Kong Baptist University – Faculty of ArtsHong KongMA in Chinese Literature, Language and Culture is a graduate programme for part-time and full-time students. The programme aims to cultivate in students a deeper knowledge of Chinese culture and broaden their vision with new perspectives to prepare them in meeting the challenges of the changing society. It enhances students’ Chinese language skills and cultural literacy, which are particularly essential for professions such as education, media and cultural management.

Master of China-Europe Business Studies (MCEBS)

A 12-month full-time program designed for students who want to enhance their hands-on management skills and competencies in an open and international environment, particularly in the Chinese and European market.The program is a joint initiative of two leading European business schools, and takes place at four European and Chinese campuses.


As a result of China’s strongly rising economy, both international and Chinese managers need to be internationally oriented and culturally open in order to build strong relations between China and the rest of the world.
The Master of China-Europe Business Studies brings together participants from all over the world to prepare them for a successful international business career in and with China and Europe.

Why follow this program at Antwerp Management School?

This master is designed for recent graduates and young professionals who wish to develop their career in a company with worldwide activities. The program provides solid academic knowledge for mastering business operations in foreign countries, more particularly in Asia and Europe. It also offers real-life experience of the multicultural environments of Chinese and European markets. The program aims to build strategic vision, confidence, teamwork and hands-on management skills.

You will spend five months in Antwerp (Belgium), and additional five months in either Angers (France), Budapest (Hungary) or Shanghai (China) and further two months for a China Consulting Project in Europe and/or China according to your chosen project. By teaming up with international students and professionals at different European and Chinese campuses, you will also have unique networking opportunities and build up China-Europe related business contacts.

Our Career Management Service helps you launch your career. During your time on our campus a Career Development Manager will guide you. Additionally you will have access to our documentation center and a database of companies and organizations.


What can you expect?

Content level: Deepening Expertise.

After attending this program:

  • You will have profound knowledge of management functions
  • You master knowledge and skills required in key managerial responsibilities: leadership, people management and long-term planning
  • You will have strengthening highly relevant business skills such as: entrepreneurship, perseverance, motivation, emotional intelligence and initiative
  • You will have developed social skills, problem-solving skills, communication skills and the capacity for teamwork and leadership
  • You are able to examine global issues from a European and Chinese perspective
  • You will have built local competences both in a Chinese and a European business environment


What’s this program about?

The Master of China-Europe Business Studies is a major in the Master of Global Management. It is a 12 month full time program, taking place inseveral European and Chinese campuses. During the final two months you will be working on a China Consulting Project in Europe and/or China, according to the project location.

The program combines academic courses with an in-depth view of all functional areas of management, seminars on EU-China relations and cross-cultural management, competence development in different business environments and team building for international consulting projects. You will be able to take on a business language course: French/Hungarian for Chinese students and Chinese for the participants from other countries. The program is taught in an interactive way. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions, analyze business cases, prepare business presentations, report by means of group papers and engage in computer-assisted exercises. The program consists of 4 modules:

  • Management foundations (Antwerp)
  • EU-China relations and cross-culture management (Antwerp/Brussels)
  • Local competence building (Shanghai, Budapest or Angers)
  • China consulting project (China and/or Europe)


For who?

Career level: Recent graduate.

This program is designed for recent graduates and young professionals (with a maximum of 3 years working experience) with a strong interest in management in both China and Europe who want to develop their career in a multinational company.

Participant profile of current edition:

Number of students22
Age range22 – 30
Number of nationalities9
Work experience range in years0 – 6

Practical information


€ 12000 (VAT exempted).
Included: all student facilities at Antwerp Management School and documentation. Excluded: estimated additional cost of living, housing, travel and books.

General Conditions apply to our programs.


Antwerp Management School
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
BE-2000 Antwerp

ESSCA Angers
1 rue Lakanal – BP 40348
F-49003 Angers Cedex 01
ESSCA Shanghai
297 Wusong lu
200080 Shanghai
ESSCA Hungary
Czuczor utca 6
H-1093 Budapest

Financial Benefits

German residents can apply for scholarships via Deutsche Bildung. More information.


Candidates should hold a degree that represent 4 years of full-time study at university level, resulting in a master’s degree or an equivalent bachelor’s degree (a full time, 4-year curriculum, excluding orientation or preparatory years). It is possible to apply before you have completed your studies. In this case, the selection procedure will take place under the assumption that you graduate from your present studies before starting the program. Fluency in English, both written and spoken is required.


After the successful completion of the joint program and the master project/thesis, you will graduate with a joint degree:

  • Master degree Master of Global Management: China-Europe Business Studies from Antwerp Management School. The Master of Global Management is an official Master degree recognized by the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community. The program is AACSB and NVAO accredited.
  • Certificate of International Business from ESSCA

Application Process

We strongly encourage early application, as we only accept a limited number of students. Moreover, applying early will give non-EU students sufficient time to arrange for visas. The deadline to apply for EU citizens is August 20, 2014 and for non-EU citizens June 30, 2014.

Selection procedure

Once your application file has been accepted, Skype or telephone interviews will be organized to get a better insight of your motivation, perseverance, personality, leadership skills, as well as your knowledge of English.