The 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.
The MCS has a team of more than 20 professors from various departments and practical components of the program, such as workshops, field trips, and internships, engage students in the Chinese society to further prepare them for conducting independent research and to integrate empirical knowledge in daily life and work.
Through an interdisciplinary curriculum and in-depth field research in China’s contemporary economic, cultural, and societal context, students gain a unique perspective on the social and business environment of China. China Studies at ZIBS is built on the premise that international students should be able to interact and communicate with the local community by learning to speak Mandarin Chinese while pursuing their studies in English.
The program is built on two interdisciplinary modules: Understanding Contemporary China & Doing Business in/with China, all of which ensure that students acquire a broad understanding of contemporary China and issues related to its economy and practice of business.
Required and core subjects include topics such as:
China Studies Seminar (Social Research Methods & Academic Writing)
Lecture Series of China Studies
Geopolitics and Business
Students may choose electives in China Business, China Culture and Society, such as:
Technology, Innovation and Transformation
Leadership in China
China’s Fintech Engine
Digital Commerce in China
Globalization and International Business
Growth Markets and BRI
Chinese Local Society and its Modernization
Chinese Public Policy
China Culture and Society in the 20th Century
China Intellectual History
All students will complete an internship, generally 3-6 months in length. A thesis is required for all students in the Master of China Studies.
*Courses indicated are subject to change and are indicative only.
Language of Study
The primary instruction language is English with a rigorous Mandarin curriculum serving as an additional component to enhance your Chinese language proficiency.
Format and Duration
The length of the full-time program is 2 years. MA candidates from partner universities could optionally study 1 year at Zhejiang University. The principal teaching location is the ZJU International Campus in Haining. The formal curriculum provides further insights into topics of interest related to China.
Degree and Certificate
Graduates will obtain both the degree and diploma of Master of China Studies from Zhejiang University, after having completed 24 credits, a thesis and an internship.
International Student Environment
The MCS program provides a unique environment for students to learn from each other. Through both in-class and after-class activities, students have the opportunity to develop their cross-cultural communication skills, establish their own international contacts, and explore potential cooperation opportunities.
All students are required to complete a 3-6 month internship, depending on the nature of the engagement. It is an outstanding opportunity for participants to apply their learnings to real situations, achieving a high degree of integration between learning and practice.
Logistics Support in Haining
The International Campus provides shuttle services to the Hangzhou campus. The school may also provide other shuttle services to the railway station upon students’ requests. A campus service centre provides access to city services, such as bus and public bicycles, as well as advising on daily living on campus and in Haining.
Accommodation and Facilities
The International Campus provides on-campus accommodation options, paid by students. Campus facilities include full catering, sports facilities (both in-door and out-door), convenience stores, cafes, banking, and postal services, common meeting areas, etc. It is a fully-autonomous campus.