MPhil Chinese Studies

Trinity College Dublin

Course Overview

Chinese Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing upon and integrating disciplines such as History, Linguistics, Politics, Social Policy, 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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,414

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Weekly lunchtime Mandarin conversation group and reading group.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

You will be asked to supply the following information during your online application:
o Details of your undergraduate degree (min. 2.1 result or international equivalent)
o Proficiency level in English for non-native speakers who have not studied through English at undergraduate level
o Two academic references, or one academic and one professional reference for applicants from a professional background.

English Requirements

• IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall
• TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
• Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
• Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

  • Our M.Phil. in Chinese Studies students are in high demand after graduation. During your time with us you will develop the subject training, transferable skills and cross-cultural competence you will need to pursue an international career in a China-related area
  • Trinity alumni have access to an exceptional network of employers across the world. Graduates from Trinity are ranked 1st in Ireland for graduate employment rate and alumni outcomes, and are ranked among the most employable graduates in the world (QS 2020)
  • 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, and delivers tailor-made workshops and consultations
  • 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.
  • Students in Chinese Studies are assigned a dedicated Careers Consultant to help you reach your full potential. You can access the full range of services and view events and vacancies by logging onto MyCareer
  • Graduates from the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies have gone on to a wide range of careers including business and industry, communications, public affairs, diplomacy, arts & heritage and academia


Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the College’s requirements for English-language proficiency.

Students do not need to have a background in linguistics or applied linguistics, but they are normally expected to have language teaching experience. Indeed, many of our students have been practicing teachers who wish to expand their career horizons by deeper study of the current state of the art in language education.