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East Asian Studies/Modern Sinology (M.A.)


The Master’s program in Modern Sinology combines intensive training in the Chinese language with interdisciplinary training in perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities on modern China (history, philosophy, religion, politics, society, economy, and law). Our students get the chance to acquire cultural skills, and they learn to investigate the Chinese World from a variety of contextualizing perspectives and to critically reflect these perspectives. Our interdisciplinary approach enables students to study the complexities of modern and contemporary China and its dynamic relationship with other regions of the world. The program prepares both for academic and for professional careers in all areas requiring excellent linguistic and cultural skills regarding modern China, e.g., as analysts, consultants, and mediators.

East Asian Studies/Modern Sinology (M.A.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Winter semester
Language of the programme:

Get to know us


The Master's degree program "East Asian Studies/Modern Sinology", conceived for 4 terms in Göttingen, offers students a wide range of specializations about modern China, covering the period from the 18th century to the present. The objective of this Master's degree program is to combine language and cultural skills relating to China with methods and theories from the humanities and social sciences. The aim is to critically question and adjust the latter, to develop research skills and analytic skills for academic and executive positions in politics, business, and society. We offer a disciplinary, comparative approach to China Studies, enabling students to analyse structures and processes in modern and contemporary China in a systematic, structured way, always adopting a global, comparative perspective. Students are to develop the ability to formulate research questions independently and answer them using Chinese-language texts as primary and secondary sources.

Professors and scientific staff are specialized in the following fields:

  • History and Philosophy of modern China
  • Society and Economics of modern China
  • Global History, focus on China
  • Didactics of Chinese as a foreign language

Please note that the study of Chinese literature is not one of the focus areas of our program.

Our graduates qualify both for academic careers and any career that requires excellent language skills and a high level of cultural skills. They, therefore, make excellent analysts, consultants, and mediators in transcultural and global institutions, organizations, and companies.

Potential future areas of employment include:

  • Research and teaching
  • International organizations and foundations
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Journalism
  • Consultancy work
  • International research Management
  • Information technology and Services
  • International business enterprises

Consecutive programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


Structure of degree programme

This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minor) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

Regulations and module directory



Previous studies:

  • B.A. degree or equivalent degree
  • Evidence of credits in sinology, including credits in the fields of Chinese history, religion, politics, society, philosophy, linguistics, economy or law of modern China to the extent of at least 120 C must be submitted.

Language requirements:

Chinese language:
Applicants with a native language other than modern Mandarin Chinese must possess sufficient knowledge of modern Mandarin Chinese. Evidence of sufficient language skills is to be furnished by passing an examination on level 5 of the Hànyu Shuipíng Kaoshì (HSK) test or on band B level 3 of the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL); instead of a test certificate, the necessary language skills according to the HSK level 5 or on band B level 3 TOCFL standard can also be proved by successful participation in the language aptitude test offered by Georg August University or by equivalent achievements in the context of a previous course of study. The selection committee decides whether the achievements from previous studies are equivalent to HSK 5 or TOCFL B 3.

English language:
Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants shall demonstrate the required English proficiency by earning the minimum required grade on an internationally recognised test . Exemptions apply for applications for applicants who lived in English-speaking countries or completed a degree programme in English.

German language:
German language skills are not required for this programme. If you wish to take German language courses, these can be selected as part of the elective courses during the academic programme.

Please consult the detailed admission requirements and check that you have all the necessary proof of credits and language skills before applying to our programme. International students should apply as early as possible to ensure that they can obtain a study visa in time.


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Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Dr. Henrike Rudolph

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Room 0.726
37073 Göttingen

Phone: (0551) 39-21292



Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010