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Master of China Studies(Law and Society)
- General Information

    Program Introduction

    Courses in this concentration will focus on the Chinese legal system and social development. They will help students acquire a deep understanding of the Chinese legal system, important laws, the legal enforcement system, and social problems in China. The courses will use an analytical approach to explain the ideas and characteristics of the Chinese legal system, and will explore the logic of its development and evolution. Students will be able to research the Chinese legal system and practice as well as draw lessons from it and provide ideas for development. By deepening their knowledge of Chinese society and modern social science methodology, students will be equipped with tools for analyzing and discussing developments of contemporary Chinese society, and will be able to make both theoretical and practical observations. Understanding Chinese law and society in a global context will help prepare them to be experts on dialogue between China and the world.

    Required Courses

    Core Required Courses

    (students must complete 4 out of 7 courses)

    Introduction to China Studies (3 credits)

    Contemporary Chinese Society (3 credits)

    China in Transition (3 credits)

    Formation of Chinese Civilization (3 credits) Development of Chinese Civilization (3 credits) Chinese Ethics and Value (3 credits)

    History of Chinese Art (3 credits)

    Required Courses - Language

    (students will choose one of the following language courses)

    Chinese Language (for international students, 6 different levels including Ancient Chinese, 4 credits)

    Foreign Language (for Chinese students, 4 credits)

    Topics in China Studies Lecture Series (2 credits)

    Independent Research Seminar (3 credits)

    Field Study (2 credits)

    Credit and Thesis Requirements

    Students are required to pass all course examinations and enroll in a minimum of 30 credits, comprised of required, elective, and language courses. In order to obtain their degree, students must complete a master’s thesis and pass an oral defense before a faculty committee.

    Courses offered by the Yenching Academy are taught in English. Foreign students are encouraged to take courses offered by other departments in Chinese if they have the language capability to do so. For Chinese students, English-taught courses must make up at least 75% of their total required credits.


    The Yenching Academy provides a competitive postgraduate scholarship. All students receive a scholarship that covers tuition and fees, accommodation, living costs and round trip airfare to Beijing. Students will complete their coursework during the fall and spring semesters, supplemented with additional study during the summer. The fellowship for international students ends after twelve months; they may complete and defend their thesis any time up to one year after they have completed their Yenching Academy residence. Mainland Chinese students will be supported on campus for an additional year during which they will work on their thesis. The Academy will also offer doctoral scholarships to Yenching Scholars who continue on to pursue doctoral degrees at other Peking University departments.

    Foreign Students & Students from Hong Kong, Macao,and Taiwan

    Applications will become available through the Yenching Academy online application portal on September 1, 2017 to candidates who will hold a bachelor’s degree by August 31,2017. Preference will be given to those under the age of 26 on August 31,2017; or under the age of 28 for students from countries with mandatory military service. The final deadline for applications is January 31th 2017.

    Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will need to apply through both the Peking University Graduate Admissions website and the Yenching Academy online application portal (which will become available on September 1’ 2017).

    Mainland Students

    Those from mainland China who are attending universities within mainland China will be admitted according to the regulations of the Ministry of Education. They must be qualified to be exempt from the examination based on their university’s recommendations.


    The first class of Yenching Scholars will consist of 99 outstanding young people; 75 international students and 24 mainland Chinese students. Future classes will grow in size to eventually reach approximately 150 students per cohort.

    A Prospective Yenching Scholar:

    Has a bachelor’s degree in any field

    Is typically under the age of 26 on August 31th 2017

    Has an outstanding academic record

    Has demonstrated leadership skills

    Is active in extracurricular activities

    Is actively engaged with the community and has a strong sense of social responsibility

    Has a strong moral character

    Has demonstrated interest in exploring diverse cultures, in particular Chinese and Asia Pacific cultures

    Has demonstrated English proficiency


    Tuition Fee
    Master RMB 50,000 pre year
    RMB 100,000 in total (About $ 18,335)
    Accommodation Fee
    NO 9 Building
    Single Room RMB 4,500 to RMB 5,500
    Other Fees
    Application Fee RMB 400 to RMB 810
    Service Fee USD 150
    Living Expense RMB 2,200 to RMB 2,800
- How Much Scholarship Cover
Admission Only
- You Need Pay After Got Scholarship (RMB)
  • Tuition:  50,000 / Year
  • Accommodation: 750 to 1200 RMB per month
  • Living Expense: 600 to 3000 RMB per month
- Requirement

All applicants must meet the following entrance requirements:
1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport,
2. Applicants must have attained a Bachelor’s degree or above,
3. Applicants who are not native English speakers or whose undergraduate education was not in English are required to take an appropriate English Language Proficiency Test and in general achieve a sufficient score, such as:
TOEFL 627 or better (Paper Based Test)
TOEFL 263 or better in CBT (with at least 5.0 in TWE)
TOEFL - iBT 107 or better
IELTS 7.0 or better ( with at least 7.0 in Writing)

- Application Documents

1. Application Form

Please upload your finished application form here.

2. Letter of guarantee

The guardian should write out his/her name, nationality, occupation and address (if an organization acts as the guardian, reference to the organization should be made clear).

You can download a template or sample from here .

3. Copy of article or papers published

4. Personal statement

about 800 words

You can download a template or sample from here .

5. Two letters of recommendation

Two or more recommendation letters from professor or associate professor or equivalents (sealed, with referees’ contact information)

You can download a template or sample from here .

6. English proficiency test certificate

For example, IELTS or TOEFL, only for applicant whose native language is not English.

7. Bachelor's degree diploma

Graduation certificate in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.

8. Undergraduate school transcript

Undergraduate school transcript in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.

9. Passport photo

A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant

10. Photocopy of valid passport

With name, passport number & expiration date, and photo included

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