The subject of the master’s course is the in-depth examination of modern and contemporary China and the historical process of its formation as well as the political, social, economic, linguistic and cultural transformations in a globalizing environment. The course conveys a combination of regional expertise with subject-specific methodology: the basis for the course is a concept of Area Studies, which specializes in the Chinese region, including its transnational and international interdependencies, through the interdisciplinarity and deepening and broadening that is necessary for understanding regions knowledge of content, language and methodology is made possible. Both Chinese knowledge, Scientific and cultural traditions as well as gender and diversity-specific dimensions are taken into account. Particular emphasis is placed on the in-depth teaching of the methodological and theoretical instruments of cultural and social science analysis in a profile area of ??China studies. The students deal with central discourses of China-related research in their profile study area. Furthermore, knowledge of current scientific discourses in the disciplines relevant to their profile study area, such as history and cultural studies or law, economics, humanities and social sciences, is conveyed and made accessible with reference to China. Likewise, on the basis of central theoretical discourses in the disciplines relevant to the profile areas, comparative knowledge is imparted, which enables China to be classified in larger, also transnational or transregional contexts. Depending on the selected profile area in the advanced phase of the master’s program, the following course content is also the subject of the master’s program:

  • In the profile area of ??Chinese cultural studies, the focus is on the culture, religion and history of ideas of contemporary and historical China.
  • In the profile area of ??social science China studies, the focus is on the analysis of institutions, actors and processes in their respective social, political and economic context in contemporary and historical China.

The focus of language training is on imparting language skills in Chinese, which are comparable to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??(GER). Language training is designed to deepen and expand language knowledge and skills, which create the prerequisites for academic training.

The master’s degree course imparts the ability to develop one's own scientific problem-solving strategies and research approaches in the Chinese studies beyond the attendance phases in guided self-study on the basis of continuous supervision and the creation of individual work plans, the application of which the students can also implement in an interdisciplinary context.




To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent other university degree with a scope of 240 credit points (CP) with a study share of Chinese studies in the scope of 80 CP in modules with content relevant to Chinese studies (excluding language courses) as well as proof of having completed a stay abroad of at least one semester in the geographic area "Greater China" area (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau),
  • Proof of knowledge of Chinese (level 5 of the HSK),
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 of the GER).

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin


The master’s course is divided into two profile areas. A profile area must be selected and completed from the following profile areas:

  1. Chinese cultural studies or
  2. Chinese social science studies.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

1) Profile area Chinese Studies in Cultural Studies

module Advanced Chinese III
module Theories and Discourses of Cultural Studies in China
module Methods and working techniques of Chinese cultural studies
module Chinese Studies in Cultural Studies II

2) Profile area Social Science Studies in China

module Advanced Chinese III
module Theories and Discourses of Social Science Studies in China
module Methods and working techniques of Chinese social science studies
module Chinese Social Science Studies II

 There are thematic choices in the modules.




Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.  

The Master’s degree in Integrated China Studies provides skills and knowledge that prepare students for responsible positions in academic and non-university research and teaching, media, museum, documentation and cultural institutions, as well as in secondary schools and institutions of further education, but also for positions in international companies and institutions whose activities are located in the Chinese cultural area or are closely connected to it.


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