Chinese Studies (MA) (120EC)
To be eligible for Chinese Studies at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.
Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances
The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2021-2022 academic year.
For this specific master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme in September 2021 and can start the master’s programme. You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2021 at the latest.
This option does not apply to non-EER students who are following a Bachelor abroad due to visa restrictions.
What do you need to do?
Enrol on and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):
- Fill in this form before 15 June.
- Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
- Request admission in uSis before the relevant deadline (check the Application deadlines page)
- Re-enrol for the bachelor’s before 1 September for a maximum of one month.
Check with your Bachelor study advisor if you can make use of this option.
Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2021 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 30 September 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.
This programme has a limited capacity. A maximum of 30 places is available in September on this programme; the Admissions Board ranks the requests for admission on the fulfilment of the requirements below. Read more about the limited capacity below.
The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:
- A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree,
- Knowledge of the nature and role of as well as the ability to analyse and report on academic inquiry in the humanities or social sciences; and
- Prior education must include completed components at the bachelor’s level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on at least three out of these six disciplines: history, art, culture, politics, society or economy of one or more East Asian countries or regions.
- Fundamental knowledge of pre-modern and modern China;
- Knowledge of sinological traditions and understanding of disciplinary-methodological issues.
- Sufficient command of Chinese, at least 250 points from HSK Test (Level 4), 180 points from HSK Test (Level 5), or TOCFL (Level 3).
Please note that because an important distinguishing aspect of the programme is advanced language acquisition in Chinese, this specialisation is not suitable for native speakers or for persons with a level 6 (HSK New Style) or equivalent level 6 (TOCFL).
In addition, applicants must also meet the following qualitative admission requirements:
- Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.0 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor’s programme, and a grade for the bachelor’s thesis of a 7.0 or higher (Dutch grading system), and
- Demonstrable motivation to study and suitability for the particular MA programme/specialisation, and
- Good academic writing skills: the ability to write a well-structured essay/paper on a topic in the specific field of the specialisation in English.
The qualitative admission requirements will be implemented as follows:
A good academic record must be shown by a transcript of records/grade list (including the grade of the Bachelor’s thesis and/or average grade).
Your motivation should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which you indicate why you want to follow the MA programme, and show clear understanding of the content of the study programme, specifically listing two courses of the current study programme (from the e-Prospectus) and explaining why these appeal to you. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.
Good academic writing skills should be demonstrated by a Writing Sample. You should submit a 1,250 word essay as part of the admission process:
- in this essay you must demonstrate a clear affinity with and specific knowledge of Asian studies in general and specifically in the field of the specialisation for which you apply,
- specifically, the essay must clearly answer a research question, provide an argument that demonstrates a satisfactory understanding of the topic of the essay.
In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:
- IELTS: 7.0
- TOEFL (internet-based): 100
- C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185
For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.
English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old!
- IELTS: academic modules only
- TOEFL: internet based
- We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
- We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™ for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
- Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria
Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.
As mentioned above, Chinese Studies has a limited capacity. The programme will make a selection on the grounds of the following criteria:
1. With regard to admission to the programme, the Admissions Board assesses the knowledge and skills of the applicants on the basis of the files they have submitted.
2. If necessary the Board can contact the applicant by mail or telephone at any time during the admission procedure in order to gain further information.
3. The Admissions Board decides on the basis of this assessment
a. which applicants meet the entry requirements of the specialisation – if appropriate on the condition that they have been awarded their bachelor’s degree in time – and can in principle be admitted;
b. which applicants cannot be admitted because they do not meet the requirements.
4. The Board ranks the suitability of the applicants in category a to the specialisation of the MA programme on the basis of the files they have submitted, having regard to the qualitative admission requirements and, if the Board has requested this, the further information provided by the applicant.