This programme is only offered in Danish.

Attention: it is not possible to seek for admission for this programme in 2018 as the programme has been converted to the Master's degree programme in Global and area Studies. Find out more about Global and Area Studies.


Expert in the new superpower of the 21st century

China is currently undergoing rapid development and playing an increasingly important role in the global society. However, the cultural differences between China and the West are huge, and Chinese society is very different from that of Denmark. There is therefore a need for people with a thorough understanding of the Chinese language, culture and society. With a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies, you are well equipped for the many challenges created by trade and other forms of contact with China.

The Master’s degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Aarhus teaches you to read, write, speak and understand modern Chinese, and you gain in-depth knowledge of Chinese history and social conditions. During the 2 years of your Master’s degree programme, you personally shape your degree through your choice of elective subjects and practical training, and as a result, you become equipped to work with aspects of China and the Chinese language in the area you find most important.


In order to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in Chinese Studies, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with Chinese Studies as your main subject or with Chinese Studies as your main subject plus an optional subject taught at upper secondary school.


A Master’s degree in Chinese Studies counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and has two tracks:

  • Track A: For students with a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies.
  • Track B: For students with a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies plus an optional subject taught at upper secondary school.

Admission requirements

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See the general documentation requirements.

Please note that applicants are NOT required to upload course descriptions.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in China Studies (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme structure

Academic regulations


Student life

In Chinese studies at the University of Aarhus, you become part of a lively study environment, and there are many opportunities for participating in both academic and social activities.

You can take part in the following:

  • Student Committee: This is the students’ political body, where you can discuss everything from academic regulations to Christmas lunches and excursions. The Student Committee consists of students of both Chinese and Japanese studies, and it is a great place to meet other students. The Student Committee is also responsible for organising celebrations and Friday bars, and for showing Asian films to the students.
  • In addition, there are many other events for students at the Faculty of Humanities and the University of Aarhus in general – e.g. lectures, intro days, career days, seminars, celebrations and sports days. Click here for more information.

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Job profile

The most common career paths for graduates of Chinese Studies are:

  • Teaching: Chinese is offered as an elective subject at some upper secondary schools. Chinese is also taught at universities and folk high schools, etc.
  • Sales and marketing: In recent years, China has become one of the world’s economic heavyweights, and graduates are therefore employed in Danish and foreign companies in China, where they work with communication and marketing, etc.
  • Course organiser: Some graduates develop courses in language and cultural understanding for the business community.
  • Travel, conferences and tourism: Along with the increased interest in China, the number of both private individuals and companies travelling to China is also increasing. Some Chinese Studies graduates therefore work with planning and undertaking travel activities.

If you wish to pursue a career as a researcher, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s Graduate School. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your Master’s degree.

For more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, click here.

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies, you acquire the following competences:

  • Language: You read, speak, write and understand modern Chinese.
  • Culture and society: You have in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture, history and social conditions.
  • Communication: As a Chinese Studies graduate, you have excellent communication skills. You can express yourself correctly in specific contexts, both verbally and in writing, and you also know how to adapt a message to different target groups in intercultural contexts.
  • Structure: You have worked thoroughly with the Chinese language and have experience in defining a topic relating to China and examining it in depth. You are also able to work independently with tasks and projects.
  • Interdisciplinary skills and collaboration: Through your choice of elective subjects and a period of practical training, you get an opportunity to see your academic skills from different angles, and gain insight into how to use them in an actual job situation.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.