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KIN4090 – Chinese Master’s Degree thesis in language

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Course content

The Master’s Degree thesis should be a scientific investigation of a theoretical or empirical kind; it represents an independent piece of research, carried out under supervision. The research question should be precisely defined, the method well founded and the argumentation systematically presented. The subject and research topic for the thesis may be chosen from a wide range of topics associated with Chinese language, culture and society, and are chosen in cooperation with the supervisor. Supervision is compulsory. The thesis should be about 70 to 100 pages (2300 characters per page ), and at least 20 % of the bibliography should consist of publications in Chinese. The thesis is normally written in English.

In addition to supervision, students must attend a monthly thesis seminar (3 meetings per semester) led by members of the academic staff. The seminar gives students opportunities to present and discuss drafts and sketches, as well as training in commenting on the drafts and sketches of other students.

Learning outcome

The writing of the thesis provides students with training in developing research projects from original idea to fully completed research report in the form of a Master’s thesis. An aim of the thesis work is also to develop the students’ ability to critically and independently assess source material in accordance with relevant theories.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the MA degree programme in Chinese Studies under the Programme for Asian and African Studies and passing grades in the compulsory courses.


Academic supervision of the Master’s degree thesis is compulsory. Up to 8 hours of individual supervision will be given. Supervisors will be assigned by the department. Supervision commences when the Agreement of supervision is signed, and follows these guidelines.

Participation in the monthly thesis seminars led by members of the academic staff is compulsory. Students who spend part of their study time abroad may apply for partial exemption.


The MA thesis is to be handed in by 15 November in the autumn semester and 15 May in the spring semester.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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Spring and autumn

Individual supervision


Spring and autumn

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