KIN4595 – Master's Thesis in Chinese Culture and Society

Course content

The Master’s thesis is 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 focus of the thesis may be chosen from a wide range of topics associated with Chinese culture, society, language or politics, historically or in contemporary times. The topic is chosen in cooperation with the assigned supervisor, and it has to be approved by the supervisor. Supervision is compulsory, and a responsibility for both student and teacher.

The thesis should be between 35 to 50 pages long (17 500 – 25 000 words) including footnotes, but excluding list of references and appendixes.

The thesis must be partly based on sources (primary or secondary) in Chinese language, and the supervisor has to approve the selection and number of Chinese sources used.

Learning outcome

You learn:

  • To develop a new research project from the original idea to a fully completed research report in the form of a Master’s thesis.
  • To critically and independently collect and assess large amounts of source material.
  • To analyse and present in an accessible form your own collected data in relation to existing relevant research and theories.
  • To work with deadlines and requirements regarding style, form and content of written academic work.


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Academic supervision of the master’s thesis is compulsory. Up to 9 hours of individual supervision will be given. Supervisors will be assigned by the department, and it is the responsibility of both student and supervisor to ensure that supervision takes place. Before you submit your thesis, your supervisor must formally confirm that a minimum of supervision has taken place, and that s/he has read and commented on earlier drafts of chapters or the whole thesis.


A Master's thesis 35 to 50 pages long (17 500 – 25 000 words) including footnotes, but excluding list of references and appendixes.

The Master's thesis is to be handed in by 1 December in the Autumn semester and 1 June in the Spring semester.

Guidelines for submission of a Master's thesis at IKOS.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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