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Oxford University
  • Data de início

    2020 - 2021
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    Oxford University
  • Qualification

    Master of Philosophy

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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2019). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via The MPhil examines the Sinitic tradition and its development and adaptations in China, Korea and Japan. It will appeal to students wishing to develop an intimate knowledge of the region for academic purposes or as preparation for careers in museology, libraries, journalism, diplomacy, international banking, business, law, government service, secondary education or non-governmental organisations. First year In the first year, you will prepare a 2,000-word essay every two weeks. You should have some proficiency in an East Asian language (Chinese, Korean or Japanese). A three-hour qualifying examination in a modern language is held at the end of the third term. If your proficiency in your main language is not up to academic standards you will prepare for an examination in that language. If on arrival your proficiency is up to academic standards you will choose a different modern East Asian language for research purposes and prepare for the examination in the selected language. You will be required to follow a general course in Classical Chinese, Classical Japanese or Middle Korean for another three-hour qualifying examination at the end of the third term. Instruction may take the form of lectures, text classes or some combination of the two. You will prepare and present English translations in text classes. Depending on your ability you may be permitted to follow more than one classical language, but you must choose only one classical language for your qualifying examination. You will attend a general overview graduate seminar, for which you receive a reading list and write four 2,000-word essays per term. Students meet together every two weeks in a 90-minute seminar to present the gist of their essays and discuss the topic at hand. The qualifying examination for the seminar consists of an assessment of your three best essays from the twelve prepared over the year. No marks are given, and you must choose and submit one essay at the end of each term that you feel presents the best of your work. Second year In the second year, you will spend a good portion of your time researching and writing your dissertations. There are no modern language requirements in the second year, but you may opt to monitor or audit classes in a modern or classical language that you were unable to study or for which you would like further study. The classical language requirement consists of reading prescribed texts in Classical Chinese or Classical Japanese or Middle Korean. Texts are chosen in consultation with one of the Course Coordinators and drawn from canonical literature in the areas of history, literature, and philosophy. The final examination is a three-hour written examination at the end of the second year. You have eight one-hour classes spread over three terms. For the Bibliography and Methodology requirement, you will choose a country specialisation (Korea, China or Japan) and prepare answers to a series of exercises requiring you to find specific and general information in the classical bibliography of one of the three countries. You have eight one-hour classes spread over three terms. You will also prepare a thesis of between 20,000 and 30,000 words, using information gathered through at least one East Asian language. You will present your interim research results at one public colloquium held at the end of the fifth term. The dissertation is due during the sixth term. At the end of the sixth term, you will sit examinations in your chosen classical language and in bibliography and methodology on your chosen specialism. Further information on the course and examinations can be found in the Course Handbook, which can be accessed via the faculty's course webpage.

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