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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


Chinese studies and sinology have flourished in recent decades, in tandem with the economic and political rise of the People's Republic of China. As the world's longest continuous civilisation, China provides rich sources and case studies for a diverse range of research in the humanities and social sciences. At Monash University, graduate research in Chinese studies and sinology is focused on political, historical and cultural issues in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Several staff members also have strong interdisciplinary interests in Taiwan studies. In addition to individual supervision, the program runs graduate research workshops on theoretical and methodological issues of relevance to China research. Many of our graduate students also undertake field research as part of their candidature, supported with University, school or program funding. Several graduate supervisors in Chinese studies also have the experience and expertise to co-supervise students enrolled in linguistics and translation studies.

Research supervision is available in areas including:

  • Chinese thought and intellectual history
  • Chinese politics and foreign relations
  • post-Mao Chinese society
  • mainland and diasporic cultural issues
  • Taiwan history and cross-strait relations
  • Taiwan politics and foreign relations
  • traditional and modern Chinese culture and literature (including Chinese culture in the digital age).


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points comprising two coursework units and a thesis.

Course coordinator

Dr Warren Sun

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.