The English-language Master in Chinese Studies offers a comprehensive programme of postgraduate instruction for students with a BA in Chinese Studies as well as graduates from the humanities and social sciences with appropriate language skills in Modern Chinese. Focusing on religions and literature as well as economic and social history, teaching and research in Leipzig pay equal attention to China’s traditions and to their ruptures and continuities in the present day.

zur Vergrößerungsansicht des Bildes: männlicher Steinlöwe mit Ball, der die Kraft des Reiches symbolisiert, Foto: Merle Schatz
A widespread symbol in China: Male stone lion with embroidered ball, representing the imperial power. Photo: Merle Schatz


Application Procedures

MA Chinese Studies – Summer Semester 2024 and Winter Semester 2024/25

Please note that application procedures differ slightly for applicants with German and non-German degrees!

If you have an undergraduate degree from a German university you need to
1. first pass the academic aptitude test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung) of the Institute of East Asian Studies (see below), and
2. then enroll formally as a Leipzig University graduate student, following the procedures outlined on the university’s website.

If you have an undergraduate degree from an institution outside of Germany, you need to
1. first submit an application through the Uni-Assist system. Please note the deadlines and requirements on the Uni-Assist website.
2. then follow the two steps described above.

Institute of East Asian Studies’ Academic Aptitude Test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung):

To register for the aptitude test for the Master’s programme in Chinese Studies, you need to submit the following documents:

  • Photocopy of a certificate of higher education entrance qualification according to §17 SächsHSG (such as general higher education entrance qualification, high school diploma, subject-related higher education entrance qualification, or Fachhochschulreife) or a certificate recognized as equivalent by law or by the competent state authority;
  • Certificate of a first undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree (incl. transcript of records and diploma supplement) or proof that this degree can be achieved by the beginning of the Master’s programme;
  • Proof of Chinese language competence in spoken and written form at the level of rank 5 of the new HSK examination (Xin Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi of 2010), except for applicants whose mother tongue is Chinese.
  • Proof of knowledge in English (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Level B2 or equivalent, documented by an internationally recognized test certificate such as TOEFL or IELTS);
  • a curriculum vitae in tabular form;
  • a written academic paper (e.g., if already available, a copy of the completed Bachelor’s thesis or a term paper completed in the undergraduate programme);
  • a cover letter, in which the applicant explains his/her study objectives and interests, as well as motivation for choosing the Leipzig MA programme.

Please send your application by email to: Dr. Jörg Hüsemann Institute of East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies), Schillerstr. 6, 04109 Leipzig, Germany

The complete application documents must be received by

 19 January 2024 for the summer semester 2024, and 14 June 2023 for the winter semester 2024/25.

In most cases, an additional interview will be held in

January 2024 for the summer semester 2024, and June 2024 for the winter semester 2024/25.

The applicants concerned will be informed at least one week in advance. Examination interviews may also be conducted via video conference (e.g., Skype or Facetime) if the applicant’s personal presence in Leipzig is not possible.

Attention! As already mentioned above, the passed aptitude test is not the final step in the procedure, but merely a prerequisite for the application for admission to the Master’s programme at the University of Leipzig. This formal application must be submitted to the University by the specified deadlines.

The exact admission requirements can be found in the Curricular Regulations and Aptitude Assessment Regulations of the M. A. in Chinese Studies programme. Please note that a formal undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies is not an absolute requirement for admission. Graduates of other B. A. programmes can also apply if they fulfil the other requirements, in particular the expected level of competence in the Chinese language. For specific enquiries regarding the Master’s programme in Chinese Studies, please contact the graduate adviser.

Procedure for Starting a Master Thesis

1. Preparation
Once you know your general area of interest, consult with one of the following faculty members as a possible first thesis adviser:

  • Prof. Dr. Philip Clart
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Kaske
  • Dr. Jörg Henning Hüsemann
  • Dr. des. Adrian Krawczyk

You can choose a second thesis advisor from outside the department depending on your research topic.

2. Research Proposal
You will have to write a research proposal and get approval from your advisor before you formally register your thesis. Please note that:
1. Your advisor has to sign the registration form,
2. You will have only limited time to complete your thesis once formal registration is completed.
Check the guideline “How to Present a Research Proposal” for details.
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Template Research Proposal

3. Formal Registration
Formal registration of your Master Thesis is only possible at the Examination Office:
Dr. Cornelia Brandt
Beethoven Street 15
GWZ – Room H5 0.09
04107 Leipzig

Information regarding deadlines, application forms, and documents to be submitted can be found here

AppLication Form

4. Student Advisory Services

Chinese Studies Department: Dr. Jörg Hüsemann
Student Office of the College of History, Art, and Oriental Studies

Cover sheet MA thesis

Template Cover sheet MA thesis

Template Research Internship

Template Research Internship

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