Double Degree Programme

Stockholm by night. Photo: Stockholms stad
Stockholm by night. Photo: Stockholms stad

Do you dream of working in an international environment within a government agency, organisation or business? Or would you rather immerse yourself in researching a topic that you are passionate about?


Hangzhou. Photo: Han Sheng, HiCenter
Hangzhou. Photo: Han Sheng, HiCenter

Our students have the best of both worlds – the advantage of not only being able to communicate in several languages, but also of having a deeper understanding of different cultures. In today’s highly competitive job market, being able to speak Chinese never fails to impress prospective employers and is a much sought-after skill in the business world. 

General Information

In 2014, Stockholm University proudly presented its new two-year Master’s programme in China Studies, comprised of 120 ECTS and leading to a double Master's degree – one from Stockholm University and one from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. The first term provides linguistic preparation in Chinese at Stockholm University before the subsequent studies during the second and third terms at Zhejiang University. The final term is devoted to the Master’s degree project at Stockholm University.

The programme offers advanced studies of the Chinese language (Mandarin), as well as a thorough examination of cultural and societal aspects of modern-day China. During the exchange to China, students will have the opportunity to maximise their language development and learning as well as to gather material for their Master’s thesis. The courses combine theory, practice and fieldwork with excursions and study visits to give the students a well-rounded experience of contemporary Chinese culture.

The programme is a collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Zhejiang University 浙江大学人文学部 in Hangzhou 杭州 (PRC) and the Nordic universities in Oslo, Copenhagen and Aarhus, which are part of the Nordic Consortium for China Studies (NCCS). For more information, please visit the NCCS official website.


Second cycle studies in China Studies will open many doors and career opportunities to make international connections as well as to work with analysing modern-day China within both the public and private spheres. The Master’s programme builds on knowledge gained from first cycle studies in Chinese and aims to provide the students with an advanced knowledge in the Chinese language, as well as to help the students develop an intercultural perspective that broadens and deepens their understanding of culture, politics and economy in contemporary China.

Course Structure

Term 1 at Stockholm University:

Studies with a total of 30 ECTS comprised of: Advanced Modern Chinese 15 ECTS, English for Academic Research 7.5 ECTS (taught at the Department of English) and Scientific Method and Research Ethics 7.5 ECTS (taught at the Department of Philosophy) at Stockholm University.

Terms 2 & 3 at Zhejiang University:

Studies abroad at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou totaling the equivalent of 30 ECTS. This includes public courses in Mandarin, subject-related courses in a wide range of topics such as Chinese business culture, Chinese intellectual history, gender studies and so on, as well as several one-week intensive courses in various contemporary subjects related to China studies. The courses are chosen in accordance with the programme co-ordinators at both universities and all students will be appointed a supervisor from both Stockholm University and Zhejiang University to assist with preparation for the Master’s thesis. All courses are taught in Chinese and/or English, and some courses combine theory with fieldwork, excursions and study visits to enhance the students’ experience of China.

Term 4 at Stockholm University:

Master’s course (30 ECTS) devoted to preparing a Master’s thesis at Stockholm University. This includes producing an individually written paper in English and presenting a public oral defense in Chinese at a Nordic university, to be evaluated by Chinese examiners from Zhejiang University.

Upon completion of the programme, students will obtain a second cycle degree in Chinese language and culture that grants students eligibility to apply for a third cycle programme in Asian languages and cultures.

For more information regarding the programme at Zhejiang University, please visit their official webpage: China Studies Program.

General eligibility

Bachelor of Arts in the Languages and Cultures of Asia, 180 ECTS total, with a major in Chinese that contains a Bachelor's degree project of at least 15 ECTS. English proficiency equivalent to Swedish Upper Secondary School course English B/English 6. To verify your English proficiency it might be necessary for you to show a certificate. English tests accepted by Stockholm University.

Application deadline through the Swedish international application site was January 17, 2017.

It is also possible to apply through the Swedish national application site,, at the latest on April 18, 2017.

General information on Entrance requirements for Master's programmes.

​Please note that the languages of instruction are English and Chinese.

Selection process

Once the initial assessment has been made by the admissions office the application process will pass to the Department for Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies. If there are more applicants than available places a further evaluation of the applicants will take place. The department will, if necessary, contact the applicants by e-mail to obtain relevant supplementary documentation. It is expected that the applicants respond to these requests for information promptly and within the time frame stipulated by the department. Failure to do so may lead to an applicant forfeiting her or his place on the programme.

In addition to the general criteria the department will also take into account the following specific criteria:

  • Your grades attained on previous university courses
  • Your Bachelor’s Degree Project (double weight)
  • Your personal motivation letter (double weight)
  • The relevance of your previous first cycle studies

Each of these four specific criteria above will be graded on a scale of 1 to 10 and those criteria above assigned double weight will thus be multiplied by 2 to achieve a numerical value for each applicant. The applicants will be awarded a place in the programme based on these numerical values. Please be advised that this special selection process is not automatic and will only be initiated by the department if there are more applicants than avaliable places in the programme.

As soon as a decision has been made regarding the selection of students in the Master’s programme a notification will be sent by the department by e-mail to the applicants.