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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Lampeter Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Programme focuses on the study and research of the ancient religions, languages and great texts of China. Students will study the ‘ancient wisdom’ of China, which is of great cultural significance and is increasingly seen as relevant to contemporary concerns, such as personal and societal well-being and sustainability.

Course Overview

This Programme will focus on advanced-level engagement with (Classical Chinese) Buddhist texts and the spiritual, cultural and political values and practices that they embody.

Modules will focus on enhancing understanding of Classical Chinese and methodologies such as textual criticism, commentary, and textual analysis, also aspects of Sanskrit and the communication of Buddhist texts through Sanskrit.

This will be followed by modules which are thematically organised around the study of key texts from within The Complete Library of the Four Branches Literature and The Essence Encyclopaedia of the Four Branches of Literature. Textual study modules are thematically focused and will consider the issues such as the origins and content of key texts, and the history and developments in translation, commentary and reception of them.

Assessment

An MA degree in Chinese Buddhist Textual Studies involves a wide range of assessment methods. Assessment will be both English medium and in the medium of Ancient Chinese, dependent on the particular module being studied.

Assessment methods include essays, translation into modern Chinese or English, translation with annotation or critical commentary, oral presentation, teaching placement portfolio and, of course, the dissertation.

This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

Career Opportunities

Possible employment roles for graduates from this programme include:

  • teachers and educators in a range of settings in both China and the UK;
  • academic researchers in traditional texts and ancient Chinese texts;
  • translation work
  • educational administration and policy
  • ethical business and commercial ventures
  • community work and initiatives
  • voluntary and travel industries
  • heritage conservation; archive and museum work
  • corporate and personal coaches/trainers in ancient Chinese ‘wisdom’ and life skills.

The expected employability skills gained by graduates from these programmes are advanced information handling and communication skills; high levels of self and project management; the practical application of high-level skills in textual analysis and interpretation.

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University information

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • University League Table

    91st

  • Campus address

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3EP, Wales

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 33 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40 40%

    32nd

    2
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%

    12th

    22

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