Master of Chinese Cultural Relations

This Master program is offered by the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. A challenging degree program which is designed to meet the needs of cultural institutions and government departments increasingly engaged in cultural exchanges between Australia and China.

The course will help you develop an understanding of Australian and Chinese cultures and their cultural policies, intercultural communication, international business management, and cultural diplomacy.

This degree program requires 18 months full-time study. Individual units may be taken separately and students in full-time employment can spread their studies over successive years. Australian students may engage critically with local culture through one unit of study in China. Students who only complete part of the course can obtain a certificate or diploma. The first year of this program is focused on coursework, and the second year on a major research project. The purpose of the project is to encourage students to apply the knowledge and skills from previous units to a real-life setting which may involve a work placement in Australia. For both domestic and international students, this Masters program also provides a pathway to higher degree research study.

Course Structure

The course structure is outlined in the Handbook (opens in a new window). Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Fees, Delivery and How to Apply

For information including tuition fees, course delivery mode and how to apply, please visit: Master of Chinese Cultural Relations (opens in a new window).

Nexus Scholarships

The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture will offer up to 33 scholarships in the calendar years 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Master of Chinese Cultural Relations (MCCR).

The scholarships will provide a cost of living stipend and cover all or partial tuition fees. Equal numbers of these scholarships are available to domestic and international applicants. Applications will beconsidered based on previous academic achievement and relevant work experience. The scholarships (based on academic progression) may be offered to cover one or more of the three parts of the 18-month degree course, as follows:

  • $4,000 for Semester 1 (coursework)
  • $4,000 for Semester 2 (coursework)
  • $8,000 for Semester 3 (research project involving a thesis of 10,000 to 15,000 words to be completed within six months)

The three parts in total will amount to $16,000.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Asian Studies, International Relations, Languages, Linguistics or Creative Arts; or completion of an undergraduate degree in other disciplines plus two years of working experience in a relevant discipline.
  • International students (or students whose qualifications have been obtained outside of Australia) need to have an English Proficiency in IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub test or equivalent, or have a degree which can be confirmed has been taught in English and was completed less than three years prior to their application.
  • Have a GPA of 5.25 on a 7 point scale or equivalent in their most recent undergraduate degree.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in this degree course.
  • Provide two academic references. Letters of support from academics (certified and on letterhead) from previous degrees.
  • If presenting professional or research experience towards eligibility criteria, please provide one academic and one professional reference as evidence of this experience. This evidence should be in the form of two individual letters (certified and on letterhead) one from a previous University and the other verifying the details of the employer and a short description of the duties that were performed.
  • Provide a Research Intent Statement: no more than 250 words explaining the extent to which your previous academic, research or professional experience aligns with the proposed research topic that you will undertake in the thesis component of this Master’s Program and Western Sydney University.
  • Must be a recipient of an unconditional offer to the Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and have accepted this offer.
  • Must reside in Australia for the duration of the degree course, except for periods of approved leave.
  • Must commence in the current session for which the scholarship is offered.
  • Cannot apply to have more than 60cps of advanced standing.

Progression

  • Must achieve minimum academic standard (as outlined in the terms and conditions set out in Schedule 1 below) to continue to receive the scholarship.

Ineligible if the applicant

  • Does not meet admission requirements
  • Is a "study abroad" or exchange student already admitted to Western Sydney University
  • Has been awarded another scholarship by Western Sydney University or another organisation that fully or partially covers the cost of tuition fees at Western Sydney University
  • Commencement is deferred

Schedule 1 (Progression)

SemesterRequirementPayment Amount

Master of Chinese Cultural Relations: Year 1

(Semester 1)

Successful completion of four units (3 core and 1 alternate)

  • Student must pass (50%) all four units
$4,000 lump sum payment

Master of Chinese Cultural Relations: Year 1

(Semester 2)

Successful completion of all four units and achieve an average credit level in Semester 2

  • Student must pass (50%) all four units
  • Student must achieve an average of 65% or above across all four units
$4,000 lump sum payment

Master of Chinese Cultural Relations: Year 2

(Semester 1)

Research Project in Cultural Exchange:

  • Student must complete all units in Year 1; that is, must pass (50%) all units
  • Student must achieve an average of 65 or above across all units

$8,000 for 6 month period

Application

International Students

A separate application for the scholarship is not necessary. To be considered for the Nexus Scholarships, please submit your application (opens in a new window) for the Master of Chinese Cultural Relations. You will be invited to supply supporting documents addressing the Scholarship Eligibility Criteria upon being issued an Offer or Conditional Offer of Admission for the course. Successful applicants will be notified after this process.

Autumn applications for international students close on 23 April 2018.

Domestic Students

A separate application for the scholarship is not necessary. To be considered for the Nexus Scholarships, please ensure your application (opens in a new window) for the Master of Chinese Cultural Relations contains all supporting Scholarship Eligibility Criteria documents. Successful applicants will be notified after this process.

Autumn applications for domestic students close on 30 June 2018.

Make an Enquiry

For any enquires about Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and/or Nexus Scholarships, please contact Lindsay Liu (Email: lindsay.liu@westernsydney.edu.au).