This program allows students to thoroughly engage with China while affording them the flexibility to explore their personal research interests. Your fellow classmates come from a broad range of backgrounds, brought together by a common passion for China.
I valued the flexibility of the program, which allowed me to arrive with an interest in rural microeconomic inequality and leave with a passion for the US-China space relationship. The department generously funded a dissertation research visit to the United Nations in New York; resources available across the program are unparalleled, as are the mentors.
Outside the classroom, you are given the opportunity to pursue activities that are integral to a holistic exploration of China. A fellow student, Mathew Yates, and I had the opportunity to present research at the Fourth Oxford Graduate Conference on Contemporary China, and I was able to become involved in the postgraduate research group China’s Health, Environment, and Welfare (CHEW), assisting in organizing their yearly conference.
The quality of this program is recognized outside of Oxford and opens up many prospects; fellow students went on to further education, government work, and the private sector, just to name a few. Three students from my cohort are currently working for their respective embassies in Beijing, examples that testify to the rigor and applicability of this program.