BA Chinese Civilisation and English


Students on this course study aspects of Chinese culture and English literature.


Key Facts

UCAS Code: T13Q
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years (full-time)

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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Chinese Civilisation

China is one of the world’s great civilisations with a rich cultural heritage providing the backdrop to a dynamic contemporary society. The Lampeter programme in Chinese Civilisation aims to broadly familiarise students with Chinese history and culture in its various manifestations across the entire span of China's pre-modern and modern history.

This programme is designed for students who wish to study China without having to go through our Mandarin language programme which aims at fluency in Chinese. However, you will still have the opportunity to acquire basic competence in Mandarin by choosing the introductory Basic Chinese 1 module in the first semester and by taking further Mandarin classes in the Confucius Institute. 


English is a dynamic and diverse subject, ranging from the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary blockbusters, from the realist novels of the 19th century to the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This degree combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English studies (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory.

Designed to offer a challenging and enjoyable intellectual experience, it also provides a foundation for a host of different careers, fostering and developing many of the skills necessary for the modern workplace. 

Typical modules include:

  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • Chinese Cinema: Aesthetics and Politics
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
  • Contemporary Culture
  • Understanding Contemporary China
  • Film and Magazine Production
  • New Media
  • Research Skills
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Shakespeare
  • The American Short Story
  • The Business of Writing
  • The Novel
  • The Renaissance 

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Interdisciplinary programme
  • Opportunity to study in China
  • No prior experience of China required
  • The University is home to the first Confucius Institute in Wales
  • The Centre for Daoism is located on the Lampeter Campus
  • Study literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present day
  • Committed staff with a wide range of scholarly and creative publications who are experienced in teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Individual pathways tailored to suit your interests
  • Options of work-oriented courses such as The Business of Writing, New Media and Film and Magazine Production
  • Research active, published staff with expertise in literature, television, film, drama and writing
  • Modular choice
  • Strong vocational relevance
  • Regular trips, conferences, and events

The School uses a wide range of assessment methods to ensure that students are given opportunities to demonstrate their attainment of learning outcomes and achieve a range of valuable transferable skills. Assessment methods include:

  • Written assignments
  • Examinations
  • Time tests
  • Portfolios of work
  • Oral presentations
  • Extended essays/dissertations
  • Reflective tasks

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Teaching
  • Translation
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Media and publishing
  • Journalism and Reviewing
  • Business and commerce
  • Web Design
  • Editing and Content Writing 

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Chinese Civilisation and English at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.