BA Chinese Civilisation and Medieval Studies

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The course focuses on in-depth study of China and Europe from approximately AD 200-1400.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: T1V1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years (full-time)

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Associate Prof Thomas Jansen
Language Choice

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.

Medieval Studies

The Medieval Studies degree is structured around methodological and research modules such as Introduction to Medieval Studies in your first year, and Medieval Manuscript Studies and Documentary Sources for Medieval Studies in the second year.

To these you may add relevant modules that may be drawn from any of the contributing subject areas: History, English, Theology, Classics, and Welsh. The culmination of the degree is the special subject taken in the final year.

Teaching is mostly in small groups, which allows for interaction, discussion and debate.

Typical modules include:

  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • Confucian Ethics
  • What makes civilisation?
  • Medieval England
  • The Wars of the Roses
  • Chaucer's Comic Tales
  • Medieval Wales
  • Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Interdisciplinary programme
  • Opportunity to study in China
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
  • Interdisciplinary teaching across departments
  • Research-led teaching by authorities in medieval studies disciplines
  • Seminars on medieval manuscripts from our Roderic Bowen Library and Archives and the National Library of Wales
  • Informative field trips to local and national sites
  • Opportunity for independent research project

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

The programme requirements are normally 240 UCAS points or above, or Access to HE qualification, or Foundation course. However, we are keen to assess each application on its own merit, and will also consider non-traditional routes, although admission may be subject to an interview.

We welcome applications from adult learners (over 21) who may not possess formal qualifications but have the motivation and commitment to study for Higher Education qualifications.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Teaching
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Media and publishing
  • Journalism and Reviewing
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research

Visiting the University

 We hold central undergraduate Open Days throughout the year, the details of which are up on the website.  We encourage people to attend these organised events where possible. Open Days include visits to the academic schools, an introduction to the degree courses, the opportunity to talk to academic staff and students, a tour of the campus, including accommodation and other facilities, as well as the chance to ask any questions.  If this is not convenient you are welcome to visit on an individual basis. Our visit days are generally on a Wednesday afternoon. To book a place on a visit day, please see the online booking form on the University website.