BA Chinese Civilisation and Medieval Studies
The course focuses on in-depth study of China and Europe from approximately AD 200-1400.
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.
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
- 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:
- Non-governmental organisations
- Media and publishing
- Journalism and Reviewing
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
UK/EU Tuition Fees
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Overseas Tuition Fees
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Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Chinese Civilisation and Medieval Studies 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.