BA Chinese Civilisation and Philosophy


Students in this course examine the philosophical and religious traditions of China and the West.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: T1V5
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.


Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think.

Philosophy explores the big questions: -Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination.

Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through Philosophy, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it.

If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then our Philosophy degree is for you.


Typical modules include:

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Political Philosophy
  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • Confucian Ethics
  • Chinese Cinema: Aesthetics and Politics
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
  • Understanding Contemporary China

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 

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
  • 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.