BA Chinese Civilisation and Religious Studies


This course focuses on the study of the religious traditions in China and in the Western traditions.


Key Facts

UCAS Code: T1V6
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years (full-time)

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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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. 

You cannot truly understand our society, history, and the world around us without understanding the multiplicity of religions. The religious studies elements of this course are designed to help students understand religions in their cultural, sociological, historical and theological contexts. You will be exposed to the dynamic relationship between religion and society and will examine the roles that religions play in the pressing issues of our era. The programme takes students beyond superficial media coverage of contemporary events into deeper issues of history, identity, and the implications of religious commitment for issues of world concern.

The religious studies course covers an extensive array of thematic and geographical areas as well as a wide range of religions. This gives you a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religions in the world. You will have the opportunity to visit places of worship and acquire practical, first-hand engagement with 'other' cultures and religions.

Within Chinese Studies, individual modules examine China's economic development, its history, media, politics, philosophy and religions, both in ancient and in modern times. As a student of Chinese Studies, you will have the opportunity to visit China and experience Chinese culture first-hand. All students have a further chance to apply for short-term language courses in China and scholarships administered by the Centre for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute.


Typical modules include:

  • Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • Understanding Contemporary China
  • Confucian Ethics
  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • Religious Experience
  • Asian Religious Traditions
  • Thinking About Religion
  • Religion and Film
  • New Religious Movements
  • The Life of Muhammad

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Taught by experts in their respective fields
  • Opportunity to develop independent research projects
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Opportunities for excursions to places of worship, previous trips have included Israel, Egypt, Syria, New York, Rome
  • Opportunity to study in China
  • Independent research project

Visiting Lecturers from Beijing Union University

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 96 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

For any students considering studying BA Chinese Civilisation and Religious 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.