BA Chinese Civilisation and Anthropology


This is a Joint Honours degree combining the subject areas of Chinese Studies and Anthropology.

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UCAS Code: T1L6
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.


Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures in all their richness and diversity. Anthropologists are interested in anything and everything that humans do, whenever and wherever they do it - from body modification practices among remote tribal groups in Africa, to the use of online social networking sites such as Facebook in contemporary Western societies. The anthropology staff at Trinity Saint David have wide-ranging research interests and as a result we cover an extensive array of thematic and geographical areas in our teaching programme. This gives students a real insight into the human condition.

We also have a unique approach to teaching anthropology: we recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with 'other' cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour, and if you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to experience what it means to be an anthropologist. Indeed, Trinity Saint David is one of the few places where undergraduate students are provided with a practical training in anthropological research methodologies in addition to the theory which is integral to any academic qualification in anthropology. This emphasis on anthropology as the practice of theory means that Trinity Saint David graduates acquire a valuable set of transferable skills which will stand them in good stead in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

A degree in anthropology is invaluable in many professions where the need to understand human behaviour is essential.  

Typical modules include:

  • Cultural Politics;
  • Death and Burial;
  • European Ethnography;
  • Understanding Contemporary China;
  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China;
  • Confucian Ethics;
  • Chinese Cinema: Aesthetics and Politics;
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China;
  • Kinship, Gender and Sexuality;
  • Medical Anthropology; and,
  • Political and Economic Anthropology.

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Interdisciplinary programme
  • Intimate, informal group teaching
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Opportunity to study in China
  • No prior experience of China required
  • Opportunity to develop independent research projects and practical, transferable skills
  • Lecturers have geographically wide fieldwork experience 

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
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Media and publishing
  • Journalism and Reviewing
  • Postgraduate research

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 Anthropology 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.