BA Chinese Studies and History

The joint honours Chinese Studies and History is the ideal choice for students who are interested in history and would like to learn the craft of an historian, but who would also like to specialise in an exciting region imbued with a strong sense of history: China. 

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 46N3
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Cultural Studies
Contact Name:
Associate Prof Thomas Jansen
Language Choice:

This programme of study combines training in modern Chinese (Mandarin) with providing a solid foundation in the study of history. About one third of the course, 2 modules per year, is devoted to learning Mandarin while the remaining 4 modules cover a range of historical periods and themes, for instance war and conflict. While students have the opportunity to place a certain focus on Chinese history, for example by choosing their dissertation topic in this field, all students are expected to acquire a sound foundation in general history as well as historical methodology. The aim of the programme is to train well-rounded historians with specialist knowledge in Chinese history who further have the linguistic skills necessary to conduct historical research at an advanced level.

Students have the option to spend the second semester of their second year at a university in China to improve their Chinese. Alternatively, they may intercalate a whole year in China after their first or second year of study. Chinese Studies at UWTSD has an excellent track-record of securing Chinese government scholarships to support students wishing to undertake study abroad.

  • Basic Chinese
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Advanced Chinese (Applied Language Practice)
  • An Introduction: from the French Revolution to the Holocaust
  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • Understanding Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
  • Britain and the Great War
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
  • Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy, 1789-1945
  • Religion, Society and the State in China, 1800-2000
  • History and theory of Genocide
  • History and theory of Warfare

Chinese Studies and History offers a solid grounding in the methodology and key themes of a 'systematic' discipline as well as linguistic competence in one of the main global languages. This combination makes our graduates ideal applicants for postgraduate programmes.

Students with prior knowledge of Chinese can enter the language programme at a level appropriate to their knowledge, ranging from Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Further Advanced to Higher Advanced level. For example, students with good GCSE or A-Level results in Mandarin can expect to take Intermediate Chinese in their first year.

Other unique features of the course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
  • Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
  • Dr Thomas Jansen
  • Dr Yanxia Zhao
  • Duo Luan

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.

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.

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.

  • Teaching/ education officer
  • Local Government, community, local politics
  • Journalism
  • Law and advocacy
  • Business
  • Tourism and travel
  • Translation work
  • Volunteering
  • Social work
  • Publishing
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Politics
  • General administrative and management posts; civil service

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

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.