Chinese Studies

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Building on a solid linguistic foundation in modern and classical Chinese, the Lampeter course focuses on the study of China’s history, philosophy, religions, film and literature, exploring how China has historically evolved to become the country it is today. Our modules examine China’s transformations both from a China-centred perspective as well as from the point of view of its manifold interactions with other countries and civilisations.

We are one of the very few Chinese Studies programmes in the UK with a focus on China’s classical culture. You will gain access to the richness of this culture by studying its vast textual, archaeological and artistic heritage.

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Students also have the option to study this degree programme as part of a Politics Pathway or Economics Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 5DN2
UCAS Code (Foundation): CHF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
4 Years

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

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The BA Chinese Studies aims to develop fluency in Mandarin and familiarise students with Chinese history and culture in its various manifestations across the entire span of China's pre-modern and modern history. Individual modules examine China’s history, media, politics, philosophy and religions in both past and present.

Single Honours students will spend one year in China, at Beijing Union University or one of our other Chinese partner institutions. This option is also open to Joint Honours students. 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.

We welcome applications from applicants both with and without prior knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin).

Applicants who have obtained formal qualifications in Mandarin such as HSK, GSCE or A-Level will be allowed to take language modules at the appropriate level. We will conduct an entry test to determine a student's actual proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing at point of entry into the programme.

The course can be studied in combination with another subject (Joint Honours). For possible combinations see  “Related Courses”.


Language Modules

Thematic Modules

Study/Research Skills

Total Credits


Basic Chinese 1+2 (40 credits)

 60 credits

 20 credits



One-year placement in China


 Intermediate Chinese 1+2 (40 credits)

 60 credits (incl. Classical Chinese)

 20 credits



Advanced Chinese 1+2 (40 credits)

 40 credits

 40 credits Dissertation


Thematic modules (each worth 20 credits; selection):

  • What makes civilisation?
  • Classical Chinese
  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • From Empire to Nation: The Modern History of China
  • Chinese Religion and Culture
  • Chinese Cinema and Politics
  • Yangsheng and Daoist Body Philosophy
  • Chinese Stories of the Supernatural

Lampeter has been at the forefront of Chinese Studies provision in Wales since 1992 when it started to offer modules in the field of Chinese religion and culture, and Confucian and Daoist Philosophy. A Single Honours BA Chinese Studies was first validated by the University in 2007 to address a growing demand for graduates with linguistic and cultural expertise related to China.

Lampeter offers the unique opportunity to combine Chinese Studies with a range of other subjects in a Joint Honours programme. A Joint Honours degree has the advantage that in addition to being trained in a subject you will also receive a solid grounding in the methodology and key themes of another 'systematic' discipline, a good preparation for postgraduate study.

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.

We are a small university and relish the intensive contact between lecturers and students.

Our staff is regularly commended by external examiners for the comprehensiveness and high quality of their feedback to students. Our students also benefit from small class sizes.

Using a variety of teaching and assessment methods contributes to the breadth of scope of the undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies, with seminars, tutorials, workshop sessions and field trips held alongside the more traditional lectures, as well as more modern methods utilising the internet and other e-learning facilities.

The Confucius Institute (CI) enhances the Chinese Studies degree scheme through an annual summer camp and scholarships. Advanced students are encouraged to become involved in the organisation of cultural events or in one of the CI's Confucius Classrooms, a brilliant way to make practical use of your knowledge and skills and beef up your CV.

UWTSD operates generous bursary schemes to support extracurricular activities.

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

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.

Rather than preparing you for a career in one profession, a degree in Chinese Studies equips you with transferable skills that allow you to work in a wide range of roles and capacities in many areas of employment. Obviously, Chinese Studies graduates have excellent chances in all those areas where a good knowledge of Mandarin and intercultural competence are essential.

Recent graduates have entered teaching at the secondary level, where Chinese language and culture is becoming increasingly popular, or found employment in the global logistics business, tourism, the foreign service of their home country or as translators or interpreters. Some graduates have relocated to China and set up their own businesses there.

Many graduates have successfully applied for postgraduate study in various subjects at prestigious universities in the UK and abroad.

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.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Fieldtrip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£1,500

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA Chinese Studies with Anthropology
  • BA Chinese Studies and English
  • BA Chinese Studies and History
  • BA Chinese Studies and Heritage
  • Ba Chinese Studies and Medieval Studies
  • BA Chinese Studies and Philosophy
  • BA Chinese Studies and Religious Studies
  • BA Chinese Studies with Education Studies
  • BA Chinese Studies and Medieval Studies

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

 Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Chinese 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.

 The educational programme and cultural events organised by the Confucius Institute, the first to be established in Wales in 2007, complements and enhances the Chinese Studies degree schemes in various ways.

The CI offers:

  • Scholarships
  • A two-week summer camp
  • Cultural events
  • Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

Opportunities to become involved in workshops to a wide range of audiences.