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Chinese Studies (BA)

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. 

For more information on Malaysian Academy of Han Studies - MHAS: (Foundation Certificate in Sinology) click in Modules below.


Chinese Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: 5DN2
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Chinese Studies & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV11
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Chinese Studies & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV16
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Chinese Studies & Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: TL16
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Chinese Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: TQ13 
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Chinese Studies & Heritage (BA)
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Chinese Studies & History (BA)
UCAS Code: 46N3
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Chinese Studies & Philosophy (BA)
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Chinese Studies with Foundation Year (BA)
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Tuition Fees 2020/21

Why choose this course?

  1. Wide range of modules, focusing on China’s history, archaeology, philosophy, religions, film and literature.
  2. Chance to study broad sweep of history from ancient Chinese culture and to modern China’s rise to become a global superpower.
  3. Opportunities to learn Chinese language and study abroad.
  4. Hands-on approach and innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  5. Chance to combine your studies with modules from a wide range of other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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 the point of entry into the programme.

Module Topics
  • Basic Chinese
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Advanced Chinese
  • Chinese Cinema and Politics
  • Chinese Religion and Culture
  • Chinese Stories of the Supernatural 
  • Classical Chinese 
  • History and Civilisation of Traditional China
  • One-year placement in China
  • What makes civilisation?
  • Yangshend and Daoist Body Philosophy

Malaysian Academy of Han Studies - MAHS: (Foundation Certificate in Sinology) 

  • Mode of teaching: Online
  • On-site Tutor Location: Malaysian Academy of Han Studies 
  • Tuition Fees: RM12,000

Level 3

Column ModuleCredit valueModule title 
SICH3005 20An introduction to Classical Chinese Literature
SICH300730Ancient Chinese Morality: Ethical Business and Enterprise
SICH300120Ancient Chinese Morality and Ethical Living
SICH300220Classical Chinese
SICH300330Introduction to the Four Books

 The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 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, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Plus visiting Lecturers from Beijing Union University

Entry Criteria

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 Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Communication, business
  • Cultural and social advocacy
  • Film and media
  • Fundraising, management consultancy, research
  • Health, food and lifestyle
  • Human, animal and land rights
  • International development, aid and charity organisations
  • Museums, heritage, tourism
  • Publishing
  • Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
  • Teaching
Additional Costs

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 Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these 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.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

Chinese Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: 5DN2
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV11
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV16
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: TL16
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: TQ13 
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Heritage (BA)
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & History (BA)
UCAS Code: 46N3
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Philosophy (BA)
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies with Foundation Year (BA)
Apply via UCAS

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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