Applications and Admissions

2021-2022 intake: This now ended. Thank you for your applications

2022-2023 intake: We will publish the new admission guidance documents in 2021. 

招生簡章 | 英國漢學院申請人提交資料確認清單

Requirements

MA Programme Application

  1. Applicants should have a BA degree or above, or equivalent qualification from an approved degree awarding body of their countries.

  2. An Academic IELTS English Language score of 6.0 overall is required, with no less than 5.5 in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or a UK NARIC approved qualification from an English-speaking country. Please note that the University will only accept IELTS certificates from a UKVI-approved test centre.

  3. Applicants are required to have the ability to read, write and comprehend classical Chinese. This will be assessed. 

  4. Applicants are required to have basic knowledge of Chinese philology and to demonstrate their ability to recite the 540 radicals from the Commentary on the Interpretation of Chinese Characters 《說文解字注》 and their proficiency in the Six Principles of character creation(六書)illustrated in the book An Introduction to Chinese Philology 《文字學概說》. This will be assessed.

  5. Applicants should familiarise themselves with all the primers in The Roots of Childhood Education of Sages 《聖學根之根》(https://edu.hwadzan.com/fabo/34) and should be able to fully interpret one primer selected from the twenty-one books of series. This will be assessed.

  6. Applicants should be able to recite one of the selected core classics listed below on Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism: 1. The Analects of Confucius, 2. The Great Learning and the Doctrine of the Mean, 3. The Excerpts of Mencius, 4. Laozi, 5. The Inner Chapters of Zhuangzi, 6. Infinite Life Sutra, 7. The Diamond Sutra. This will be assessed.

  7. Applicants are required to submit an autobiography of approximately 800 characters in classical Chinese. It should be neatly handwritten in traditional Chinese.

  8. Applicants must provide two reference letters. One of them may come from the university where the applicant graduated and the other may come from a scholar of a related discipline. Both letters must be in both Chinese and English and signed by the referees with their contact telephone numbers and email addresses. The referees (not the applicants) must send the reference letters via their own email addresses to the Academy of Sinology at sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk.

      NB. Applicants are required to read the book A Guide to Academic Writing (《學術論文寫作指引》 (林慶彰 著,九州出版社)) and familiarise themselves with the conventions of academic writing. If you are going to choose the Buddhism Pathway, you must familiarise yourself with the book Fourteen Lectures on an Overview of Buddhism (《佛學概要十四講》https://book.bfnn.org/books3/2105.htm

BA Programme Application

  1. Applicants should have a high school diploma or above, or an equivalent qualification from an approved degree awarding body of their countries.

  2. An Academic IELTS English Language score of 6.0 overall is required, with no less than 5.5 in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or a UK NARIC approved qualification from an English-speaking country. Please note that the University will only accept IELTS certificates from a UKVI-approved test centre. 

  3. Applicants are required to have the ability to read, write and comprehend classical Chinese. This will be assessed.

  4. Applicants should familiarise themselves with all the primers in The Roots of Childhood Education of Sages 《聖學根之根》 (https://edu.hwadzan.com/fabo/34) and should be able to fully interpret one primer selected from the twenty-one books of series. This will be assessed.

  5. Applicants should be able to recite the following classical texts from Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism: Guidelines for Being a Good Person 《弟子規》, Laozi’s Treatise on Cause and Effect《太上感應篇》, The Discourse on the Ten Wholesome Ways of Action 《十善業道經》, The Great Learning 《大學》 and Doctrine of the Mean 《中庸》. This will be assessed.

  6. Applicants are required to submit an autobiography of approximately 800 characters in classical Chinese. It should be neatly handwritten in traditional Chinese.

  7. Applicants must provide two reference letters.  They may come from school teachers or scholars of related disciplines, both letters must be in both Chinese and English, signed by the referees with their contact telephone numbers and email addresses. The referees (not the applicants) must send the reference letters via their own email addresses t to the Academy of Sinology at sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Pre-BA Programme Application

  1. Applicants should have a high school diploma or above, or equivalent qualification from a relevant educational institute (including home schools, years of study and subjects learnt must be specified).
     
  2. An Academic IELTS English Language score of 5.0 overall is required, with no less than 4.5 in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or a UK NARIC approved qualification from an English speaking country. Please note that the University will only accept IELTS certificates from a UKVI-approved test centre. 

  3. Applicants are required to have the ability to read, write and comprehend classical Chinese. This will be assessed.

  4. Applicants should be able to recite the following classical texts from Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism: Guidelines for Being a Good Person 《弟子規》, Laozi’s Treatise on Cause and Effect《太上感應篇》, The Discourse on the Ten Wholesome Ways of Action 《十善業道經》, The Great Learning 《大學》 and Doctrine of the Mean 《中庸》. This will be assessed.

  5. Applicants are required to submit an autobiography of approximately 800 characters in classical Chinese. It should be neatly handwritten in traditional Chinese.

  6. Applicants must provide two reference letters.  They may come from school teachers or scholars of related disciplines, both letters must be in both Chinese and English, signed by the referees with their contact telephone numbers and email addresses. The referees (not the applicants) must send the reference letters via their own email addresses to the Academy of Sinology at sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Note: Applicants are advised to refer to 招生簡章Admission Guidance.

  1. For the 2021 entry to the Academy of Sinology, the deadline for application is 1 October 2020. Those who submit their applications later than the deadline will be considered for the 2021 entry.
  2. Please check the Document Checklist below for required documents.
  3. Please convert all the application documents into PDF files and send them to the following two email addresses, so that both the Home Admission Team of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Academy of Sinology can process the application simultaneously: admissions@uwtsd.ac.uk (UWTSD Home Admission) and sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk (the Academy of Sinology).
  4. The Academy will assess each applicant’s qualification and all documentations according to the criteria set in the Admission Guidance. Applicants who do not fully meet the criteria, or choose to submit untruthful or incomplete documents will not be considered (bank statement and academic IELTS result report are required by the end of June 2021). Please note that the sincerity and carefulness of the applicants when dealing with the application documents and procedures will also be taken into account as one of the considerations of the pre-sessional workshop shortlist. For those who have passed the pre-screening, the Academy will inform them via email of the time to participate in the pre-sessional workshop, which will last for 30-45 days (from the end of November 2020) where the applicants’ academic competence and moral character will be assessed.
  5. Applicants will be informed of the result of the pre-sessional workshop in February 2021 and qualification for the academic interview in May 2021 respectively via email by the Academy. For those who have not yet passed the IELTS test, there will be another 4 months to prepare for it. Student visa application will need to start at the beginning of July 2021 under the guidance of the University. Successful applicants are required to arrive on campus by mid-September 2021.

Click below to download our application form.

All applications should be accompanied by the following documents (please note that all the specified documents that are not in English or Welsh must include a certified English translation that can be independently verified by UKVI). Documents should be electronically submitted via email addresses admissions@uwtsd.ac.uk and sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk on or before 1st October 2020.

Please download the "Chinese Version of Document Checklist" (英國漢學院申請人提交資料確認清單) through the link at the top of this webpage.

  1. Completed application forms filled in and signed by the applicant both in English and Chinese.
  2. A certified copy of your university degree certificate or proof of accredited examination of knowledge equivalent to a university degree in English. You are also expected to provide an academic transcript of undergraduate courses you took.
  3. A valid IELTS certificate from a UKVI-approved test centre confirming the required minimum overall score and scores in all four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking)(This can be submitted by the beginning of July 2021) or it's equivalent or proof of permanent residency/citizenship of an English speaking country.
  4. A certified copy of personal identification (ID and Passport).
  5. Appropriate documentation affirming financial position and requirements. (This can be submitted by the end of June 2021).
  6. Two recommendation letters truthfully issued by the recommenders.
  7. An autobiography of about 800 characters neatly handwritten in classical Chinese.
  8. Background information sheet to illustrate one’s knowledge of classical Chinese and relevant information.
  9. Certified copy of your old visa if you had ever studied in the UK before.

Tuition Fees and Boarding

Tuition Fees (2021-2022)

Pre-BA: £4,650 per year

BA: £8,000 per year

MA: £13,740 (two years)

Accommodation

The Academy of Sinology is a boarding school where all students are required to live on campus. The academy provides room & board services.

The following arrangements are available to new students:

  • Hugh Walker - Standard Self-Catering - with a shared lounge/kitchen.

Accommodation is a standard style; all bedrooms contain washbasins with students sharing bathroom facilities.  Accommodation fee for 2021 - 2022 - £3640 for 52 weeks.  Payable in two termly installments as follows: Term 1 and 2 £1820. This accommodation is mainly for BA students.

  • Daniel Dawson - En-suite Self-Catering - each room with its own shower, toilet and hand basin with a shared lounge/kitchen.

Accommodation fee for 2021 - 2022 - £5200 for 52 weeks - Payable in two termly installments as follows: Term 1 and 2 £2600. This accommodation is mainly for MA & PhD students.

All students need to pay £250 deposit. This fee will be retained as a bond for the session. Students will be informed of any changes for damages/fines.

What is included in your accommodation fee?

  • All Utilities.
  • No extra costs for maintenance and repair.
  • 24-hour security patrols and emergency response.
  • Launderettes on site.
  • Support from the Accommodation Office.

Meal

  • Private Dining Room (PDR) -  self-service buffet

All meals are healthy vegetarian buffets, most of the time with Chinese cuisines. Meals fee for 2021 – 2022 - £3640 for 52 weeks. Payable in two termly installments as follows: Term 1 and 2 £1820.

What is included in your meal fee?

  • Three meals per day.
  • No extra costs for the academy event.

Sinology is a career and vocation. For further details and preliminary conversation please contact: sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Further Advice?

If you need any further advice on applying to the Academy of Sinology, then please contact us at sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk