Chinese module information

Whether you're a University of Sheffield student, a member of the public, or a member of staff, our Chinese language modules are designed to improve your Chinese language skills.

Traditional Chinese architecture on a promenade

If you are unsure about your level, let us know when applying and we will invite you for a short placement interview to understand your previous experience and current needs.

All levels are available as either 10 or 15 credit modules. All undergraduate students, not-for-credit postgraduate students, staff and members of the public will be enrolled on 10 credit modules. Postgraduate taught students and Doctoral Development Programme students taking the module for credit will be required to complete an extra assessment, and will be enrolled onto the 15 credit module.


Beginner

You have no previous experience of learning the language.

EAS118: Chinese for non-specialists 1, Autumn (10 credits)

This module aims to enable students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese to acquire basic practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – are developed through classroom practice and self-directed learning. This module is for all undergraduate students, not-for-credit postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

EAS6271: Chinese for non-specialists 1, Autumn (15 credits)

This module aims to enable students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese to acquire basic practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – are developed through classroom practice and self-directed learning. This module is for Postgraduate taught students and Doctoral Development Programme students taking the module for credit.

EAS119: Chinese for non-specialists 2, Spring (10 credits)

This module builds on EAS118 Chinese for Non-Specialists 1 and aims to develop basic practical language skills in Mandarin Chinese. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – are developed through classroom practice and self-directed learning. This module is for all undergraduate students, not-for-credit postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

EAS6272: Chinese for non-specialists 2, Spring (15 credits)

This module aims to enable students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese to acquire basic practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – are developed through classroom practice and self-directed learning. This module is for Postgraduate taught students and Doctoral Development Programme students taking the module for credit.

Post-beginner

You have some basic experience of learning the language and aren't a complete beginner.

EAS216: Chinese for non-specialists 3, Autumn (10 credits)

This module builds on EAS119 Chinese for Non-Specialists 2 and aims to enable students with beginners’ level Mandarin Chinese (ca. 500 Chinese characters) to acquire increasingly complex practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing are developed through practice and situational Chinese. This module is for all undergraduate students, not-for-credit postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

EAS6273: Chinese for non-specialists 3, Autumn (15 credits)

This module builds on EAS119 Chinese for Non-Specialists 2 and aims to enable students with beginners’ level Mandarin Chinese (ca. 500 Chinese characters) to acquire increasingly complex practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing are developed through practice and situational Chinese. This module is for Postgraduate taught students and Doctoral Development Programme students taking the module for credit.

EAS217: Chinese for non-specialists 4, Spring (10 credits)

This module builds on EAS216 Chinese for Non-Specialists 3 and aims to enable students with beginners’ level Mandarin Chinese (ca. 700 Chinese characters) to acquire increasingly complex practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing are developed through practice and situational Chinese. This module is for all undergraduate students, not-for-credit postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

EAS6274: Chinese for non-specialists 4, Spring (15 credits)

This module builds on EAS6273 Chinese Language 3 and aims to enable students with beginners’ level Mandarin Chinese (ca. 700 Chinese characters) to acquire increasingly complex practical language skills. With an emphasis on communicative abilities, all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing are developed through practice and situational Chinese. This module is for Postgraduate taught students and Doctoral Development Programme students taking the module for credit.

Apply now for Languages for All


If you'd like to study Chinese as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree with the School of East Asian studies, you can find out more information by visiting:

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated:


Four students laughing while sat at a bench, outside the Students' Union

International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.