Find out about your options to study Chinese at the University of Sheffield.

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Teaching in Chinese is provided by the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS), and the Sheffield Confucius Institute (SCI). There are a variety of options available to include Chinese at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Undergraduate degrees

Undergraduate degree combinations that include Chinese are:

If you are studying a non-East Asian Studies degree and have guided module choice as part of your course, you can use these to study modules in Chinese (see below for details). 

Postgraduate study

The School of East Asian Studies offers a number of masters courses which can include Chinese as a language:

As one of the UK's leading centres for the study of East Asia, the School also offers an exciting and dynamic PhD research programme.

School of East Asian Studies PhD programme

Guided module choice and not-for-credit modules

If you aren't studying a language degree but would still like to experience learning Chinese at university, you can do so through Languages for All. Languages for All is a university-wide scheme for all students wishing to develop foreign language skills, either by learning a new language from scratch, or continuing to build on existing language experience. 


If you have some experience of modern language learning, you can take Chinese language modules either as part of your degree (guided module choice) or alongside your degree (not-for-credit modules) as an extra-curricular activity. Please follow the link below for more information on how this works:

Undergraduate students


If you are a postgraduate taught student, you can study not-for-credit modules in Chinese as an extra-curricular activity in addition to your studies.

Postgraduate research students can study Chinese modules on a not-for-credit basis alongside their research. These may be included in your Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) portfolio if relevant to your doctoral research and/or career development.

Postgraduate taught students

Postgraduate research students

Members of the public and University of Sheffield Staff

The Sheffield Confucius Institute (SCI) offers Mandarin Chinese classes outside of normal working hours. Members of the public, university staff and university students who wish to take self-funded Mandarin are all welcome. Chinese Proficiency Test and Scholarships for studying in China are offered to the SCI learners. For further information, please see the Sheffield Confucius Institute website.

School of East Asian Studies language modules are also available to members of the general public and University of Sheffield staff on a self-funded basis through the Languages for All scheme. Please note all SEAS language modules take place Monday-Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm. (Not available for the academic year 2020-21)

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