MA/Certificate/Diploma Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL)

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our courses focus on language, political economy, society and business in China, Japan and Korea. With its growing economic power and influence, studying East Asia at masters level will help prepare you for an international career.

The year in Sheffield has changed my life. The well-designed and presented courses and teaching practice not only imparted the academic knowledge we needed but also offered opportunities to practise our teaching theories.

Hu Xiao, Postgraduate student in The School of East Asian Studies

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

We will teach you the practical skills you need to be able to teach Chinese as a foreign language. You will learn how to plan your lessons, select teaching materials and manage a classroom.

We also teach the theory. You'll learn about different methodologies, Chinese linguistics and the science of how people acquire a second language.

East Asian Studies postgraduate student


Choose from a range of modules which may include:

  • Mandarin Chinese and Universal Grammar
  • Mandarin Chinese and Second Language Acquisition
  • Reflections on Practice in Learning and Teaching
  • Practical Chinese Translation: Intercultural Communications

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures and small-group seminars.

You're assessed on your essays, exams, presentations and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a good first degree in any subject plus a high level of competence in English and Chinese. For equivalent grades for your country, visit

Chinese language requirements

If Chinese is not your first language, you need a high 2:1 in Chinese Studies (ideally with four years of intensive language study including a year abroad), HSK level 5 (Hanban format) or level 8 (BLCU format), or equivalent.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 8423

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.