Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T110
Duration 4 years
Related subjects East Asian Studies Chinese Studies

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The Admissions Secretary
School of East Asian Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8400
Email seas_ughelp@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/seas/undergraduates

Course description

A balanced course that develops both your language skills and your understanding of how China works. The language teaching is intensive but we teach Chinese from scratch, so you don't need previous experience.

The course gives you special insights into China's rapidly developing economy, its growing political influence and rich culture. Your study will extend to Taiwan, and you'll develop a critical appreciation of a range of contemporary issues.

You'll spend your second year at the University of Nanjing, one of China's leading universities, where you'll study more advanced material. Your third and fourth years back at Sheffield will refine your skills in speaking, writing and understanding Chinese.

Modules: what you study and when

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • No prior knowledge of Chinese required (up to A Level Chinese acceptable)
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of East Asian Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Chinese language 1A
Chinese language 1B
Chinese language 2A
Chinese language 2B
State of Sheffield - Global perspectives on local issues

Optional modules:

Chinese Culture and Society
Chinese Economic Development
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Modern Chinese History

Second year

Core modules:

China Year Abroad

Third year

Core modules:

Chinese Language III
Chinese Language IV

Optional modules:

Business and Management in Contemporary Korea
China's Rise: Domestic Transformation, Global Expansion
China, 1914-78: Modernity and Revolution
Chinese Business and Management
Contemporary Issues in East Asia
Contemporary Japanese Society
Contemporary Korean Society
East Asian Popular Culture
International Relations in East Asia (Late 19thC to Late 20thC)
Japan in the World
Japanese Popular Culture
Korean Cinema
Lives in Motion: Migration and Northeast Asia
Memory and History in East Asia
Modern Japanese History
Postwar Japanese Politics
The Two Koreas and their Neighbours
Understanding Contemporary North Korea
Urbanisation in China
War and Peace in East Asia
Work and Society in Japan

Fourth year

Core modules:

East Asian Dissertation
Chinese Language V
Chinese Language VI

Optional modules:

China's Rise: Domestic Transformation, Global Expansion
Contemporary Chinese Society
Contemporary Issues in East Asia
Law and Business in China

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's 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.

School of East Asian Studies

Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material. To enhance your learning, we also make use of our modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist fields. Many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

School of East Asian Studies website

What our graduates do

Studying Japan, China or Korea prepares our graduates for a career in the world's most dynamic region. There are also many opportunities across Europe for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

Our graduates work in government and diplomacy, media and the arts, non-government organisations and international business - in professions as diverse as management consultancy, accountancy, marketing, research, language teaching and translation.

Student profile


"We're provided with a really rounded education... and when you sit back and think that you've just had a conversation about human rights in Chinese, it's really exciting."

Thomas Frasier
School of East Asian Studies

As part of this degree you'll spend a year studying at Nanjing University in China, one of the highest ranked universities in the country. On your year abroad you'll continue to take intensive courses in Chinese language, building on the skills you'll learn during your time at Sheffield. Like in Sheffield, you'll also have the opportunity to learn about the culture, politics, and history of China through optional modules.

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