Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T1T2
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Japanese Studies East Asian Studies Chinese Studies

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The Admissions Secretary
School of East Asian Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8400

School of East Asian Studies

Top 3 for student satisfaction in the UK among Asian Studies departments
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

For a graduate who understands China and Japan, the career possibilities are endless.

You will study the language and the rich culture of both countries, developing a critical appreciation of contemporary issues. You'll study China's rapidly developing economy, its political influence, art and society. Japanese modules cover issues relating to the environment, ethnic relations and employment.

You will spend the second year studying at a leading university in China. More than just an opportunity to test your language skills, this experience will broaden your horizons and change your life.

Please note we only teach Japanese from scratch. If you already have a qualification in the language, we can't offer you a place.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B in a relevant Extended Project Qualification
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 or Japanese required (up to A-level Chinese and up to GCSE Japanese 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
Japanese for Non-Specialists I
Japanese for Non-Specialists II

Second year

Core modules:

China Year Abroad

Third year

Core modules:

Chinese Language III
Chinese Language IV
Japanese for Non-Specialists III
Japanese for Non-Specialists IV

Optional modules:

China, 1914-78: Modernity and Revolution
Chinese Business and Management
Contemporary Japanese Society
East Asian Popular Culture
International Relations in East Asia (Late 19thC to Late 20thC)
Modern Japanese History
Postwar Japanese Politics
Urbanisation in China

Fourth year

Core modules:

Chinese Language V
Chinese Language VI
Japanese for Non-Specialists V
Japanese for Non-Specialists VI

Optional modules:

China's Rise: Domestic Transformation, Global Expansion
Contemporary Chinese Society
Contemporary Issues in East Asia
East Asian Dissertation
Japan in the World
Japanese Popular Culture
Korean Cinema
Law and Business in China
Memory and History in East Asia
Population and Environment in China
The Contemporary Japanese Novel (In Translation)
The Two Koreas and their Neighbours
War and Peace in East Asia
Work and Society in Japan

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 47%
Independent study 54%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 58%
Coursework 11%
Practical 31%

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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