Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code TV11
Duration 4 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects East Asian Studies Chinese Studies History

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

Course description

nese studies and history is a balanced course that develops your Chinese language skills and your historical knowledge. The language teaching is intensive but we teach Chinese from scratch, so you don't need previous experience.

You'll spend your third year studying the language intensively at Nanjing University in China. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture.

The list of history modules is designed to complement your Chinese studies. They cover various political, social and cultural themes, periods, countries and ways of thinking about the past. Outside the seminar room, you'll get the chance to work on projects that bring history to life, like our student-run New Histories blog and WikiAmerica. On the History Workshop module you'll work alongside an academic on a research project.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject, typically in combination with B in A Level History
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, typically including History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B, typically in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, typically including History
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)
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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.

School of East Asian Studies website

Course information on Department of History website

First year

Core modules:

Chinese Language 1A
Chinese Language 2A
History Workshop
Chinese Langauge 2B
Chinese Language 1B

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
Land of Liberty? Rights in the USA, 1776-2016
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
The Making of the Twentieth Century

Second year

Core modules:

China Year Abroad

Third year

Core modules:

Chinese Language 3A
Chinese Language 4A
Historians and History
Chinese Language 3B
Chinese Language 4B

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Asian Britain: Travel, Migration, Diaspora
Barcelona and the 'Tragic Week'
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain, 1850 to Present
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Holy Russia, Soviet Empire: Nation, Religion, and Identity in the 20th Century
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Life Worth Living
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Easter Rising: Living, Fighting and Dying in 1916
The Export of England: Seventeenth Century Trade and Empire
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Medieval Inquisition
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
Trumpism: An American Biography
Writing History

Fourth year

Core modules:

Chinese Language 5
Chinese Language 6
Researching East Asia 1

Optional modules:

Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats and Revolutionaries 1830-1886
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Capitalism and Identity in 19th-century Britain
Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain
Dissertation
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74
Popes, Caliphs, Emperors, 1095-1229
Slavery in the American South, 1789-
The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1651
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The World of Intoxicants in Early Modern England
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
A Comparative History of Revolution
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Short Dissertation
The Family
The Uses of History

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 have a 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 field and many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

Take one of our Chinese, Japanese or Korean studies degrees and spend a year studying at a leading university in your chosen country. Our partners are Nanjing University in China, six high ranking universities in South Korea including Yonsei University in Seoul and more than 25 Japanese universities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Waseda University.

School of East Asian Studies website

Department of History

As a History student at Sheffield, you'll develop your understanding of the past in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our internationally renowned tutors offer modules spanning four thousand years and criss-crossing continents - allowing you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the ancient period to the modern day and across the globe.

You can tailor your course to suit you, discovering the areas of History that most inspire you most while preparing for the future you want with opportunities like studying abroad, work placements and volunteering.

Department of History website


What our graduates do

Studying China, Japan or Korea prepares you 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


"What I enjoy most is the variety; you can be moving from doing economy in China, cinema in Korea to business in Japan in the space of a single semester, so you can tailor it to your own interests."

Frankie Gurdon
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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