Chinese Studies BA

Year of entry: 2018
UCAS Code:
T110
Entry Requirements:  ABB at A level (or equivalent)
Duration: 4 years (including a year in China)

Course overview

We are one of the world's leading teaching and research centres for Chinese Studies with strong links to major institutions in China, such as Nanjing University (where you will spend your year abroad) and Beijing Language and Culture University, a prestigious Confucius Institute which provides a wealth of support and extra-curricular activities, and extensive contacts with companies and institutions that regularly come directly to SEAS to recruit our graduates.

Through the expertise and experience of the Chinese Studies staff, we offer a wide range of modules, many of which draw upon the cutting-edge research undertaken here. Our degrees give you the opportunity to become an expert on China and the broader region, acquire a wide range of transferable skills in research, writing, analysis, presentation, project management and teamwork, as well as attain an advanced level of Chinese language. Final year students regularly pass the highest level of the Chinese language proficiency test (HSK) and our students were even chosen as the British participants in a bilingual ‘adventure challenge’ series for Chinese state television coordinated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Developing your individual interests
At most levels of your Chinese Studies degree, you will also have the opportunity to take modules which are of interest to you but which do not relate to China. These are known as ‘unrestricted’ modules, and are important in that they allow you to tailor your degree to include areas of study that you see as important but which are not ‘core’ to your studies.

We have an excellent success record in the International Chinese Bridge Competition where our students are regularly selected to represent the UK in the finals in China!

Find out about our top 10 reasons to choose Chinese Studies at Sheffield

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Year 1

You will have core modules in Chinese language during both semesters. You will be taught in small group language classes by specialist language tutors and be supported by our innovative Virtual Learning Lab.

In your first year you will take a core modules in: East Asian Studies, to establish China in its regional context and clarify its geographical, historical, cultural, social and political links with other East Asian states; and, Critical Text Analysis, to enable you to learn how to interpret and utilise scholars' writings about China.


Core Modules

  • Chinese Language 1A
  • Chinese Language IB
  • Chinese Language 2A
  • Chinese Language 2B
  • Exploring East Asia - Find out more about this module on our Studies Modules info page

Optional Modules

You will take one of the following modules

Plus unrestricted modules up to the value of 20 credits

Your year in China

Your second year is spent studying at the University of Nanjing, one of China’s top universities. Many students feel that this year of their degree is absolutely key to their development as an expert in the country and its language; it is a fantastic opportunity that should not be missed!
Find out more about your year in China

Year 2 (back in Sheffield)

You will work on a balanced programme of language and Studies Modules. In language classes, you will work on a range of contemporary social, political and economic topics through a wide variety of sources including newspapers, literature, government documents, films and TV.

In the studies programme, you will be able to choose from a range of modules with a focus on the disciplinary study of China, to enable you to appreciate the different paths to understanding the country taken by historians, political scientists and sociologists, among others.


Core Modules

  • Chinese language 3A
  • Chinese language 3B
  • Chinese language 4A
  • Chinese language 4B

Optional Modules

You will take two of the following modules

Plus unrestricted modules up to the value of 20 credits

Final Year

You will begin to work on advanced language skills, and be able to choose from a wide range of specialist research seminar modules, to enable you to join your lecturers in the most up-to-date study of China. This will support major part of your final year: your dissertation on a topic relating to China. You will work with a supervisor and use your language skills and the analytical skills you have gained through your studies modules to produce a high-quality piece of research.


Core Modules

  • Chinese Language 5
  • Chinese Language 6
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

You will take one of the following modules.

Plus one Research project modules

Unrestricted modules up to the value of 20 credits

Jessica LumJessica Lum
Chinese Studies BA

"One of the best things about the course is the emphasis on making sure you really are able to communicate in Chinese in the real world though the variety of language classes we have. Also in depth understanding of not just a language, but China and East Asia as a whole, which will be beneficial in the future when looking for a job."

Read more about Jessica's experience

Chinese Studies degrees for 2019 entry

Title UCAS code Duration
Chinese Studies BA T110 Four years
Chinese Studies with Japanese BA T1T2 Four years
Chinese Studies and Business Management BA TN12 Four years
Chinese Studies and History BA TV11 Four years

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.