Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Chinese Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: T100

What you'll study

The language modules will help you build up your comprehension and communication skills. They cover Mandarin Chinese grammar, pronunciation, commonly used written characters, and vocabularies – from simple sentences to using Chinese at an advanced level. The cultural history modules enable you to explore Chinese history and find out how the image of China is shaped by events in the country’s traumatic past.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

You’ll undertake two core language modules at either beginners/improvers or advanced level.

Core modules

  • Skills for Communicating Cultures

  • Ideas and Identities

  • Spotlight on Language

  • Passport Languages

  • Chinese Language 1 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese Language 1 – Advanced

  • Chinese Language 2 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese Language 2 – Advanced

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Presenting and Representing the Past

  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

  • Chinese Language 3

  • Chinese Language 4

Optional modules

  • Understanding Languages in Context

  • Languages Guided Research Project

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

  • Language and the Mind

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

  • Translation and Digital Culture

  • Passport Languages

Year abroad

* Modules are subject to availability

You'll spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in China. It gives you a fantastic opportunity to experience Chinese culture and society, while improving your language skills.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Languages and Cultures Dissertation

  • Chinese Language 5

  • Chinese Language 6

Optional modules

  • Popular Cultures

  • Language Learning and Teaching

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

  • Becoming a Professional Translator

  • Engagement and Resistance

  • Introduction to Subtitling

  • Discourse and Political Practice

  • Passport Languages

“I found that Hull really offered a wide variety of different languages, so I thought it’d be perfect for what I wanted to do.”

Isabel Jezierska

“Out of all of the universities I looked at, none of them had anything that compared to the facilities that Hull offered.”

Chloe Hammond

More about this course

China’s economy is the second largest in the world, with the potential to soon become the largest. Its regional and global influence cannot be overlooked. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language on Earth, and this degree will develop your language skills and cultural insights to access and engage with one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures. Your study will be further contextualised through experience, spending your third year at one of our partner universities in China.

Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our team of Language Learning Advisors offer extra one-to-one support to help you with your studies, as well as a partnership scheme which allows you to practise Chinese with native speakers. While studying for your degree, you have the opportunity to gain a recognised teaching qualification in Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). If you don’t have the qualifications to enter the programme directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

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You don't just become fluent in another language at Hull - you immerse yourself in the culture of the people who speak it.

Spend an unforgettable year abroad, studying at a partner university or working, in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

Find out more about our facilities

Study for a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification, enabling you to teach English anywhere in the world.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Our objective is to make you fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and to give you a sound knowledge of Chinese life and culture, while also fostering the critical and analytical skills and the confidence and maturity which will make you attractive to employers. Modern languages are vital in a world of international cooperation, interdependence and trade. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and, since it is not taught in many UK schools, you will find yourself in demand when you graduate.

Following graduation, our students are well equipped for a range of careers including translation and interpreting, journalism and teaching. Many have also gone onto successful roles within business, broadcasting, law, politics, charities, public relations, and education, as well as the Civil Service. As a Hull Alumni you continue to have access to the University Careers Service, which provides a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help ready you for the world of work. You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; our graduates have gone on to study Masters courses, while others have taken a teaching route and progressed to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.