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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Chinese Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons) Available in Clearing

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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introduction to East Asian Popular Culture

    How are East Asian societies such as Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong connected by manga, cinema, television series and pop music? This module offers you a critical and theorised understanding of East Asian popular culture through examining issues of fandom, identities, adaptation, consumption, transnationalism, gender, sexuality, and censorship.

  • Ancient Chinese History and Culture: From Prehistory to Early Empire

    What do the Great Wall and terracotta army have in common? How did Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism emerge as the three main schools of thought and eventually come to shape governance, arts, science and literature in China? Exploring the diversity of arts, cultures and identities, this module examines the rise and decline of Chinese dynasties from the prehistoric period to the end of Tang in 907 AD.

  • Ideas and Identity: The Construction of National Identity

    Discover new and innovative ways of thinking about the national and cultural identities that are central to the language(s) you will be studying during your degree. You will learn about important cultural narratives and identity politics, by focusing on topics and texts in your chosen language(s) of study: French, Spanish, English, Italian, German and Chinese.

  • Chinese Language 1

    In each year, you’ll undertake two core language modules in each of your chosen languages, at either beginners and improvers or advanced level. Beginners and improvers level is for those without an A Level in languages and you'll start from scratch in a new language - where the emphasis is on key structures and intensive practice. If you have an A Level, you'll study at advanced level and begin to move confidently as you attain real-world language skills and explore various ways to apply these.

  • Chinese Language 2

    At beginners and improvers level; still working with native speakers, experienced teachers and language experts, you’ll already be able to look back and see a steady climb as you gain in confidence and proficiency, with more of our dedicated interaction and feedback. At advanced level you'll build on the ground acquired in trimester 1 to apply your practical language skills in a range of contexts. 

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Presenting and Representing the Past

    Can you trust History and historical facts? Is one person’s truth another person’s lie? In this module, you will compare the way the past has been presented and used by rulers, novelists, film-makers, and artists in a variety of cultures and languages.You'll explore further, the notions of memory, authenticity and changes within History and cultures.

  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

    This module puts cultural representations of European and Chinese cities in conversation using a variety of forms (cinema, art, literature amongst others) to see how and why contemporary cities and their societies are interpreted and imagined, allowing us to engage with them in new, and sometimes unexpected, ways.

  • Chinese Language 3

    With more intensive practice, group work, grammar revision, and the development of core skills such as translation, you’ll work with your teachers to ensure you’re reaching a professionally recognised standard, no matter at what level you began your studies.

  • Chinese Language 4

    Here the practice continues in each language area with intensified emphasis on idiomatic, colloquial and formal registers in different social and cultural contexts. There is also a distinct emphasis on preparation for your time abroad in the countries of your target language(s).

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

    Develop basic language teaching skills, with a particular focus on English as a Foreign Language. As such, it is especially relevant if you are considering spending your Year Abroad as a teaching assistant.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

    This module offers an introduction to English language teaching leading to the Trinity Certificate in TESOL professional qualification. You'll cover core areas and competencies such as teacher language awareness, teaching approaches, lesson planning and classroom management - as well as gaining some teaching practice experience.

  • Translation and Digital Culture

    Familiarise with a range of translation practices used on online platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix and Wikipedia. You will be introduced to the challenges and opportunities of translation across a range of digital contexts and you will be encouraged to reflect on the vital importance of the translator's critical and creative skills.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

  • America's Wars in Asia

    The USA fought four major wars in Eastern Asia during the twentieth century: the Philippine-American War 1899-1902, the Pacific War 1941-45, the Korean War 1950-53 and the Vietnam War 1965-72. More recently, it has become involved in military ventures in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. This module looks back over the troubled relationship between Asia and the USA from the perspective of the key concepts that have influenced US foreign policy in the 20th century.

Year abroad

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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Languages and Cultures Dissertation

    Hone your research, critical thinking, analytical, writing, and independent study skills by working on a Modern Languages topic related to your programme of study. With input from your subject supervisor, you select your chosen area and conduct research to produce a final dissertation in your specialism.

  • Chinese Language 5

    Back from the country or countries of your target language(s), the focus here is the consolidation of structures and grammar, as well as the serious development of skills in areas like translation, interpreting, textual exegesis, or subtitling.

  • Chinese Language 6

    Building on all your work and experience to date, we’ll help to set you on your way to fluent professional and social use of your target language(s). This final module will help you become a career-ready global citizen, able to interact in diverse contexts and on multiple platforms.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Popular Cultures

    Engage with cultural products directly as a way of understanding their meaning in a variety of contexts. You'll be introduced to the complexities of the cultural world around us, and, through the use of predominantly popular cultural artefacts, to the ways in which we speak about, consume, like and dislike culture.

  • Language Learning and Teaching

    Following on from the Introduction to Language Teaching module, you'll look at specific approaches to language teaching in more depth. It is especially relevant if you are considering doing a PGCE or other formal language teacher training after completing your degree.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

    The final stage of the CertTESOL qualification, this module develops and extends core professional skills and competencies - with further teaching practice, learner analysis and materials design and development. On successful completion of integrated Trinity syllabus unit work and requirements, you will then be put forward for this externally awarded qualification.

  • Engagement and Resistance

    Explore the causes and effects of social, political and economic developments. You'll look at global and/or local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change, to engage with the relationship between cultural life in the countries your are studying and real life, and to reflect on similarities and differences in this relationship across different cultures.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

“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. In the Shoosmith language centre, you can get one-to-one support in our language surgeries and see a language adviser to focus on your progress, as well as practicing your chosen language with native speakers as part of our partnership scheme.

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.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

35%

24%

41%

Second year

15%

27%

58%

Year abroad

100%

Final year

16%

24%

60%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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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

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £13,500 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.