SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme combines the study of Chinese language with the study of China'related subjects in various disciplines. Compared to the existing single'subject BA Chinese degree, there is less emphasis on language learning. Compared to the existing 2'degree BA Chinese and' degree, there is more space to study China'related courses in a range of disciplines. The programme also differs from the existing offerings in that there is no year abroad included.

Course Modules

All years Modules include: History and culture of China; elementary modern Chinese language 1; elementary modern Chinese language 2; special course in Chinese 2; special course in Chinese 3; special course in Chinese 4; intermediate modern Chinese language 1; intermediate modern Chinese language 2; advanced modern Chinese language; styles of modern Chinese literary language; introduction to classical Chinese; special course in chinese (reading classical and literary chinese); traditional Chinese language and literature 1; traditional Chinese language and literature 2; elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese); modern Chinese film and theatre; elementary Cantonese; modern Chinese literature; dissertation in Chinese studies; ethnography of a selected region (China); Taiwan's political and economic development; Chinese law; law and institutions of contemporary China; African missionaries; sages through the ages (Confucius and Laozi); situating China I (China and other world views before 'Westernization'); situating China II (missionaries and misfits in the British construction of China); Manchu society and culture (an alternative history of China 1600'1997); traders, believers, rebels (a social history of Islam in China 650'2008); opium and empires (China's narcotic trade and culture in global context 1); Christianity in China (1600'1949) (historical impact and interpretations 1); pop and politics in east Asia; musical traditions of east Asia.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBCD
  • International qualifications
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Interview
  • Course specific

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 78%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 84%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 91%

£21,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

74% Go on to work and/or study

In work 43
Studying 27
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 15
Unknown 11

21% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 61%

Total Coursework: 33%

Total Practical: 6%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation