SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The Chinese combined honours degree aims to give a broad understanding of Chinese culture through study of its language, history and literature from earliest times up to the present in combination with a solid grounding in another language or discipline.The range of expertise in SOAS, not only in East Asian studies, but also with regard to languages and literatures of other regions is unique in UK institutions. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

Course Modules

Year 1: Chinese 101 (elementary modern Chinese language 1); Chinese 103 (history and culture of China); Chinese 104 (introduction to classical Chinese); Chinese 102 (elementary modern Chinese language 2). Year 2: Year abroad. Year 3: Chinese 301 (intermediate modern Chinese language 1); Chinese 302 (intermediate modern Chinese language); Chinese 304 (traditional Chinese language and literature 1); optional modules: Chinese 303 (modern Chinese film and theatre); Chinese 305 (elementary Cantonese); elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese). Year 4: Chinese 402 (dissertation in Chinese studies); optional modules: Chinese 401 (advanced modern Chinese language); Chinese 403 (modern Chinese literature); Chinese 404 (traditional Chinese language and literature 2); Chinese 405 (styles of modern Chinese literary language); elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese). Tibetan Year 1: Cultural History of Tibet; 2 other units. Year 2: 1 Core Unit; 1 Optional Unit; 2 Other Units. Year 3: Year abroad. Year 4: Independent study project in Tibetan language and literature (using language sources); options: Intermediate modern Tibetan; intermediate classical Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; readings in Mahayana Sutra literature; Tibetan Buddhist texts from central Asia; Tibetan Buddhism; independent study in Tibetan language and literature; independent study project in Tibetan language and literature (using language sources).

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

Qualifications required:

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

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