Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree provides intensive Mandarin language tuition, one year at a top Chinese university in Beijing, and analytical sociological skills for you to understand and actively engage in a global world in which China is a major superpower. You will learn how to speak and write Mandarin. You will learn about Chinese culture. You'll spend a year in China improving your Mandarin skills at a top university in Beijing. You will learn about how societies, cultures and people are formed, organised and develop. The programme runs over four years and is taught jointly by the Confucius Institute and the world'class Department of Sociology. Over three years at Goldsmiths, you will be taught Mandarin and different aspects of Chinese society and culture. You will learn about how societies and cultures are formed and organised. What do we know of the birth and development of the modern state? What is the role of culture in people's sense of identity and belonging? How do markets, and the control of economies, shape the lives of individuals and societies? How are people and societies formed now, in the context of new media technologies, globalisation, economic control, and military proliferation? And how are these societies now, different from those in the past? You will engage with these questions and more. You will also have the opportunity to live in Beijing for a year and to study at the Capital Normal University. While in Beijing, you will continue with your Mandarin training, but you will also be able to experience Chinese society and its varied cultures first'hand. Then, when you return to London in your fourth year, you will have a chance to consolidate that learning by writing a dissertation. Throughout your studies, the Confucius Institute will provide film nights and various cultural events to complement your learning outside of the classroom. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and experience Chinese culture.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher BBBBC-ABBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma