SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

BA Chinese Studies

duration:
3 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

This programme is for applicants who have intermediate to advanced language skills and are looking for a programme where they can acquire China-related knowledge across disciplines while working with the language at a suitable level.  At the same time, there are also ab-initio students who require a shorter programme without a year abroad.  This programme caters to both types of students. 

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.

Through the course of the three years, students take units in modern Chinese at the appropriate level. They can start as complete beginners, or they can start from higher levels. Progression through a total of four levels is offered, whereas for those who exceed the highest level, language-based courses in literature and film, as well as a language-based dissertation, are available. The programme also offers courses in regional languages, namely Cantonese and Hokkien.

The programme will be attractive both to students who wish to study China-related subjects without a strong emphasis on language, and to students who wish to work at an advanced language level within a more traditional “sinological” framework, as it is offered at most other universities.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Year 1
Core Module

Choose one unit from List A, based on language ability. Except: Chinese 101 and Chinese 102 are taken together as an accelerated double unit. Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 1 Unit Full Year
1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from List C or D.

1 Open Option Unit

Choose one unit from any list or an open option.

Year 2
Core Module

Choose modules to the value of one unit from List A, based on language ability. Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from List B

1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from List C or D.

1 Open Option Unit

Choose one unit from any list or an open option.

Year 3
1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from list A or B

1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from List C or D.

1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from any list.

1 Open Option Unit

Choose one unit from any list or an open option.

LIST A - Modern language units available

Available to students depending on their language ability

Elementary level

Only one of these units can be studied a year. Except: Chinese 101 and Chinese 102 are taken together as an accelerated double unit.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 101: Elementary Modern Chinese Language 1 155901217 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese 102: Elementary Modern Chinese Language 2 155901218 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 155900829 1 Unit Full Year
Lower intermediate level

Only one of these units can be studied a year

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Special Course in Chinese 3 155901097 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 155901144 1 Unit Full Year
Higher intermediate level

Chinese 301 and Chinese 302 can be studied in the same year, or in subsequent years.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 301A: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Reading) 155903004 0.5 Unit Full Year
Chinese 301B: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Grammar and Writing) 155903005 0.5 Unit Full Year
Chinese 302A: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Translation) 155903006 0.5 Unit Full Year
Chinese 302B: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Listening and Speaking) 155903007 0.5 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Chinese for Business and Management 155901409 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced level

These modules can be studied in the same year, or in subsequent years.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 401A: Advanced Modern Chinese Language (Listening and Speaking) 155903008 0.5 Unit Full Year
Chinese 401B: Advanced Modern Chinese Language (Reading and Writing) 155903009 0.5 Unit Full Year
Chinese 405: Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 155901332 1 Unit Full Year
LIST B - Classical language units available
Elementary Level
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 104: Introduction to Classical Chinese 155901219 1 Unit Full Year
Lower intermediate level
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Special course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese 155901234 1 Unit Full Year
Higher intermediate level
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 304: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 1 155901227 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced level
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 404: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 2 155901232 1 Unit Full Year
LIST C - Language-based disciplinary courses and regional languages (subject to prerequisite)
Elementary level

Prerequisite: Chinese 101/102 or Special Course in Chinese II

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) 155901249 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Tibetan 155903000 1 Unit Full Year
Lower intermediate level

Prerequisite: Special Course in Chinese IV

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 303: Modern Chinese Film and Theatre 155901226 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese 305: Elementary Cantonese 155901228 1 Unit Full Year
Higher intermediate level

Prerequisite: passed modules to the value of one unit of modern language at 300-level

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 403: Modern Chinese Literature 155901231 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced level

Prerequisite: passed at least one modern language course at 300-level; those doing a dissertation on a classical subject must have completed Chinese 404 or must take Chinese 404 in the same year

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese 402: BA Dissertation in Chinese Studies 155901230 1 Unit Full Year
LIST D - Non-language based disciplinary modules

Before selecting a course, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Anthropology

Available to year 2 or 3 students only. Prerequisite: “Introduction to Social Anthropology” to be taken in in Year 1 as an open option. CATS 2

Art and Archaeology

All Year 2 – Year 4 modules in Chinese art & archaeology are available to students on this programme without prerequisite. CATS 2/3

Politics and International Studies

Available to 2nd or 3rd year students. CATS 2/3

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of China 153400071 1 Unit Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 1 Unit Full Year
Law

'Law and Institutions of Contemporary China,' is available to third-year students only. Prerequisite: 'Chinese Law,' to be taken in Year 1 or Year 2 as an open option. CATS 3

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese Law 155200055 1 Unit Full Year
Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 0.5 Unit Term 1
Sages Through the Ages: Confucius and Laozi 158000133 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Situating China I: China and Other World Views Before 'Westernization' 158000152 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Situating China II: Missionaries and Misfits in the British Construction of China 158000153 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
History

All are CATS 2/3

Music

'Musical Traditions of East Asia' Prerequisite: some background in music required; convenor’s permission required. CATS 2/3

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 0.5 Unit Term 2
DeFIMS - Department of Financial and Management Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Management in China: domestic and international developments 151030003 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

This programme does not have a year abroad.

Fees and funding

Employment

As a graduate who specialised in China and Inner Asia, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail,analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Allen and Overy LLP
BBC
China-Eu School of Law
ChinaContact Consulting
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dah Sing Financial Holdings Ltd.
Embassy of Belgium
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
German Embassy Tokyo
Goldman Sachs International
Halo Associates (Asia) Ltd
Independent Power Corporation PLC
Oxford University Press
SiChuan WenJun Spirits Company
the International Herald Tribune
The University of Hong Kong
United Nations Population Fund
University of Cambridge
Washington State House of Representatives

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Editor and Translator
Under Secretary
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Solicitor
Medical Secretary
Press Attache
Regional Chief of Photography
Project Manager
Economic Counsellor
Lecturer
Professional Translator
Director of Research for China
Social Worker
Head, Asia Programme
Photographer
Professorial Research Associate
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Archaeology
Energy Consultant
Independent Columnist and Reporter
Art Curator

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

You will establish and hone key analytical skills, amass a broad and in-depth knowledge of your chosen field and, from day one, befriend students from around the globe.

David Whittaker

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