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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

BA Chinese Studies

Duration: 3 years

Overview

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2015 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB
  • IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • 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

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications may be invited for interview.

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.

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 Course

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 courses must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Course
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 Course

Choose one unit from List A, based on language ability. Core courses 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.

Lower intermediate level

Only one of these units can be studied a year

Higher intermediate level

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

Advanced level

Both of these courses can be studied in the same year, or in subsequent years.

LIST B - Classical language units available
Elementary Level
Lower intermediate level
Higher intermediate level
Advanced level
LIST C - Language-based disciplinary courses and regional languages (subject to prerequisite)
Elementary level

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

Lower intermediate level

Prerequisite: Special Course in Chinese IV

Higher intermediate level

Prerequisite: passed at least one modern language courses at 300-level

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

LIST D - Non-language based disciplinary courses

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 courses 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

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

Religious Studies
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

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

This programme does not have a year abroad.

Destinations

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