SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

BA Chinese Studies

duration:
3 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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

2018 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

Modules are divided into different categories, under four lists: List A: Modern Chinese language modules; List B: Classical Chinese language modules; List C: Language-based disciplinary modules and regional languages; List D: Non-language based disciplinary modules.

The programme does not include a year abroad.

Year 1
Core Module

Choose 30 credits from List A, based on language ability. Except: Chinese 101 and Chinese 102 are taken together as an accelerated double module. Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from List B or D.

Open Option Module

Choose 30 credits from any list or an open option.

Year 2
Core Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List A, based on language ability. Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from List B

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from List C or D.

Open Option Module

Choose 30 credits from any list or an open option.

Year 3
Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from list A or B

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from List C or D.

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from any list.

Open Option Module

Choose 30 credits from any list or an open option.

List A (Modern Language)

Available to students depending on their language ability

Elementary level

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 101: Elementary Modern Chinese Language 1 155901217 30 Full Year
Chinese 102: Elementary Modern Chinese Language 2 155901218 30 Full Year
Chinese 2 155900829 30 Full Year
Lower intermediate level

Only one of these modules can be studied a year

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 3 155901097 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 155901144 30 Full Year
Higher intermediate level

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 301: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Reading) 155903004 15 Full Year
Chinese 302: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Writing) 155903005 15 Full Year
Chinese 303: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Translation) 155903006 15 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese 304: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Listening and speaking) 155903007 15 Full Year
Chinese 5 (Intermediate Business Chinese) 155901409 30 Full Year
Advanced level

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 401: Advanced Modern Chinese Language (Listening and Speaking) 155903008 15 Full Year
Chinese 402: Advanced Modern Chinese (Reading and Writing) 155903009 15 Full Year
Chinese 404: Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 155901332 30 Full Year
Reading Contemporary Chinese Literary Text 155903012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Modern Chinese Literary Text 155903013 15 Term 1
List B (Classical Language)
Elementary Level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 104: Introduction to Classical Chinese 155901219 30 Full Year
Lower intermediate level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Reading Classical and Literary Chinese 155901234 30 Full Year
Higher intermediate level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 306: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 155901227 30 Full Year
Advanced level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 6: Advanced Business Chinese 155903010 15 Full Year
Chinese 403: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature (Advanced) 155901232 30 Full Year
List C (Language-based disciplinary modules and regional languages - subject to prerequisite)
Elementary level

Prerequisite: Chinese 101/102 or Chinese 2

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) 155901249 30 Full Year
Tibetan (Modern) 1 155903000 30 Full Year
Lower intermediate level

Prerequisite: Chinese 4

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 305: Elementary Cantonese 155901228 30 Full Year
Higher intermediate level

Prerequisite: passed modules to the value of 30 credits of modern language at 300-level

Advanced level

Prerequisite: passed modules to the value of 30 credits of modern language 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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Chinese Languages and Cultures 155901230 30 Full Year
Chinese Cultures on Screen and Stage 155903014 15 Term 1
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond 155903011 15 Term 2
List D (Non-Language 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.

Culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 15 Term 2
Literature and Social Transformation in Contemporary China 155903016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China 155903017 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 155903002 15 Term 2
Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches 155903001 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History to 1600: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901199 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History 1600 to 1945: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901200 15 Term 2
Modern Korea 1: History 155901428 15 Term 1
Modern Korea 2: Culture and Society 155901429 15 Term 2
Cultural History of Tibet 155903018 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Imagining Tibet 155903019 15 Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi 155901416 15 Term 1
Fieldwork methods in language and culture 155901417 15 Term 2
Identity and social relations in Japanese 155901418 15 Term 1
Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey 155904000 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest 155904001 15 Term 2
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 1
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.

Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 2
Art and Culture in Imperial China 154900140 15 Term 2
Art and Culture in Modern China 154900141 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Archaeology of Medieval China 154900142 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Archaeology of Ancient China 154900143 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Art and Modernity 154900167 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics 154900170 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Contemporary Art 154900174 15 Term 1
Representing China in Museums 154900177 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and World Development 153401003 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 153401004 15 Term 1
Politics

Available to 2nd or 3rd year students.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 30 Full Year
International Relations of East Asia 153400078 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese Law 155200055 30 Full Year
Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 15 Term 2
Classical Chinese Thought 158000103 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Buddhism in Pre-Modern China 158000201 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H297 Modern China 154800281 30 Full Year
H382 Opium and Empires: Eastern Asia's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context 154800294 30 Full Year
Music

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
DeFIMS - Department of Financial and Management Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Management in China: domestic and international developments 151030003 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

This programme does not have a year abroad.

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 45, 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are taught over one term or the full year. It also shows which modules are compulsory and which are optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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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