Chinese Studies and Mathematics

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code T1G1
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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Lancaster’s joint Chinese Studies and Mathematics degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Mathematics and Statistics Department.

Your Chinese Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. Chinese may be studied at either beginner or advanced level. In Maths, you’ll study in-depth mathematical theory and practice and have the option to specialise in pure mathematics or statistics.

Your first year comprises an exploration of the Chinese language and its cultural context, as well as core modules in mathematics, calculus, probability and optional modules in statistics and linear algebra. Alongside these, you will study a minor subject.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will study one Chinese oral skills module and one Chinese written skills module at the same level of proficiency. In addition, you will study the culture, politics and history of the Chinese-speaking world in more depth, as well as selecting one language and culture module which is international in scope and which promotes comparative understanding at a global level, such as Society on Screen: The Language of Film. Students combine these with several maths modules from a range of options, including Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra and Computational Mathematics.

Your third year - the International Placement Year - will deepen your intercultural sensitivity and your command of Chinese. You can study at a partner institution or carry out a work placement and practise your language skills in a real-world context. Staff members within the department will work with you to ensure that you are fully prepared before embarking on your placement in a Chinese-speaking country.

In your final year, you will consolidate your Chinese language skills, and choose from language specific or specialist culture and comparative modules, such as Translation as a Cultural Practice and Mirrors across the Media or a longer, supervised dissertation. You will also choose from a selection of maths modules such as Differential Equations, Combinatorics, or Geometry of Curves and Surfaces.

Careers

As well as language and subject-related skills, a degree in languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that can be utilised across a variety of careers such as accountancy, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and abroad.

Mathematics is a very versatile degree, developing logical thinking, analytical working and problem- solving skills that are highly transferable and much sought after by employers. Recent graduates are pursuing career paths as actuaries, analysts, clinical and medical statisticians, software developers, accountants, and teachers.
For the last ten years, languages graduates from Lancaster have been in the top ten universities in the country in terms of their employment prospects.

Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster in areas such as humanities and interdisciplinary research, making the most of our excellent postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation and Languages and Cultures, as well as in a variety of statistical and related fields.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB including A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics grade A OR ABB including A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, at least one of which at grade A. See below for language requirements.

Required Subjects In addition to the Mathematics requirements above, A level Chinese, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native Mandarin speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL(either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations) and appropriate evidence of language ability

BTEC May be accepted alongside A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and evidence of language ability

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £24,265

Scholarships and Bursaries

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