Chinese Studies and Politics

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code T1L2
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

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Lancaster’s joint Chinese Studies and Politics degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion.

Your Chinese Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills while gaining a thorough understanding of China's historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. Chinese may be studied at either beginner or advanced level. You will learn language and culture in innovative and engaging ways. For example, students learn the Chinese language in its social and cultural context by participating in a wide range of activities through the Chinese Friendship Project. Recent activities have included a day trip to Manchester Chinatown, Chinese Food Corner, Chinese Film Night, Chinese festival celebration, and more.

In Politics, you will explore the themes, concepts and events that have shaped the contemporary world.

Your first year comprises an exploration of the Chinese language and its cultural context as well as the core module ‘Politics in the Modern World’, which introduces you to key themes such as the theory and practice of liberal democracy, globalisation and threats to international security. In addition, you will study a minor subject from a list of subjects provided to you.

In first year (Part 1), you will take the following modules:

  • Politics in the Modern World
  • Part I language studies

And one of the following modules according to your Chinese proficiency:

  • Part I Chinese Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
  • Part I Chinese Studies (Advanced from CEFR B1 to B2)

You will also choose 40 credits of modules from a list of subjects provided to you.

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 in the module 'Shaping Chinese Society: Moments and Movements', as well as select a module which is international in scope and which promotes a comparative understanding at a global level, such as 'Society on Screen: The Language of Film'. You will combine these with modules such as ‘Modern Political Thought’, or ‘Exploring Politics, Religion and Values’.

Spending your third year - the International Placement Year - abroad in a Chinese-speaking country makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. 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 study language-specific or specialist culture and comparative modules, such as 'Masculinities and Modernities in China' and ‘Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century’. You will also select from Politics modules such as, ‘Contemporary Issues in the Middle East’, or ‘The Governance of Global Capitalism’. You will have opportunities to combine your interests in both subjects in longer, supervised projects.

Beginners Languages

Studying a language from beginners level is somewhat intense in nature so we only allow students to study one language from beginners level. Please bear this in mind when looking at our first year module options. If you apply to study a degree with a language from beginners level, your optional modules will only include higher level languages and modules in other subject areas.

Careers

A degree in languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that combine well with the broader knowledge of international issues and social systems you’ll acquire through studying Politics. Graduates have gone on to careers in the civil service, government, public affairs, accountancy, IT, business development, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translation both in the UK and abroad.

Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster in areas such as humanities and interdisciplinary research, making the most of our excellent postgraduate research facilities. There are a diverse range of Master's programmes on offer in Politics, as well as options to study Translation or Languages and Cultures at postgraduate level.

Find out more about the support the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion offers to improve your employability, and learn about the careers of some of our alumni.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects 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 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit accepted alongside appropriate 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 some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

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