BA Modern Languages: Chinese (Mandarin)

China’s cultural importance in the world is at an all-time high and understanding the country and its language is of increasing strategic importance. The BA Modern Languages: Chinese (Mandarin) course at Exeter offers a complete pathway for you to become a proficient speaker, understand China’s fascinating culture and history, and develop your capacity to analyse its past, present and future through its diverse cultural forms. 

As part of the degree course at Exeter, you will undertake intense practical language training as well as theoretical learning to better understand the rich cultural, social and historical backdrop of China. Over four years, you will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff at the forefront of their disciplines and practice speaking with native Chinese (Mandarin) speakers. Internationally-recognised researchers in various fields of Chinese studies will contribute to your wider education on topics such as Chinese literature, art, architecture, visual culture, environment, politics and history. 

The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK, with all of our languages ranked in the top 10 in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2019, and the department ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. We are committed to providing an outstanding student experience on our world-class Chinese programme, which has strong international links to the global research community. In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in China studying at one of our renowned partner universities such as Peking (PKU) or Fudan, teaching English as part of a British Council placement or gaining valuable employment experience and practical applied learning by working abroad. Recent graduates worked at a number of prestigious firms, commercial organisations and within the administration offices of charities.

By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.

Degree programmes

You can study Chinese through three pathways:

  • with one or two other languages (eg, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree (providing no more than one language is studied from beginners’ level)
  • Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined Honours programme 

Programme variations