Chinese Studies

China currently has one of the largest economies in the world, and Chinese is the first language for over one billion people globally. Our Chinese Studies programme provides you with the skills to engage fully with China from different dimensions and perspectives, thereby opening the door to truly international employment opportunities.

A Year Abroad in China is mandatory for Chinese Studies at 50%, and highly recommended for Chinese Studies at 25%. The University of Liverpool has a partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). During the Year Abroad at XJTLU, you will fully immerse yourself in Chinese culture and society, enhance your language abilities, and follow courses on a whole range of topics, such as Modern Chinese Literature, Business and Enterprise in China, China’s Digital Revolution, and even Classical Chinese.

Under Honours Select, you can combine Chinese with many subjects, for example: French, German, Italian, Spanish, English, Business, History, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Law, Sociology, Film Studies, Communication and Media. You can also learn Chinese with two other languages as part of our BA in Modern European Languages (T900).


Chinese Joint (50%)

Studying Chinese at 50% will enable you to become fully proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to the language. You will also deepen your knowledge and understanding of Chinese society and culture. Modules range from learning about ancient Chinese civilisation to contemporary Chinese cinema, from Confucius and Laozi to Chairman Mao, from Peking opera to Chinese rock music.


Chinese Minor (25%)

Studying Chinese at 25% of your degree will enable you to become fully proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to the language.

At the University of Liverpool, Chinese is taken as a beginners’ language. In Year 1 our vibrant and fast-moving course will quickly take you to A-level standards. In subsequent years, expert tuition in small groups will equip you with intercultural knowledge and interpreting/translating skills for professional purposes, and you can expect to reach near-native level by graduation.