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Study Chinese as part of your Combined Honours degree. Explore Chinese culture and a combination of practical language study and communication skills.

About the programme

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001) 

We adopt a largely sociological and anthropological approach to understanding East Asian cultures, rather than seeking an understanding through the study of literature.

As a Combined Honours student, you'll spend one third of your time on Chinese language study.

Stage overview

  • In Stage 1, there are introductory modules in Chinese. The emphasis here is on communication skills and no prior knowledge of Chinese is needed.
  • At Stages 2 and 3, you build on your language skills with a choice of modules on Chinese culture and society.
  • In Stage 3, you can choose to write a dissertation on an approved topic relating to the culture of China. 
  • You get to spend an intercalating year abroad in China, studying at a university with which we have established links.

This is an outstanding opportunity to practise your language skills and experience first-hand the culture of China.

Chinese is offered by the School of Modern Languages.

You may also be interested in the Modern Languages Society or the cultural activities and educational talks from the Anglo-Chinese Society


Chinese can be studied from scratch, post-GCSE or post-A level (or equivalent) standards. A maximum of two language subjects can be taken together in Combined Honours - and only one of these can be at beginners’ level.

It's not possible to study two language subjects on their own, you will need to select a third non-language subject.

Chinese and Japanese cannot be taken together.


Find out about our typical modules. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about choosing this subject as part of your Combined Honours degree, contact us and we'll be more than happy to help. 

Subject adviser

Dr Patricia Oliart, School of Modern Languages

Our address

Combined Honours Centre
9th Level, Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7479