Chinese in UK Universities

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Abertay University

Business Studies with Chinese (undergraduate)

University of Abertay Dundee
tel: +44 (0)1382 308000
fax: +44 (0)1382 30887


University of Bath

MA/Diploma in Interpreting & Translating in East Asian languages

Foreign Languages Centre
Bath BA2 7AY
tel: 44 (0)1225 323-844
fax: 44 (0)1225 323-686


University of Birmingham

Chinese can be studied as a minor language in the BA in Modern Languages, Business and Management degrees.

Department of Modern Languages
Xiaolong Tang


University of Bristol      

Centre for East Asian Studies (postgraduate)

Centre for East Asian Studies
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol, BS8 1TN
tel. 0117 954-5577


University of Cambridge

The Department of East Asian Studies offers full undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chinese Studies

Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA
tel: (0)1223 335-106
fax: (0)1223 335-110


Cardiff University

The School of Modern Languages at Cardiff offers two four-year undergraduate programmes, taught in partnership with Beijing Normal University:
BA in Modern Chinese
BA in Modern Languages (Mandarin) and Translation

For further information, please contact:
School of Modern Languages
66a Park Place,
Cardiff, CF10 3AS


University of Central Lancashire (Preston)

Chinese offered as joint or minor in BA Combined Honours and as part of an MA in Interpreting & Translation. Click here for link to undergraduate courses.

School of Languages & International Studies
Fylde 032, UCLAN, Preston, PR1 2HE Tel: +44 (0)1772 893130


University of Dundee

Chinese (Mandarin) is available as an option on many undergraduate courses and in evening class provision (all credit bearing). There is also an accredited Beginners Chinese distance learning course.

For more information please contact Fiona Woodward, Tel. 01382 384535.

University of Dundee, School of Humanities, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4 HN, Scotland, UK or check


University of Durham

Durham offers a multidisciplinary BA in Chinese Studies. Chinese translation is taught as part of an MA in Translation at MLAC. SGIA with its Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and the Department of History both offer China related teaching and PhD supervision.

MLAC, Elvet Riverside
New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT
tel: 0191 334-32201
fax: 0191 334-3221


University of Edinburgh

The Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies offers full undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chinese Studies. See also the joint Master of Chinese Studies with Glasgow, and the University of Edinburgh’s Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies
8 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9LW
tel: 44 (0)131 650-4227
fax: 44 (0)131 651-1258


University of Exeter

The Department of Modern Languages offers combined (from September 2013) and single honours (from September 2016) undergraduate degrees in Chinese and postgraduate degrees in Chinese Studies and Translation Studies.

Department of Modern Languages College of Humanities Queen’s Building,

Queens Drive,

Exeter, EX4 4HG


University of Glasgow

MSc Chinese Studies 12 months F/T course including 8 weeks in China; The Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research coordinates social science research on China at Glasgow.

Professor Jane Duckett
Tel: 0141 330 2871


Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt’s School of Management & Languages offers a degree in International Business Management and Languages: Chinese as Main Language. For postgraduates the School also offers MSc courses in Chinese-English Interpreting and Translating and Chinese-English Translating. HW also has a Confucius Institute for Business and Communication.

Contact: Shona Barrie
Tel: +44 (0)131 451 3871


Lancaster University

Lancaster University Confucius Institute contributes to the teaching of Chinese Language and Culture modules at Lancaster University.  In addition, the Institute offers part-time classes, holds activities in schools and with businesses. It established its first Confucius Classroom in May 2015 at Anchorsholme Academy Primary School in Thornton Cleveleys.

Lancaster University Confucius Institute
The Roundhouse, Lancaster University, Bailrigg
Lancaster LA14YW

The Lancaster Centre for Management in China provides research and delivery of programmes relevant to the needs of Chinese managers, and recruits students from China.

Lancaster Centre for Management in China (LCMC), Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster LA1 4YX, UK
Tel: 01524 594-059


Lau China Institute, King’s College London

The MSc China & Globalisation provides an introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise from comparative and global perspectives. It equips students with the conceptual and research tools necessary for the critical analysis of China’s social and economic trends, and supports their understanding of Chinese public policies, business strategies and modes of international cooperation. Students can take optional modules on Mandarin (various levels).

Lau China Institute
Room 1 SEB D, South East Block, Strand Campus
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS

Tel: +44(0)20 7848 2695


University of Leeds

East Asian Studies at Leeds offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chinese, either Single Honours or Joint Honours (we have the widest range of JH programmes in the UK, and you can choose from: Arabic, Asia Pacific Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Film Studies, French, German, History, International Business, International Development, International Relations, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Management, Philosophy, Politics, Portuguese, Russian, Sociology or Thai). We welcome students to our Chinese language programmes who are complete beginners, as well as those who have up to and including A2 level (or equivalent). We have Masters programmes in East Asian Studies (with or without a language pathway), Chinese and Management, or the new Masters by Research. The White Rose East Asia Centre offers research and postgraduate training on China.
East Asian Studies
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS29JT
Dr Frances Weightman (Director of East Asian Studies)


University of Liverpool

At Liverpool, Chinese can be studied under the provision of our Honours Select programme, as 25% or 50% of your bachelor’s degree. At 25% you will become fully proficient in Chinese language, and at 50% you will also be able to learn about Chinese culture, history, society and politics. Possible subject combinations include: French, German, Italian, English, Business, History, Politics, Economics, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Film Studies, and many others. You can also learn Chinese with two other languages as part of our BA in Modern European Languages (T900).

The University of Liverpool has a partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), which is based in Suzhou. Both the 25% and 50% programmes come with the opportunity to study for one year at XJTLU.

For more information, please contact the Academic Lead for Chinese Studies, Dr Lei Peng and/or Lecturer in Chinese Studies (History), Dr Leon Rocha.

Dr Lei Peng (Modern Languages and Cultures), lei.peng[at]

Dr Leon Rocha (History), leon.rocha[at]


London School of Economics

The Asia Research Centre is interdepartmental, encouraging and coordinating interdisciplinary social science research in Asian studies. The LSE Language Centre offers Chinese.

LSE China Strategy and Engagement, LSE Confucius Institute for Business, China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN), Taiwan Research Programme.

Asia Research Centre
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
tel: (0)20 7955-7229
fax: (0)20 7955-7399


University of Manchester

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Manchester, launched September 2006, includes undergraduate and postgraduate provision. University of Manchester Confucius Institute.
Centre for Chinese Studies Lime Grove Building The University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL  Tel: 0044-161-3061621 Fax: 0044-161-2753031


Middlesex University

Middlesex University, which has an established partnership with Beijing International Studies University (BISU), offers two four-year undergraduate degree programmes with Mandarin:
BA(Hons) in International Tourism Management (Mandarin)
BA(Hons) in Business Management (Mandarin)
Both of these programmes include a full year of study in China during year 3.

For further information, please contact:
Dr Rui Su
Department of Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Middlesex University
The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT


Newcastle University

The School of Modern Languages offers undergraduate Chinese language in combination with certain other subjects, single honours in Chinese & Cultural Studies, and postgraduate degrees in Translating & Interpreting as well as wide postgraduate research possibilities.

School of Modern Languages
Old Library Building
Newcastle on Tyne NE1 7RU
tel: 44 (0)191 222-7441
fax: 44 (0)191 222-5442


University College Northampton

The China & Transitional Economics Research Centre (CTERC) was established in 1999 to encourage constructive and friendly relations and understanding between the peoples of Britain and China. In 2004, its focus was extended to include all countries engaged in the transition from planning to the market.

The China & Transitional Economics Research Centre (CTERC)
Boughton Green Road
tel: 01604 735-500 x2163
fax: 01604 721-214


University of Nottingham

The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies offers single and joint honours undergraduate degrees in Chinese, and postgraduate supervision.

Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
tel: 44 (0)115 846-6322
fax: 44 (0)115 846-6324


The Open University

The Department of Languages offers part-time supported distance learning course in beginners’ Chinese. It can be studied as part of an OU qualification or a standalone module.

The Open University
Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK


University of Oxford

The Faculty of Oriental Studies offers full undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chinese Studies.

Institute for Chinese Studies
Walton Street
Oxford OX2 2HG
tel: (0)1865 280-430
fax: (0)1865 280-431

In addition, the British Inter-university China Centre (BICC) is now offering Chinese language courses for researchers (CLCR) at upper-intermediate and intermediate Levels. The next two programmes will take place from 12-16 January 2015, and from 20-24 April 2015, at the Oxford China Centre, Canterbury Road, Oxford.


School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London

The Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia offers full undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chinese Studies. SOAS China Institute counts more than 54 affiliated academics working on China across the School, offering additional MA programmes in Chinese Studies. SOAS Confucius Institute offers courses in Chinese language and culture.

Department of China and Inner Asia
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
tel: 44 (0) 20 7637-2388
fax: +44 (0) 20 7898 4009


Regent’s University London

Regent’s University London offers a joint honours degree or minor in BA International Business and Chinese studies. Click here for link to their courses.

Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture

Regent’s University London
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS
tel: +44(0) 207 487 7615
fax: +44(0) 207 487 7465


University of Sheffield

The School of East Asian Studies offers full undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chinese Studies. University of Sheffield Confucius Institute. Distance learning courses are also available for postgraduate degrees in the East Asian Studies department.

East Asian Studies Department
45 The Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
tel: 44 (0)114 222-8400
fax: 44 (0)114 222-8432


University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Offers undergraduate Single and Joint Honours degrees in Chinese Studies in the School of Cultural Studies. See also the Confucius Institute at Trinity Saint David.

Dr Thomas Jansen, Lecturer in Chinese Studies / Confucius Institute Director, School of Cultural Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter SA48 7ED
Phone: +44 (0) 1570 424879
Fax: +44 (0) 1570 424987


Ulster University

There are two options to study Chinese at Ulster:

  • As a minor, in combination with French, German or Spanish, or with English or Business or Computing.
  • As part of the BA/MA in Applied Languages and Translation, where students take Chinese alongside two European languages (French, German or Spanish).  More information can be obtained from Dr Xiuping Li (


University of Warwick

Offers courses on China in the department of Politics & International Studies, History, and in the Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies.

Department of Politics and International Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
tel 024 7652-3486


University of Westminster

Westminster offers modular courses for single and joint honours degrees in Chinese Studies and Chinese medicine. The Department of Modern and Applied Languages runs postgraduate courses and supervision on Chinese topics; the China Media Centre is a research and postgraduate teaching centre.

Chinese Department
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Languages
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2UW