Asian Studies

Where might Chinese take you?

Career opportunities for graduates of Chinese.

Employers look for breadth of training and experience in graduate recruits, and there is no broader training than an Honours degree in Chinese.

Graduates are in high demand in a wide variety of sectors, including the media, commerce, industry, and the civil service.

Many graduates of Chinese are recruited by companies based in East Asia, an increasingly powerful player in the global economy, but with Scotland's strategy to enhance engagement with China, opportunities for employment are increasing closer to home too, including in translation / interpreting and education.

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with the fourth undergraduate year in particular developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path.

I moved to China in 2008. Language skills were in high demand, and that demand has only grown since. My degree was very balanced between intensive study of Chinese history, literature, film and culture and hard language training, so I arrived not only able to communicate with ease, but, almost more critically, able to relate and connect with local people on a much deeper level.

Jack Smith, Senior Communications Manager, UK Research and Innovation ChinaJack graduated from Edinburgh in 2008 with an MA Hons degree in Chinese

"The degree gave me just the right mixture of linguistic training and cultural and historical knowledge to kick-start a varied and fulfilling career. The inclusion of introductions to Tang poetry and other classical Chinese literature was not just a hugely enriching part of the programme - it also helped me secure a job working as in-house translator for a Chinese traditional opera company in China, which in turn led to all kinds of exciting opportunities. Learning a language is more life-enhancing if you also expose yourself to its "mother" culture, and that is what this programme achieved so well in my view. It also prepared the ground for a subsequent postgraduate degree."

Kay McLeod, Mandarin Excellence Programme Coordinator (from September 2018), UCL IoE Confucius InstituteKay graduated from Edinburgh in 2008 with an MA Hons degree in Chinese

Find out more and apply

If you’d like to study on any of our undergraduate programmes, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. There’s lots of information about the application process on the University of Edinburgh website, including detailed entrance requirements and fees.

Go to the University of Edinburgh web page on how to apply for undergraduate study

Related links

Read our full interview with graduate, Jack Smith

Read our graduate feature on ‘life after LLC’ 

Visit the University of Edinburgh's Careers Service online