Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Chinese and Italian

UCAS code: TR13

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Year 1

You will study Chinese 1, an introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese, and Modern East Asian History, an introduction to modern East Asian history. A range of other courses, including Modern China in Literature & Film, is available.

Year 2

You will continue to learn Chinese and will explore Chinese culture further in Chinese 2A and Chinese 2B. You may also take Pre-Modern East Asia to 1600, to learn more about classical and pre-modern Chinese history and culture, in preparation for your year in China.

Year 3

You will spend Year 3 studying abroad, where you will develop your language skills and follow courses in Chinese literature and culture.

Year 4

You will continue to study Chinese language alongside your choice of courses in film, politics, modern and pre-modern history, literature, philosophy and economic history.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

The majority of the teaching takes place within the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, located within the University’s Central Area. You will have access to the University’s libraries and computer facilities and the School’s language labs.

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Most of the cultural courses are taught through lectures and tutorials. Languages are taught in small classes that use computer-assisted learning.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of exams, class exercises and coursework.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Chinese graduates are in demand in the media, commerce and the civil service, and many are recruited by companies based in east Asia.

Graduates of Chinese can use their language skills to work as translators, interpreters or teachers.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 points (grades 665 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, including Chinese or Italian, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C. (Revised 23/03/2017.)
  • A Levels: ABB including Chinese or Italian. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Chinese or Italian. SL: English at 5, and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Additional requirements

Native speakers

Please note that the Chinese programmes involve beginners language study and are not suitable for native or near-native speakers.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Chinese and Italian

Additional costs

You will spend September to July of Year 3 at a university in Taiwan or China, as well as a minimum of eight weeks in the country of your partner language. This is a compulsory part of your programme. Costs will vary according to the location. Some scholarship money may be available from external sources, on a competitive basis, for students studying in China.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding