Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Chinese

Why choose Chinese at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are the only university in Scotland to offer both single and joint honours undergraduate honours programmes in Chinese. All our programmes include a year abroad studying in either China or Taiwan.

  • We are ranked 11th in the world for arts and humanities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • You’ll be part of a friendly community of staff and students with its own Chinese Studies peer support group, great links to the Confucius Institute for Scotland, and a regular Asian Studies seminar series featuring visiting speakers from around the world.

Study abroad

The small class sizes in Chinese mean you quickly become a tight-knit group. It also allows lecturers to properly get to know you and your individual strengths and weaknesses.

Laura Findlay 4th year MA (Hons) Chinese & Economics
Laura Findlay 4th year MA (Hons) Chinese & Economics

Introducing Chinese

One of the world's earliest civilisations, China is once again a major economic and political global power - one whose scale makes an understanding of regional and cultural differences essential.

We specialise in teaching students with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese. You can take Chinese as a single honours programme, or jointly with a range of other subjects.

On our programmes, you will learn to read, write and speak modern standard Chinese. You will learn the language in the context of Chinese and East Asian history, literature culture, politics and international relations, past and present*.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's central area in a world-leading festival city bursting with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including the library's Chinese and East Asian Studies Collection of some 50,000 print and digital resources.

*(Revised 17 November 2020 to update the Edinburgh honours programme offer.)