Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Chinese

Why choose Chinese at the University of Edinburgh?

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

  • We are ranked 13th in the world for arts and humanities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • The University offers 16 languages, and a wide range of joint programmes. We’re passionate about enabling choice and broadening minds through flexible programmes in languages and cultures from around the globe.

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

  • You’ll be based at the heart of the University, in a world-leading festival city with excellent links to China, a thriving East Asian cultural scene, and fantastic libraries, language learning facilities, and collections. These include the EUL Chinese and East Asian Studies Collection comprising some 50,000 print and digital resources.

  • Our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, passing on to you the same passion and world-class expertise that gained excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Our Chinese research was part of the Area Studies submission in which 73 per cent of our publications rated either world-leading or internationally excellent on the overall quality profile.

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 3rd year MA (Hons) Chinese & Economics
Laura Findlay 3rd 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.

Study Chinese at Edinburgh and you will learn Mandarin in the context of Chinese and East Asian society, literature, history, culture and philosophy, from earliest times to the present day. You’ll also learn to read and write classical and modern standard Chinese.

You can take Chinese as a single honours programme, or jointly with a range of other subjects. Our programmes are designed for beginners, with regular classroom tuition from native Chinese speakers, and supported access to an extensive range of media resources.

You’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, and specialise thereafter. Graduates are in high demand in a wide variety of sectors.

Native speakers

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