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Chinese and International Relations BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: TL12

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No

Overview

China is one of the world’s largest economies, and the country has taken on an increasingly important role in international politics. If you’ve never studied Chinese before, this wide-ranging degree will allow you to learn the language from scratch, gain a deep appreciation of Chinese and East Asian culture, and explore the complex issues affecting how nations interact on the global stage.

Core modules will develop your Chinese language skills and introduce you to some of the key principles and theories in international relations. Then you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules in both subjects to pursue your own interests, from Chinese history, Japanese business and East Asian religions to US foreign policy, terrorism and the politics of aid.

You’ll also spend a year in China to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, and have the chance to gain practical skills like translation. It’s a great way to gain a wide range of skills across two different disciplines.

Specialist resources

With over fifty years of acquisitions, the Chinese collection housed in the beautiful Brotherton Library is one of the best collections of modern Chinese books in the country. The University Library also has impressive holdings of books in English about China, backed up by a wide range of digital materials.

As well as our great library resources, Leeds has state-of-the-art facilities to support language students. Our fully equipped Language Centre includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

If you’re interested in translation studies, we offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. What’s more, if you’d like to explore a career in interpreting you can get a taste of this in our Interpreter Training Suites.

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Course content

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

Your first year will incorporate intensive language classes to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Chinese, as well as core modules introducing you to key principles in international relations. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to draw your two subjects together and explore Chinese history and East Asian culture.

Ultimately this will prepare you for the following year, when you’ll study in China to enhance your skills and experience Chinese culture first-hand. When you return, you’ll have a new perspective based on deeper cultural awareness, and this will inform the rest of your studies.

Over the next two years, you’ll continue with advanced language classes to hone and refine your skills. Core modules will also introduce you to the theory behind international relations and key topics like security. But you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules in both subjects, allowing you to specialise in the areas that interest you. In your final year, you’ll demonstrate the skills you’ve acquired when you undertake an independent research project.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Basic Chinese Language 1 20 credits
Basic Chinese Language 2 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Comparative Politics 20 credits
International Politics 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad in China 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Chinese 2A 20 credits
Chinese 2B 20 credits
Theories of International Relations 20 credits
Security Studies 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits
Final year project

For more information on typical modules, read Chinese and International Relations BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The Schools of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Politics and International Studies (POLIS) are large and diverse departments, with tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

So that you can benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars tutorials and workshops. We also attach a lot of importance to independent study, as this is where you get to develop independent research and analytical skills.

Assessment

We also use different forms of assessment, including exams, essays and case studies. In some modules group work and oral presentations may also be assessed. There is plenty of support on offer, including extra classes on topics like public speaking and exam technique that you can attend throughout your degree.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

GCSE: grade 4/C in a foreign language.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 4/C at GCSE in a foreign language is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    M1, M1, M1

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 77%


Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in Chinese and International Relations will equip you with political, cultural and commercial awareness, as well as proficiency in an important language for international politics and business. These qualities will open doors to a range of careers, but you’ll also have valuable transferable skills that employers actively seek.

You’ll have sophisticated communication skills, and you’ll be confident working independently or in a team. You’ll also have presentation and research skills and be able to analyse information from different sources. Because you’ve managed two subjects you’ll have strong organisational skills – and spending time abroad will demonstrate that you’re adaptable.

Graduates have pursued a variety of career paths including diplomacy, the civil service, journalism, the media, business and finance, marketing and education. Others have pursued postgraduate study or specialised training in disciplines like translation and interpreting.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

After your first year you’ll have the opportunity to spend a year studying at a university in either mainland China or Taiwan.

You’ll take language courses provided by our partner universities, a great opportunity to improve your spoken and written Chinese. But for many, it’s the highlight of their course because of the opportunity it gives them to be surrounded by Chinese culture and get a real sense of life in the country.

Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies

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