On this course, you’ll study Chinese and Portuguese, spend some time learning abroad, and build your understanding of rich and diverse cultures across the world.
Whether you’re a beginner, or you already have some knowledge of either language, this course will suit your needs. You’ll develop advanced skills in both languages as well as gaining an insight into the history, politics and cultures of China and Portuguese-speaking countries. You can also choose optional modules on topics you are interested in such as film and literature in the Portuguese-speaking world, modern Chinese history and East Asian religions.
During your second year, you’ll spend some time studying both in China and a Portuguese-speaking country, providing invaluable opportunities to practise your language skills and experience the local culture first-hand.
Becoming fluent in both languages, as well as gaining international experience, opens up excellent global career opportunities for you when you graduate.
With a variety of specialist facilities and four libraries on campus, you’ll find plenty of space for study, group work and research.
The Brotherton Library is home to a wide variety of manuscripts, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research.
The Language Centre includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). The Language Zone offers excellent learning material in more than 50 languages, including online resources and advice. The Language Exchange and the Language Groups programme provide opportunities to practise with other learners and native speakers; you can also volunteer to help other learners and enhance your CV at the same time.
The Electronic Resource Information Centre offers specialised computing facilities for translation studies and Interpreter Training Suites – ideal if you are considering a career in interpreting.
The Camões Institute is the cultural institute of the Portuguese government and is located on campus. The University also hosts the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, with regular visiting speakers.
In the first year, core modules will develop your skills across reading, writing, listening and speaking in both languages. You'll also be able to choose from optional modules focusing on cultural, political, religious and historical contexts which are of interest to you.
You'll spend part of your second year studying abroad at a partner university in China which will include tuition in Chinese language. As well as language classes you can attend classes on different aspects of Chinese culture. You'll then spend a further part of your second year in a Portuguese-speaking country.
You’ll return to Leeds in your third year and enhance your core skills in both languages; you’ll also have opportunities to specialise further in the topics that interest you through optional modules.
Your final year will involve working on a research project which could be a dissertation, translation or podcast. You'll also have the flexibility to choose from a range of language and cultural modules to deepen your knowledge. The international outlook and knowledge you develop alongside advanced language skills will allow you to consider career options in a range of fields when you graduate.
The list shown below represents 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|
|Basic Chinese Language 2||20|
|Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa||20|
|Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A||20|
|Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B||20|
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
|Portuguese Language Skills||20|
Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies||20|
|Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice||20|
|Women and Family in Chinese Society||20|
|Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present||20|
|Towards the Future: Skills in Context||20|
|Linguists into Schools||20|
|Film and Literature in the Portuguese-speaking World||20|
|Culture and Society in the Portuguese-Speaking World||20|
Year 4 compulsory modules
|Chinese 3: Advanced Skills||20|
|Advanced Portuguese Language||20|
Year 4 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Final Year Project: Dissertation||40|
|Final Year Project: Extended Translation||40|
|Final Year Project: Digital Documentary (Podcast)||40|
|Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption||20|
|Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents||20|
|Social Movements across Cultures||20|
|Minoritised Languages, Dialects and Cultures from Past to Present||20|
|Linguists into Schools||20|
|Urban Realities and Representations in the Portuguese Speaking World||20|
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields whose teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research. We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a final year research project on a topic of your own choice.
As well as being taught by our expert academics, you may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus. We are committed to an innovative and inclusive approach to teaching, which draws on a variety of activities, including flipped learning, group presentations, and bespoke digital resources to prepare you for your seminar discussions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a wide range of assessments including essays, exams, presentations, podcasts, literature reviews and reflective logs. We offer support in these areas as well. For example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam techniques which you can attend throughout your time at Leeds. Assessments are designed to deliver the transferable skills needed for the world of work; task-based activities are designed to evidence critical thinking, demonstrate initiative, and show knowledge of a range of relevant subjects and sources.
GCSE: Grade 4/C in a foreign language
Other course specific tests:
Access to HE Diploma
Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
European Baccalaureate: 75%.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were 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.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
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.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £22,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
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.
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Some additional fees apply to this course:
Find out more about fees if you take a study abroad or work placement year.
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Course or programme of study costs.
Additional costs related to being a student at the University of Leeds.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and 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.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
Read our guidance about applying.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK 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.
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In this degree, you’ll become proficient in two major world languages, and experience studying and living abroad. You’ll develop a range of skills across disciplines that employers are actively looking for.
You’ll have strong research skills, and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll be able to communicate your views clearly, and have an understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
Your knowledge and experience will open up a broad range of career choices and opportunities to connect with people across major world regions. Our graduates have pursued careers in diverse fields such as translation and interpreting, education, journalism, business, law and civil and diplomatic services.
Postgraduate study in languages at Leeds or elsewhere provides an opportunity to continue to learn and prepare for a PhD and a career in academia.
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 about Careers support.
Study abroad and work placements
Study Abroad Opportunities:
During your time abroad, you’ll have the chance to practise and develop your language skills as well as immersing yourself in the culture. You’ll spend some of your year abroad in China followed by a period of time in a Portuguese-speaking country.