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Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    China has become one of the world’s largest economies, and plays an increasingly pivotal role on the world stage. This degree will allow you to become proficient in Chinese – a major world language – as well as gaining an insight into life in China and the broader Asia Pacific region.

    You will combine intensive language study with area studies, so you can build your awareness of the politics, history and culture of this huge and diverse region. You’ll also spend a year studying at one of our partner universities, so you gain first-hand experience of life in China.

    Core modules will build your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and introduce you to key issues in the study of Chinese society, while you can also select from optional modules to explore the wider Asia Pacific region, covering topics from Japanese literature to Korean politics and Thai history.

    Specialist resources

    Leeds has excellent library facilities for Asia Pacific Studies, and the University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

    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.

    For language study, you’ll have access to our fully equipped Language Centre, with digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

    What’s more, there’s our Interpreter Training Suites where you can explore a career in interpreting, as well as our Electronic Resource Information Centre which is home to specialised computing facilities for translation studies.

  • Course content

    Your first year will involve intensive Chinese language tuition to prepare you for your year abroad, as well as introducing you to the political, social and economic landscape of the Asia Pacific region more broadly. Then you’ll spend a year studying at a Chinese university, where you will be surrounded by Chinese culture and where you’ll improve and sharpen your language skills.

    When you return to Leeds, you’ll still take language classes to refine your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules so that some focus on China specifically, while others allow you to explore the region more broadly. Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are just some of the countries you may come across.

    All of this continues into your final year, when you will also work on Chinese translation and composition so you can explore your career options. You can also choose to put the research and critical skills you have developed into practice by submitting and independently researched dissertation.

    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

    Optional modules

    • History and Culture of Early Imperial China 10 credits
    • Modern China 10 credits
    • Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century 10 credits
    • Foundations of East Asia 20 credits
    • Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia 20 credits
    • Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits
    • World Histories 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in China 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Chinese 2A 20 credits
    • Chinese 2B 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • China Since 1979 20 credits
    • Japan's International Relations 20 credits
    • The Making of Modern Thailand 20 credits
    • Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought 20 credits
    • An Introduction to Cantonese (1) 10 credits
    • Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan 20 credits
    • Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits
    • Final year project

    Optional modules

    • Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China 20 credits
    • Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives 20 credits
    • East Asia's Regional Political Economy 20 credits
    • Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present 20 credits
    • Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations 20 credits
    • Buddhism: A Lived Tradition 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese 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

    Lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials are all among the teaching and learning methods we use to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors. However, independent study is also crucial – in reading to prepare for classes and seminars, you’ll develop your essential analytical and research skills.


    We also use different methods to assess your progress. Exams and essays are usually the main elements, but oral presentations and group work may also be assessed depending on the modules you choose. A wealth of support is available: we run extra classes throughout your time at Leeds on issues such as essay structure, public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    GCSE: 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 in a foreign language at GCSE 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%

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    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.


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

    International Foundation Year Programme

    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.

    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


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 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.

    Additional cost information

    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

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    A degree in Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese equips you with an appreciation of the cultures and communities in one of the world’s most vibrant and rapidly growing regions. It also gives you command over a major world language which continues to increase in importance.

    But it also equips you with a range of transferable skills: teamwork, presentation, independent research and critical thinking. You’ll be able to form your own opinions from the evidence in front of you and communicate them clearly.

    It’s no surprise that graduates have gone into a wide range of careers. Many are working in Asia Pacific, while recent graduates have moved into careers in business, journalism, tourism publishing, diplomacy, teaching, aid work, the media, and language-specific roles in 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.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    You’ll spend your second year at a partner university in China – a fantastic opportunity to surround yourself with Chinese culture, build your language skills and meet new people. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their degree.

    You can choose to study in Shanghai or Beijing in mainland China, or in Taipei, Taiwan. Either way, you’ll benefit from further language classes, but you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the region.

    Read more about the Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies

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