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Chinese Studies


China is one of the world's great civilisations, alongside the European and Middle Eastern traditions. The Chinese Studies major provides you with a solid understanding of Chinese society and culture, the foundational language skills essential to function with confidence in the Chinese-speaking world, a basic ability to work in China-related professions and the competence to conduct research in Chinese studies.

The modern Chinese language major caters for a wide range of language abilities, from complete beginners to those with background in both standard and non-standard forms of Chinese vernacular. It focuses on developing effective communicative skills at the beginner and intermediate levels, including Chinese for professional purposes. At the advanced levels, we teach research and academic writing skills in the Chinese language. The teaching of classical Chinese is integrated with the study of the literature and thought of pre-modern China.

Regardless of your prior experience of the language, you will have access to the full range of units of study offered by the department including the opportunity to go on exchange or attend an Intensive Summer Program at Peking University.

Whether you are an absolute beginner in the language or you are a background-speaker, you can major in Chinese Studies and go on to complete an honours year or postgraduate study in the subject. As a graduate you may have a career in international relations, multinational corporations, media, tourism, NGOs, academic research, and education relating to China.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

You can study a Chinese Studies major or minor, starting at the level most suited to your current ability. See our language proficiency levels for more details.

This major is offered by the Department of Chinese Studies


Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications and media officer
  • Foreign affairs or trade officer
  • Journalist
  • Language specialist or educator
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Units of study in this major

Please note - this is a sample of the units of study on offer, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook for more details.

To commence study in the year

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.