Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,400 *
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Our Chinese and International Relations course focuses on questions of governance, democracy and human rights while training competent Chinese linguists ready to enter graduate employment.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Chinese in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and a critical understanding of culture and politics from the perspective of the changing dynamics of the global political order. You'll have the opportunity to study language, culture and international relations in an integrated way, exploring the connections between them and the broader geopolitical and cross-cultural contexts in which they are produced. You'll also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

Our Chinese courses are only available to beginner or intermediate entrants – intermediate entrants are students who have obtained or might be studying for an A level in Chinese, or who might have achieved the equivalent of HSK Chinese Proficiency Test Level 3. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

You'll develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Chinese, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Chinese culture, and the ability to thrive linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

You'll have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, an approved form of employment in a country where Chinese is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Combine language skills with a knowledge of global affairs – develop your language skills against a backdrop of political and social understanding
  • Learn Chinese in context – our authentic teaching, which focuses on language in a cultural context, equips you for real-life situations in the Chinese-speaking world
  • Practise your language skills abroad – spend a year abroad perfecting your communication skills in a Chinese-speaking country
  • Benefit from an expert teaching team – you'll learn from internationally recognised experts and benefit from the significant amount of contact time allocated to language learning on the course

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentation projects, and critical analysis.

The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years. Please note, each Level corresponds to one year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

The following subjects are indicative of what you'll study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Democracy in Crisis
  • The Chinese World and the Word
  • Global Governance and the State
  • The Global Politics of Migration
  • Intercultural Communication – an Introduction
  • Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Asia, Africa and Latin America: Dynamism and Change in the Global South
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Expressions of Chinese Culture
  • Geopolitics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Security
  • Governance in Europe: Comparative and Multilevel Perspectives
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narrative
  • Middle East Politics
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Politics and Society in 21st-Century America
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film

Credit Level 5

Between Levels 4 and 5 you'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, an approved form of employment in a country where Chinese is the official language.

Subjects of study include:

  • American Power in a Multipolar World
  • Contested Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Power in Contemporary International Relations
  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Dissertation
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
  • Ethics, Morality and World Order(s)
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Changing World
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • Oil, Globalisation and Development in the Middle East
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
  • Postcolonial Politics and International Relations
  • Social and Political Movements in a Globalising World
  • Themes in Chinese Studies

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Future-proof your career

Chinese was among the top five most desired languages by employers, according to a report by CBI/Pearson. 

Source: CBI/Pearson 2019.

World

International experience

Gain valuable international experience by taking part in an academic year in a Chinese-speaking country.

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Successful alumni

Previous graduates of this course have found positions in organisations including the British Council, European Parliament and Deutsche Bank.

Career development

As part of the degree, you'll have the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, in an approved form of employment in a Chinese-speaking country, enabling you to develop your language skills in a real-world setting. You may have the opportunity to work as a paid language assistant in a foreign school or undertake a work (or volunteering) placement, both of which provide valuable opportunities to boost employability while improving language competence.

Job roles

This course prepares graduates for roles and industries including:

  • Bilingual consultant
  • International affairs consultant
  • Interpreter
  • Public relations expert
  • International organisations, NGOs and charities

Graduate employers

Previous graduates of our Chinese, Arabic, French, or Spanish and International Relations courses have found positions with organisations including:

  • British Council
  • Deutsche Bank
  • European Parliament
  • Italian Trade Agency
  • TransPerfect

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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International study

You'll have the option to study or work abroad for a year in a Chinese-speaking country, allowing you to immerse yourself in the language and culture.

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Combine language skills with global affairs

Develop your Chinese language skills and a thorough understanding of global international relations.

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Expert teaching staff

The course is taught by experts in the field, whose research is internationally recognised.

Studying languages with us

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

Find an online open day

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement, but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or Intermediate level in Chinese and we may need to test you to determine your language level.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement, but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or Intermediate level in Chinese and we may need to test you to determine your language level.

More information

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

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Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget for about £50 in each year for additional materials.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £2,400 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget for about £50 in each year for additional materials.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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26%74%
2
28%72%
3
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4
23%77%
5
28%72%
Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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22%45%33%
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4
17%83%
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Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019-20

Studying at Regent Campus

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

[email protected]

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Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4pm Monday to Friday

 

We also have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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