BA Hons Linguistics with Chinese

This degree in Linguistics with Chinese combines the study of various aspects of language, such as sound, grammar and meaning, with the study of Chinese language and culture.

You will begin your first year with our core Linguistics module where you will be introduced to topics across the full breadth of the linguistics discipline including phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. You will also study our core Chinese module which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Language or culture.  For your final first year module you can choose to complement your studies with an English Language module or from a wide range of options from across the University.

For your second year you will take Structures of the World’s Languages and Sounds of the World’s Languages alongside further Chinese Language modules. These modules will build on the intensive language introduction given in your first year through further language tuition and understanding of the structure of Chinese. You will also have the opportunity to choose a further module from those offered by the Department, such Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use or The Language of Advertising.

Your final year comprises a dissertation plus modules in Cognitive Linguistics, Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory, Chinese Culture and Society, a further Chinese Language module as well as a choice of modules from those offered by the Department.

What will you study?

Part I (Year 1)

In Part I you will take the following:

Part II (Years 2 & 3)

In Part II you take eight units in total, four in each year. All eight units must be taken within the Department.

The following courses are compulsory:

  • LING220 Structures of the World's Languages (second year)
  • LING221 Sounds of the World's Languages (second year)
  • CHIN200 Chinese Language 2 (15 credits)
  • CHIN201 Chinese Language 3 (15 credits)
  • LING301 Dissertation (final year)
  • LING324 Cognitive Linguistics (final year)
  • LING325 Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory (final year)
  • CHIN300 Chinese Language 4 (15 credits)
  • CHIN310 Chinese Culture and Society (15 credits)

The remaining units can be selected from the Department’s Part II courses.


What qualifications will I need?

A level:


IB Diploma:

35 pts overall with 16 from best 3HL subjects


Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Required subjects:

One of the three A levels should be English Language, English Combined, a modern/classical language, Mathematics, Computer Science or Psychology. An additional requirement will normally be made for a grade A or A* in the study of a modern or classical language at GCSE, or a B at AS or A2 level, or equivalents, to ensure students are prepared for the study of a new foreign language.


If you have obtained, or are predicted, a grade A in the Extended Project Qualification, your offer will be one grade lower than typical offers. For example an AAB offer will be made at ABB with an A in the EPQ.


What are my career prospects?


 A combined degree that includes a language is highly sought after by employers. The benefit of a degree in Linguistics or English Language with Chinese is the wide choice of careers available to graduates, ranging from accountancy and IT to journalism, advertising and management.  It is also valuable in fields where international communication is important, like science, trade and international relations.

Transferable skills

 The language and communication skills gained on this course along with a proficiency in Chinese language and a practical knowledge of China can lead to career destinations in the Civil Service, international trade and banking that operate in or with China.

Further specialism

 Many of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics.



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