BA (Hons)

Mandarin Chinese and English

  • UCAS code(s): TQ13
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Immerse yourself in the discourse and culture of this fascinating language and share your passion for English with a degree designed to enhance, interrogate and challenge your understanding.

This degree enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining these two subjects gives your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our course combinations are designed so that what you learn in one subject will complement and enhance what you learn in the other. In your final year you can choose either to split your time evenly between your two subjects, or to specialise in one. Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you too. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enables you to take part in optional work placements or go on international exchange.

By choosing Mandarin Chinese and English, you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of optional modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. If you’re passionate about literature and have a particular interest in learning more about the Chinese language, culture and society, you’ll really enjoy this combination of subjects.

  • Study Mandarin Chinese from beginners, GCSE or Post A-Level.
  • 97% of English joint honours graduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016 /17).
  • 95% student satisfaction rate for English studies (NSS 2018).
  • Our English studies courses are in the UK’s Top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS 2018).
  • Take part in a language-themed work placement.
  • Gain practical skills in translation and interpreting.
  • Take a year abroad in China.
  • Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section.

What you'll study

Mandarin Chinese

Chinese (Mandarin) is normally studied from beginner's level. You’ll study the Chinese language, country and culture through a range of lively options. This includes modules that explore Chinese history and literature, from the earliest times to present day.

You’ll achieve a high level of communicative skill, and to further increase your career options you can take a final year module to help you develop translation and interpreting skills.

You’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which have: internet access, audio-visual facilities, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.

This ensures that you will have a broad range of options to help you increase your language understanding.

English

Our English degree combines a diverse curriculum with open-minded thought and a thriving arts scene. We offer expert teaching and the transferable skills which make English graduates so popular with employers.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Mandarin Language One – Accelerated Beginners

    This module provides an accelerated course in Mandarin Chinese for students with no prior knowledge of the language. It will equip you with the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of real-life situations and to build language learning skills and other transferable competencies.

    Mandarin Language One – Post A-level

    The module focuses on developing both your understanding of key issues in contemporary Chinese culture and society, and your key communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese: listening, speaking, reading, writing. The module is therefore designed to reinforce your language learning and communication skills by encouraging you to engage with material in a range of media (written, electronic, audio-visual), consolidating your grammatical knowledge, and enabling you to participate actively in whole class, small group and paired discussions in Mandarin Chinese.

    Introduction to Chinese Studies

    This module provides an introduction to Chinese studies. It aims at developing an understanding of culture as practised in both traditional and contemporary Chinese society. It introduces the background knowledge of modern China, including aspects such as history, geography, ethnicity, language and dialect, education, as well as socio-cultural aspects of other Chinese-speaking communities.

    Foundations in Literary Studies

    This module provides the foundation for your studies. You’ll explore some of the most significant transformations that have taken place in the ways that texts are both written and read. The idea of 'great' English literature – indeed, even the idea of English literature – has been rigorously examined and vigorously contested in recent years, and this module considers some of the most important developments that have changed which texts we read and how we read them.

    American Literature: Writing Self and Nation

    This module introduces many of the authors, literary movements, and historical events that shaped American literature from the birth of the republic to the contemporary period. You’ll read writers such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Tennessee Williams who call for a national tradition or assume the task of defining it.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Mandarin Language Two – Accelerated Beginners

    This module aims to develop your fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Grammar will be consolidated and expanded, and essay-writing skills developed. You'll be introduced to a wider range of registers and varieties of the language, and will analyse written and audio-visual texts in more depth.

    Mandarin Language Two – Post A-level

    This module aims to develop your fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. It further develops the four language learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills, through such tasks as video analysis, summaries and translations, and oral debates and presentations.

    Culture and Anarchy

    This module explores the ways in which the tension between ‘culture’ and ‘anarchy’ has repeatedly surfaced as a driving force in the development of English literature, animating creative expression and shaping critical debate. Taking the broad historical period ranging from the late 19th to the late 20th Century as its backdrop, the module focuses on a number of significant moments at which various understandings of ‘cultural’ and ‘anarchic’ activity have impacted upon the social landscape, and on literary texts themselves.

    Mandarin Chinese optional modules

    Media, representation & China

    The module examines representations of China and Chinese cultural identities in different media forms. It introduces you to these representations as powerful mechanisms that both reflect and construct contemporary Chinese society within the context of social, cultural and political transformations.

    Chinese Culture and Society

    This module is designed to give you a contextualised introduction to the key issues and events that have shaped Chinese culture and society since the early 20th Century.

    Languages at Work

    Languages at Work is a language-themed work placement module, involving a series of preparatory lectures/seminars, a placement with a local employer of at least 30 hours, and the production of a piece of writing reflecting on the experience.

    English optional modules

    Renaissance Literature, 1485-1660: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

    This module explores the dramatic writing of the Early Modern period, concentrating on writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson and Middleton.

    Throughout the module, you’ll become familiar with the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. You’ll also consider the critical responses to, and adaptations of Renaissance writing in our own time, whilst exploring the issues raised by Renaissance writing such as those of gender, sexuality or race.

    British Women Writers between the Wars (1918-1939)

    The years after the First World War saw historic changes affecting the social and economic lives of British women. For the first time women were granted the vote on the same terms as men, and the opening up of professions to women permanently shattered the Victorian ideal of womanhood as the ‘Angel in the House’. Newspapers and magazines of the period were full of images of the ‘modern woman’ who became an emblematic figure for modernity in the interwar years.

    This module will explore the ways in which a new generation of professional women writers represented women’s experiences of modernity across a range of literary texts written during the years between 1918 and 1939.

    Romantic Revolutions 1780-1851

    1780-1851 was a period of political, poetic and social revolution in Britain. By studying poetry and prose of the period, you’ll investigate how far revolutionary social and political change is reflected in the experimental themes and forms of Romantic writing, and the module will be attentive to the development from earlier to later Romantic writing.

    Writing Works

    During this module, you’ll study and produce writing in different genres, gaining knowledge of craft issues and learning how to apply them to many different forms.

    American Topics

    American Topics engages in the focused analysis of the representation in American texts of a particular theme or themes. So, for instance, the module might focus on Writing Landscapes, and would concentrate on agrarian and urban landscapes within the American imagination, on region and landscape (e.g. New England literary culture or the South), and on the American sublime. If the focus is on African American Identities it would cover the history and heritage of slavery, the Harlem Renaissance and the literature of the Civil Rights movement.

    Literature and Psychoanalysis

    This module explores the relationship between literature and psychoanalysis, examining the way that psychoanalytic theory has reshaped our encounter with literary texts. Building on your understanding of the relationship between critical thinking and literary production and analysis, the module discusses the development of psychoanalysis from its origins to its application by contemporary literary critics. Reading a range of clinical, theoretical and literary texts, you will think about how different approaches to the human psyche have been understood and employed by different readers and writers in different places and at different times.

    Voices and Visions

    You'll be introduced to new writing specialisms with a particular focus on visual and vocal communication. Throughout this module you'll practice independent learning strategies and draft original creative work to enhance collaboration, research, editing and reviewing skills. You'll be taught how to combine information, think laterally and develop resonant visual and sonic narratives.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three, you can spend time working or studying in China. Our partner universities are in Beijing, Shanghai, and Yunnan.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    Mandarin Chinese Capstone Project

    A specialist research project, which develops in-depth skills in planning, self-reliance and organisation.

    OR

    Real-Life Work Project

    If you unable to take the year abroad you will produce a Real-Life Work Project during your final year. This extended piece of research and writing equates to the capstone module (see above), but involves working closely with an organisation.

    OR

    English Dissertation

    The final year dissertation module enables you to undertake a sustained, single piece of independently researched work on a topic of your choice, under expert supervision.

    Mandarin Language Three

    This module builds on the previous years of language learning by aiming to maximise your fluency and accuracy in written and oral / aural Mandarin Chinese. Throughout the module, you will combine analysis of important contemporary issues in Chinese society with further development of your communicative skills to enable you to reach a high level of language proficiency.

    OR

    The Creative Writing Dissertation

    As an alternative to the critical dissertation, you may wish to do a creative writing dissertation. This alternative will enable you to study and participate in the practice of writing, with particular focus on the production of a long piece of individual creative work.

    English and Creative Industries Project

    As an alternative to the critical English Dissertation or Creative Writing Dissertation, you may opt to undertake a project. The module will give you the opportunity to undertake project work in a small group, led by a project supervisor, and to produce a portfolio of critical and reflective writing. Working with an employer on a defined project you'll be able to put into practice the skills and knowledge gained over the course of their degree within a professional setting.

    Mandarin Chinese optional modules

    Contemporary China

    This module builds upon your knowledge of Chinese Culture and Society. You'll examine the impact of 20th-century revolutionary movements on the modern Chinese state, and assesses the impact of the post-Cultural Revolution period and the economic boom on Chinese politics.

    Translation and Interpreting

    In this module, you will develop knowledge and understanding of translation processes, and enjoy opportunities to engage in guided practice. You will also develop your interpreting skills by undertaking consecutive interpreting activities.

    English optional modules

    Early Modern Poetry and Prose

    This module introduces you to authors writing poetry and prose in the 16th and 17th Centuries. You’ll become familiar with some of the following literary genres: the sonnet, the epic poem, the epyllia, ‘metaphysical’ poetry, satire, political allegory and radical writing. The module will greatly expand contextual knowledge, and explore political and religious context, as well as the application of appropriate theoretical approaches (e.g. cultural materialism, gender theory).

    American Specialisms

    American Specialisms provides you with an opportunity to pursue the advanced study of one or more American literature specialisms, normally developed from recent and current research being carried out by tutors. It encourages you to intervene in current debates in American literature and to consider how the subject is being shaped by contemporary thinking. The focus will vary from year to year. Although the module may involve detailed focus on a highly specific aspect of American literature, you’ll be encouraged to understand this aspect in relation to broader developments in American culture.

    Reading Gender and Sexuality

    This module examines the politics and aesthetics of gender and sexuality in relation to the writing of 20th-century and contemporary literature. It historicises and submits to sceptical analysis central concepts in the period's conceptualisations of fixed gender identities and sexual identities. Key terms for analysis include femininity, masculinity, androgyny, heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, ethnicity, and 'difference'. These are related to literary texts from a range of cultures and from four main periods: the early 20th Century, the mid-century, the period of the sexual revolution and the contemporary.

    Postcolonial Texts: Narratives of Liberation

    This module focuses on postcolonial texts (fiction, poetry and film) and considers the relationship between acts of representation and the politics of anti-colonialism and postcolonialism. It introduces you to the historical, political and cultural contexts of the postcolonial world, as well as to a range of texts produced in postcolonial societies.

    Travel Writing: Texts, Contexts and Theory

    Led by members of staff from our highly regarded Centre for Travel Writing Studies, this module provides an overview of travel writing. It examines criticism and theories of the genre (including arguments about whether it constitutes a genre at all). You’ll be invited to consider the relationship of travel writing to society and to other forms of literature, both canonical and non-canonical.

    Gothic Rebels and Reactionaries

    This module will begin by exploring Romanticism’s Gothic impulse, examining the rise of the Gothic Romance in the late 18th Century, before investigating its development into the 19th Century. Each week, the module will consider a key literary text from the period alongside a theoretical issue in order to establish a critical vocabulary from which to interpret and understand Gothic’s many manifestations.

    Literature in Theory: Writing, Technology, and the World

    This module aims to enable an advanced understanding of debates that have significantly reshaped literary and critical theory in recent years. Contemporary theory is now a very large and diverse field; focusing on specific issues and questions, this module will deepen your knowledge of literature and its cultural and social locations. It will consider how the concept of ‘literature’ and the practise of writing has been profoundly transformed by work that innovatively reshapes the relationship between writing, criticism, and subjectivity.

    Modernism and Modernity

    This module explores some of the central features of the many transnational movements of modernism, examining how the experimental qualities of modernist culture were conditioned by responses to changes in social and technological modernity.

    Nuclear Literature

    Introduces students to the literary and cultural impact of a key technology and the latest debates in the Nuclear Humanities. Engaging students with research being undertaken into this subject at NTU, the module considers the representation of nuclear technology and science in literary texts, as well as the questions raised for literature by the dawning of the nuclear age.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (83%) and written (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (72%) and written (28%)
  • Final Year coursework (87%), written (8%) and practical (5%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%), independent study (69%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (69%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include written and oral communication skills, critical analysis and a variety of IT skills. But you’ll also become more self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM.
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.


University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.


Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.
We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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