BA (Hons)

Mandarin Chinese and Linguistics

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  • UCAS code(s): TQ11
  • 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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If you’re passionate about the nature of language and have a particular interest in learning more about the Chinese language, culture and society, this is the perfect course for you!

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give 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.

By choosing Mandarin Chinese and Linguistics, 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 language 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.
  • 100% of our linguistics graduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DHLE 2016 /17).
  • 95% student satisfaction rate for linguistics (NSS 2018).
  • Our linguistics 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.

Linguistics

Linguistics is the study of natural language. It covers the study of language structure (grammar), the study of meaning (semantics) and the social functions of language (sociolinguistics). This course will equip you with the tools for analysing language and for conducting your own research. You’ll discuss the immense power that our language has to construct and to constrain meaning.

We’ve recently launched several new modules which draw on contemporary research. This means that you will be studying the very latest developments in clinical linguistics, media discourse and child language acquisition.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of grammar, foreign languages or technical terminology to study this course.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Chinese 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 Grammar (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.

    Introduction to Language and Linguistics

    This module will raise some of the questions that make language one of the most fascinating subjects in the humanities and will provide you with the tools you'll need to study any aspect of language.

    You’ll learn how we can examine the sounds, words and grammar of a language such as English and what this tells us about the way speakers use language.

    Language in Context

    This module explores the English language from the point of view of its structure, its history and its unique role today as a global language.

    You’ll explore different perspectives on studying English in its various social, historical and cultural contexts. In doing so, you’ll consider applications of the core tools of linguistic analysis in the study of English language and in examining the wider world.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Chinese 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.

    Mandarin Language Three (Accelerated Beginners)

    Further develop your speaking, writing listening and reading skills in Mandarin.You'll be able to apply research and critical skills to written and aural documents to improve your academic and professional output.

    Applying Methods in Linguistics

    This module will introduce you to a range of methods of data collection, project design and data analysis. You’ll acquire the skills and methods which will help prepare you for your Dissertation in the final year. At the end of the module, you’ll be required to produce a research proposal in response to a simulated real-world briefing.

    Mandarin Chinese optional modules

    Media, representation and 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.

    Linguistics optional modules

    Communication Disorders

    The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists estimates that 2.5 million people in the UK have a communication disorder. Of this number, 800,000 people have a disorder that is so severe that it’s hard for anyone outside their immediate families to understand them.

    This module will introduce you to the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders that make up these large numbers.

    Sociolinguistics

    Language variation refers to the way in which language changes in response to different social practices. Common sense tells us that language varies with situation and in the course of this module we will explore the different aspects of language variation, drawing on your own experiences and perceptions of language use. For instance we are aware of different accents and dialects across the country; we can all vary our language depending on whether we are talking to an adult or a child.

    The aim of this module is to raise your awareness of the linguistic consequences of the contexts of culture and situation.

    Child Language Acquisition

    This module will allow you to investigate the course of language acquisition from birth to the age of four, paying particular attention to the development of phonetics, lexis and grammar. There will also be the opportunity to focus on fields such as social and pragmatic development and the chance to compare ‘normal’ development with groups of special populations where children may come across particular problems with language learning.

    Phonetics

    Phonetics is the scientific study of speech sounds. This module will cover physiology: the study of the human organs of speech, and articulation: the study of the consonant and vowel sounds which the human vocal apparatus is capable of producing.

    This module will equip you with a tool of description which may then be employed in other linguistic work e.g. in sociolinguistic project work.

    Discourse Analysis

    Discourse analysis is the study of naturally occurring language across extended texts, both spoken and written. The module begins by surveying the various approaches and issues within discourse analysis, before introducing a critical element to analysis and finally applying the methods across a range of discourse types. The module aims to provide a systematic linguistic toolkit for analysing discourse, and to show how the tools can be applied to a wide range of spoken and written texts. It also aims to offer a solid grounding for all of the third year modules in the Discourse pathway.

  • 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

    Linguistics 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.

    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.

    Chinese 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.

    Linguistics optional modules

    Psycholinguistics

    This module will allow you to look at language from a psychological perspective. This will relate the psychology of language to theories of learning, mind and brain as well as dealing with particular aspects of society and culture. By the end of this module you’ll be aware of the central issues of psycholinguistic research and will have an understanding of the various methodologies and experiments which have been carried out within this field of study.

    Language, Gender and Sexuality

    This module will explore key aspects of the study of language and gender, such as theories of language and gender (difference, dominance, discursive approaches), sexist language and language change, language and gender in different contexts (e.g. in the media, in books etc.). It will offer insight into the ways in which research on language and gender has developed and diversified since the 1970s, and in particular how it has responded to the 'post-structuralist challenge' and the shift to discourses and to gender identities. The module will provide you with an opportunity to explore and critically evaluate the discursive construction of both femininities and masculinities, in theoretical and practical ways.

    Clinical Linguistics

    In this module you’ll be invited to apply your knowledge of language structure and function to a clinical context. A range of child and adult communication disorders will be examined. You’ll be introduced to the anatomical, physiological, psychological, audiological and neurological pathologies that underlie disorders of foetal development (e.g. cleft palate), disorders of cognitive development (e.g. Down's syndrome and autism), congenital disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy), acquired neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, brain tumour, dementia, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, head trauma), acquired speech disorders (e.g. glossectomy, dysarthria), hearing disorders (genetic and infection-related), disorders of fluency (e.g. stammering) and disorders of voice (e.g. puberphonia in adolescent males, laryngectomy, vocal nodules and polyps).

    Forensic Linguistics

    This module will introduce you to the analysis of language in legal settings, which comprises two main fields of enquiry: (i) language in the legal process (ii) and language as evidence. You’ll critically engage with both written and spoken discourse produced within the specialised institutional contexts of the law, and will examine the linguistic strategies used by those within the institution (legal drafters, police, lawyers and judges) and by lay participants (suspects and witnesses).

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 (50%) and written (50%)
  • Year 2 coursework (67%) and written (33%)
  • Final Year coursework (64%) written (24%) and practical (12%)

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 (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%)

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. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

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 email 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.

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

Getting in touch

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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.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

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Getting in touch

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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.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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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