UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Chinese Studies

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    Subject available through multiple programmes

  • Subject Title

    Chinese Studies

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Refer to CK101, CK108 See Requirements for full details.

Course Outline

Chinese Studies combines the study of Chinese language with various disciplines to develop your interest in and knowledge of the history, culture, economy, politics, religion and philosophy of China. It will provide you with exciting opportunities in study, research and careers. 

Chinese Studies is available as a subject through the and programmes. In the BA International Degree, you study the language more intensely through the option of spending Year 3 at one of our partner universities in China.

You also have the option to take Chinese Studies as a sole subject in Year 1 and as a minor subject in Years 2 and 3.


Year 1 Modules:

  • CH1000 An Introduction to Chinese Culture and Society (5 credits)
  • CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) (10 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Chinese Language (Mandarin);  An Introduction to Business in China;  A Continuous Revolution – China in the 20th Century; Chinese Politics & Society;  Popular Culture in East Asia

Year 3*/4 Modules:

Chinese Language;  Dissertation;  Readings in Contemporary Chinese Culture & Current Affairs;  Ethnicity, Class & Gender in China;  Sport, Culture & Chinese Society - A Comparative Study plus credits from the chosen Arts module continued from Second Arts (International)

See the College Calendar for further information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for Chinese Studies for further information on modules.

*BA International students will spend third year studying at a University in China.  They will return to complete Year 4 in UCC.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures in UCC take place from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, for a maximum of 15 hours per week.

Chinese language textbooks may cost around €20 each. 

Why Choose This Course

This course offers great opportunities to study in our partner universities in China for a year and to obtain work placements in China.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA.

Work placement: If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

What can Chinese studies graduates offer employers?

  • Communicate on a wide range of topics in Mandarin Chinese (speak, read and write in Chinese)
  • Solid academic training with excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Deep understanding of the various aspects of history and culture of China and East Asia
  • Academic expertise on East Asian economies and societies, and their embeddedness in a global context
  • Highly developed leadership and team working abilities, cross-cultural awareness and flexibility
  • Understanding of the Chinese market and the needs of the East Asian consumer
  • Thorough knowledge of the legal, cultural and entrepreneurial challenges of doing business in Asia
  • Chinese business and entrepreneurial skills informed by practical case studies of Chinese and foreign companies
  • Understanding of the political and economic environment of doing business in China.
  • Academic writing and research skills embedded in a cross-cultural and multilingual context.
  • Deep appreciation of the theory and practice of Chinese business and conflict management
  • Understand the specific cultural and organisational aspects of Chinese business
  • Interdisciplinary problem solving and highly-developed organizational skills tailored to a cross-cultural environment
  • Act as mediators, negotiators and translators in cross-cultural settings across the Sinosphere


Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. First-year students choose Arts subjects when registering.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact