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International Studies and Chinese (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #417 (QS) ,
China has been at the forefront of a global economic power shift in the aftermath of the global economic crisis in 2008. This International Studies and Chinese (Hons) degree, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, gives you the chance to study international relations with a year abroad in China at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

About

Why study BA International Studies and Chinese (Hons) at Goldsmiths, University of London?

  • You’ll explore the key concepts, policies, practices and institutions of international relations while developing your Chinese language skills.
  • Your time studying in China will give you the chance to gain first-hand experience of the culture, to consolidate your knowledge and language skills, and offer you the chance to discover your own area of interest in China within the larger global context.
  • The study of international systems and relations is complemented by studies centred on regions of crucial geopolitical and economic significance today: you’ll focus on China, but will also look at the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
  • You can enhance your knowledge in your personal areas of interest, with option modules in security, development and human rights, foreign policy, and conflict and genocide.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to an optional work placement in the international relations sector. This valuable experience will set you apart as you pursue a career in areas such as government, international institutions, policy thinktanks, development agencies and NGOs.
  • After graduating you’ll be given the option to study for another year at Beijing Capital Normal University and gain a BA in Chinese Studies. This option to gain an additional BA degree is a unique opportunity and the only programme of its type to be approved by the Ministry of Education in China, which will help to open doors for further employment opportunities.
  • During your studies, you’ll be eligible to apply for funding to take part in our annual Summer/Winter Camp to China. In previous years, students have visited Beijing and Shanghai and seen cultural sights including the Great Wall of China, visited the Forbidden City and cruised along Huangpu River.

Skills 

This programme will develop you intellectually, and will enhance your transferable and communication skills – learning to plan your workload, to research solutions, and to express your ideas coherently. In addition to these generic skills students will also gain fluency in the language of the world’s fastest growing economy.

Careers

  • Graduates of this programme will be in a unique employment position having gained broader disciplinary based theoretical skills than China area studies programmes, yet have advanced Chinese language skills and experience in China that are usually only available to China area studies scholars.
  • Graduates of this programme have gone on to a wide variety of careers. Some go on to postgraduate study or further training in law, accountancy, social work, business administration, or to specialise in one area of their academic studies, whilst others go directly into employment. 
  • Recent graduates have found employment in administration and management; in various departments of central and local government; in finance, in the media; in research and computing; in voluntary agencies; in health, education and housing management; the probation service; in company management, and as lecturers and teachers. You can find out more about different career options open to you on our Politics careers pages.
  • With the addition of Chinese languages plus the one year in country training students of this programme will also have more specialised skills and experiential knowledge of a country that is economically, politically and socially fast becoming the world’s second super-power.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • You can still apply up to 30 June
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Contemporary International Relations Theories 15 credits
  • Global Governance and World Order 15 credits
  • Security Studies 15 credits
  •  US Politics and Foreign Policy 15 credits
  • International Politics of the Middle East 15 credits
  • Rough Politics

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A-level: BBB
  • BTEC: DDM
  • International Baccalaureate: Three HL subjects with 655 
  • Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
  • Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
  • European Baccalaureate: 75%
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14330 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14330 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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