Skip to main content Skip to navigation


Learning Mandarin will enable you to:

  • Explore Chinese culture, one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, which is over 5000 years old.
  • Engage with Chinese communities worldwide with over 873 million people speaking Mandarin as their mother tongue.
  • Increase your opportunities to work in the world’s second largest economy.
  • Open the way into Chinese politics, history, economy and literature.
  • Be ahead of the game in competing for a job.

Academic Modules

The modules in this programme may be taken for credit as part of your degree study or as a standalone module (for a separate fee). They are also open to postgraduate students and university staff. We offer a range of levels, depending on the language, as well as accelerated options for those who wish to develop their language skills at a faster pace.

Most of our modules are year-long and can therefore be taken for 24 or 30 CATS (determined by your home department).

Lifelong Learning Courses

Courses within this programme may not be taken as part of your degree. They are available to those wishing to learn a language at a more relaxed pace. We offer a wide range of language courses that can take you from beginner through to advanced level, with the majority of the classes timetabled in the evenings.

Upon completion of the course you may be eligible for a certificate awarded by the Language Centre (the eligibility criteria can be found here).