BA Portuguese and Chinese / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our BA Portuguese and Chinese joint honours course will give you a grounding in writing, speaking and understanding the Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese languages.

Language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which European and Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese are spoken, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

With placement options available at partner universities and in professional environments in Chinese- and Portuguese-speaking countries, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience.

Special features

Residence abroad

You can  study and/or work  for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your communicative language skills in a native-speaker environment.

Palaver Festival

Palaver Festival , a collaboration with the neighbouring Contact Theatre, offers you the opportunity to explore links between language and performance across a range of genres including literature, theatre, dance and more.

Collaborations and partnerships

The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:

  • Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
  • HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
  • Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.

Societies

The University is home to over 30 international and language-related  student societies  offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences, including the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Student Society.

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.

For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.

The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • written and oral examinations;
  • presentations;
  • coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
  • in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.

Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.

Course content for year 1

You will study 60 credits from each discipline.

Chinese

  • All Year 1 students take the core unit Introduction to Chinese Studies, plus language. Students on a single honours degree also take units in Chinese culture, literature and history, and then choose from a range of optional units.

Portuguese

  • Students take a compulsory Portuguese language component - either for beginners, or for those with an A-level (or equivalent).
  • Students also explore the Portuguese-speaking cultures and colonial history of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and Goa.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Chinese Studies CHIN10050 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 1 CHIN51011 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 2 CHIN51022 20 Mandatory
Introduction to the Cultures of the Lusophone World SPLA10130 20 Mandatory
Study Project (Portuguese) SPLA10600 20 Mandatory
Portuguese Language 1 SPLA52010 20 Mandatory
Portuguese Language 2 SPLA52020 20 Mandatory
Portuguese Language 3 SPLA52030 20 Mandatory
Modern Chinese Literature CHIN12122 20 Optional
Chinese Language 3 CHIN51031 20 Optional
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 20 Optional
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51051 10 Optional
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51062 10 Optional
Chinese Language 7 CHIN51071 10 Optional
Chinese Language 8 CHIN51082 10 Optional
Modern China: from the Opium Wars to the Olympic Games HIST10151 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

You may choose to study up to two thirds from either discipline or maintain equal weighting.

Chinese

  • In addition to continuing your study in Chinese language you may choose to develop your studies of China via a choice of courses in areas across the Humanities faculty such as literature, film, history, religion, society, culture, economics, anthropology and business, as well as begin to prepare for residence abroad.

Portuguese

  • You follow a compulsory Portuguese language course, building on your skills in the written and spoken language.
  • You take options in the cultures and literatures of Portugal and Brazil and/or a free choice option in another related subject.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Chinese Language 3 CHIN51031 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51051 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51062 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 7 CHIN51071 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 8 CHIN51082 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 10 Mandatory
Brazilian Literature SPLA20832 20 Mandatory
Portuguese Language 4 SPLA52040 20 Mandatory
Visual Cultures in China and East Asia CHIN22521 20 Optional
Introduction to Classical Chinese CHIN28572 20 Optional
Transnational Chinese Cinemas DRAM20021 20 Optional
Late Imperial China: From the Jesuits to the East India Company HIST20422 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
Study Project (Portuguese) SPLA10600 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 16 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Your third year of study is  spent abroad  under approved conditions.

Course content for year 4

You may choose to divide your studies equally between both languages or study up to two thirds from either language.

Chinese

  • You can select from various modules from Chinese studies in religion, historical, cultural and social science areas.
  • The language teaching programme continues to develop skills such as reading and writing Chinese, and includes work on interpreting and on translation as practical skills.

Portuguese

  • You take a compulsory language component reflecting the Portuguese you were exposed to in year 3.
  • You take options on the Amazon (travel writing, literature, film, current affairs) and Portuguese cinema and/or a free choice option in another subject.
  • Or you can choose to research and write a 12,000-word dissertation with one-to-one supervision from an academic member of staff. (You may not do a dissertation in both Chinese AND Portuguese).

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Portuguese Language 5 SPLA52050 20 Mandatory
Dissertation in Chinese Studies CHIN30000 40 Optional
The Environment in Chinese Literature and Film CHIN30242 20 Optional
Business Chinese CHIN38682 20 Optional
Languages-Based Project 1 CHIN38771 10 Optional
Language-Based Project 2 CHIN38772 10 Optional
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 10 Optional
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 10 Optional
Additional Chinese for Final Year Students CHIN51111 0 Optional
China & the West: From the Opium War to the Olympic Games HIST31201 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

Residence Abroad Support We offer dedicated financial support packages of up to £2,000 for residence abroad students, based on household income. You will be automatically assessed for this, based on your Student Finance finance assessment - you just need to make sure you apply for a financial assessment in the academic year in which your residence abroad will take place.

RWS Brode Scholarship You may be eligible for this scholarship if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • Your qualifications were achieved at a state-funded school in the UK
  • your total household income does not exceed £60K (as verified by the Student Loan Company)
  • You achieve high marks in your A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), usually AAB or above
  • You apply to (and remain on) either a single honours Language programme, or a dual-language programme

Awards will be made according to a sliding scale, benefitting those who have the achieved the highest marks, whilst being from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.  Again, you will be automatically assessed for this, after you have registered on your degree programme. You simply need to make sure you allow the University access to your records when applying for your Student Loan (we cannot otherwise assess your eligibility).

Facilities

The  University Language Centre  is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.

The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.

Learn more on the  Facilities  page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk