The past few decades have seen China expand and evolve into one of the world's biggest economies. This exciting degree will allow you to learn Chinese from scratch and gain an understanding of economic issues in business and society.
Core modules will build your language skills from beginners' level, although we can usually accommodate you if you already have some knowledge of Chinese. You'll also cover the history, theory and mathematical background of economics.
Beyond this, you'll be able to choose from an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects, covering different aspects of economics as well as the literature, cinema, social issues, politics and history of China and the East Asia region.
From the economics of transport and labour to East Asian religions, Chinese visual culture and Sino-Japanese relations, our degrees offer a wide variety of choice. This degree is a great opportunity to gain a broad base of skills and get to know a fascinating culture.
With over fifty years of acquisitions, the Chinese collection housed in the beautiful Brotherton Library is one of the best collections of modern Chinese books in the country. The University Library also has impressive holdings of books in English about China, backed up by a wide range of digital materials.
As well as our great library resources, Leeds has state-of-the-art facilities to support language students. Our fully equipped Language Centre includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
If you're interested in translation studies, we offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. What's more, if you'd like to explore a career in interpreting you can get a taste of this in our Interpreter Training Suites.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year you'll take intensive language classes to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese alongside core modules in economic theory and history. You'll also improve your mathematical skills and choose from optional modules exploring Chinese history and the religious traditions of East Asia.
Ultimately this year will equip you with language skills and cultural understanding as preparation for the following year, when you'll study at a Chinese university. You'll come back with improved Chinese skills, a new perspective and insight into life in China, which you can bring to the rest of your studies.
Over the final two years of your degree, you'll take advanced language classes and continue to explore topics such as macroeconomics and microeconomics. But you'll also benefit from a diverse selection of optional modules in both subjects - from Chinese business, fiction and drama to Japanese international relations, via environmental economics and international trade. You'll also demonstrate the research and analytical skills you've acquired in your own independent research project.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
GCSE: 7/A in Mathematics and 4/C in a foreign language
A Joint Honours degree in Chinese and Economics will equip you with fluency in a major world language, as well as cultural awareness and an in-depth understanding of economic issues around the world. All of this can open doors to a wide range of careers in the UK, East Asia and elsewhere.
You'll also have a very broad base of transferable skills. You'll be numerate with analytical, research and teamwork skills, as well as being an excellent communicator. Juggling two subjects will allow you to gain organisational skills, and spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you're independent, confident and adaptable.
This means that graduates are very attractive to employers. They've gone on to work in business and finance, the civil service, management, law, journalism, the media and education. Others have gone onto postgraduate training or specialised training in language-based roles such as translation and interpreting.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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Study abroad and work placements
After your first year you'll have the opportunity to spend a year studying at a university in either mainland China or Taiwan.
You'll take language courses provided by our partner universities, a great opportunity to improve your spoken and written Chinese. But for many, it's the highlight of their course because of the opportunity it gives them to be surrounded by Chinese culture and get a real sense of life in the country.
Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies