Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


4 years full-time (including a year in China)


Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

This degree provides intensive Mandarin language tuition, one year at a top Chinese university in Beijing, and analytical sociological skills for you to understand and actively engage in a global world in which China is a major superpower.

Why study BA Sociology & Chinese at Goldsmiths?

  • This interdisciplinary degree gives you the chance to study sociology with a year abroad in China.
  • You’ll explore how societies, cultures and people are formed, organised and develop, alongside specific modules about Chinese culture. By studying both subjects, you’ll cover topics from Chinese literature and philosophy to global development and migration.
  • You’ll learn how to speak and write Mandarin and spend a year in China improving your language skills at a top university in Beijing and experiencing Chinese society and culture first-hand.
  • As part of the Department of Sociology, you’ll be studying in a department that’s ranked in the top 10 in London (Complete University Guide Subject League Tables 2021) and immersed in a research-active community that’s investigating topics from human rights and social justice to inequality and the super-rich.
  • After graduating from Goldsmiths you may be able enrol for one further year of study at Capital Normal University (CNU) in China, leading to the award of a BA in Chinese from this prestigious institution.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Brett St Louis.

What you'll study


The programme runs over four years and is taught jointly by the Confucius Institute and the world-class Department of Sociology. Over three years at Goldsmiths, you will be taught Mandarin and different aspects of Chinese society and culture. You will learn about how societies and cultures are formed and organised. What do we know of the birth and development of the modern state? What is the role of culture in people’s sense of identity and belonging? How do markets, and the control of economies, shape the lives of individuals and societies? How are people and societies formed now, in the context of new media technologies, globalisation, economic control, and military proliferation? And how are these societies now, different from those in the past?

You will engage with these questions and more. 

You will also have the opportunity to live in Beijing for a year and to study at Capital Normal University. While in Beijing, you will continue with your Mandarin training, but you will also be able to experience Chinese society and its varied cultures first-hand. Then, when you return to London in your fourth year, you will have a chance to consolidate that learning by writing a dissertation.

Throughout your studies, the Confucius Institute will provide film nights and various cultural events to complement your learning outside of the classroom. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and experience Chinese culture.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules.

Module title Credits
Mandarin 1 30 credits
Mandarin 2 30 credits
Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
Culture and Society 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In your second year, you will take the following modules.

Module title Credits
Central Issues in Sociological Analysis 15 credits
Sociology of Culture and Communication 15 credits
Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences 15 credits
The Making of the Modern World 15 credits


You must also take two consecutive modules from the following four Mandarin modules. These must follow on consecutively from the Mandarin modules taken in year 1.

Module title Credits
Mandarin 3 30 credits
Mandarin 4 30 credits
Mandarin 5 30 credits
Mandarin 6 30 credits

Year 3

In your third year, you will undertake a year abroad, studying at Capital Normal University, Beijing. This is worth 120 credits.

Year 4

In your fourth year, you will study the following modules.

Module title Credits
Advanced Audio-Visual News Comprehension 15 credits
Advanced Journal Reading 15 credits
Advanced Practical Writing 15 credits
Contemporary Chinese Issues 15 credits
Dissertation 30 credits

You then choose a range of option modules up to the value of 30 credits. There is a range of option modules available, including:

Module title Credits
Sociology of Visuality 15 credits
Sociologies of Emerging Worlds 15 credits
Citizenship and Human Rights 15 credits
Global Development and Underdevelopment 15 credits
Race, Racism and Social Theory 15 credits
Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture 15 credits
Medicine, Culture and Critique 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 100% placement
  • Year 4 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, and unseen written, listening and oral exams.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 33% coursework, 48% written exam, 20% practical
  • Year 2 - 8% coursework, 73% written exam, 20% practical
  • Year 3 - Year abroad
  • Year 4 - 60% coursework, 26% written exam, 14% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2020/21. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 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

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17560

The fee for your year abroad will be different to that listed above. Please contact the Fees Office for details.

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.



During the degree you will develop a strong understanding of Mandarin and its relationship to people, cultural identity and cultural forms, and social organisation, including state formation, global marketization, and forms of neo and post-imperialism. As the world is becoming more global, and with China poised as a major superpower, there needs to be more people with an understanding of the social and cultural impact, benefits and problems that this can create.


The knowledge of Mandarin will benefit graduates by opening doors to a wider international employment market.

After graduating from Goldsmiths, you may be able enrol for one further year of study in China and, upon passing the additional year at Capital Normal University in Beijing, this will lead to the award of a BA in Chinese from this prestigious institution. Students who successfully complete the programme have the possibility of seeking financial awards for postgraduate study in China.

Sociologists enter careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This could be jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, the voluntary sector, management, the creative industries, marketing and policy.

You can read more about career options on our Sociology careers pages and by checking out options for Sociology employability. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student work

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