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Mandarin Chinese

Tourists in Beijing's Forbidden Palace

Chinese is spoken by about 1.6 billion people, with one fifth of the world's population now using it as their mother tongue. Chinese has become more and more popular for language learners, and with the economic development of China and its overseas investments, speakers of Chinese are in high demand. Knowledge of the language can help you in a government career, but it will also be of benefit in business and in industries such as engineering, medical, and in the non-profit and international relations sectors. Speaking Chinese can help you build relationships with people in China and overseas Chinese communities. 

Chinese modules for 2022/23 are offered at Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

They can be taken for credit or not-for-credit. Modules with 44 taught classroom hours are worth 15 credits, those with 88 taught classroom hours are worth 30 credits. Check your level.

Most of our modules are year-long. Intensive modules (two sessions @ 2 hours a week) can also be taken over one semester only. In academic year 2022/23, all language modules are taught in-person, on the Mile End campus. 

Registration for year-long modules is closed, but a small range of modules is offered for Semester 2 (January - April 2023) - please see below. Registration for these as non-credit bearing options is now open. The full range of levels will be offered again from September 2023.

Chinese Language and Culture 1a

  • Module Code: LAN4083 (credit) / LAN4086B (non-credit)
  • Level: Beginner
  • Schedule: Semester 2 Intensive, 23rd January – 14th April 2023
  • Hours: 44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study
  • Semester 2 Timetable: Mon 4-6pm (Bancroft 1.08) and Wed 4-6pm (Bancroft: Language Lab 1) (note: day & time has changed!)

Chinese Language and Culture 1b

  • Module Code: LAN4082 (credit) / LAN4087 (non-credit)
  • Level: Elementary
  • Schedule: Semester 2 Intensive, 23rd January – 14th April 2023
  • Hours: 44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study
  • Semester 2 Timetable: Tue 1-3pm (Bancroft G.07) and Thu 2-4pm (Bancroft 1.09)

Chinese Language and Culture 2b

  • Module Code: LAN5082 (credit) / LAN5087 (non-credit)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Schedule: Semester 2 Intensive, 23rd January – 14th April 2023
  • Hours: 44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study
  • Semester 2 Timetable: Mon 2-4pm and Fri 4-6pm

Please note that in some cases there may be changes to days/times or venue prior to the start of teaching. Any changes will be updated on this website.

Studying Mandarin at QMUL has been a truly enriching experience. Lessons are fun and interactive, and studying Mandarin has given me the confidence and basic skills to speak to a whole host of patients within the dental school. One notable moment was when a young girl turned up with her father (who spoke little English) and a translator had not been booked. To everyone’s surprise I was able to have basic communication with the father, asking his name and number to fill in forms and advising him on dates of further appointments. Being told I had made someone’s day, in an environment where they would not have been able to understand anyone, was particularly special!
— Tallulah Hall, BDS Dentistry (2020)
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