Taught course

Chinese Language Learning and Teaching

SOAS University of London · Department of Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Entry requirements

Upper second-class or equivalent in a BA in a relevant discipline (Linguistics or Applied Linguistics), or a BA in another discipline including some relevant units, or relevant professional qualifications (for example, a diploma-level teaching qualifications or exceptional and documented experience in language teaching). A BA in non-Linguistics discipline can be compensated by relevant units in (applied) linguistics study units OR a diploma-level teaching qualification (like SOAS Language Centre's PG Diploma in Teaching Chinese) but an applicant does not have to have both. Native or native-like proficiency in Chinese is required.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are pursuing intensive research-related and practice-related training for a career in Chinese language learning or teaching, this programme offers a firm grounding in theory and practice of language learning and teaching; as well as in research methods.

You will study general areas of linguistic inquiry (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse structure, if you have not previously studied linguistics). You will also study how linguistic inquiry informs second language acquisition and language teaching. You will also learn about teaching Chinese in higher education.

By the end of the degree, you will be fully adept at evaluating published materials (e.g. textbooks) and research papers related to Chinese language teaching, conducting pedagogical research, in addition to designing teaching materials and lesson plans.

Information for international students

Information, including English Language requirements, can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for further information on funding: https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700