Chinese Studies is an arts subject offered by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Maynooth University. It is available in BA Arts Joint Honours (MH101) and also the following degrees including BA Music Technology (MH102), BCL Law and Arts (MH502) and BA International Finance and Economics (MH401). Students can take Chinese Studies either in the three-year BA degree as a major subject or the four-year BA International with the third year spent at one of Maynooth University 's partner universities in Beijing or Shanghai or other cities in China. Students will graduate with a BA Degree awarded by the National University of Ireland or a BA International if they spend a year studying abroad.

The programme is for beginners. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required. In first year students can take Chinese studies with two or three other subjects. In second and third year, Chinese Studies can be carried on as joint honours or as a minor subject in certain programmes.

Further information regarding the Modules can be found in Coursefinder.

Chinese can be taken as an elective module if you are a second year student in certain programmes. The elective module is called CN260 and can be found in Coursefinder. Please also see the following link regarding Elective Modules.

The MA in Chinese Studies aims to provide students who already have a background in Chinese language and culture at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of cultural and literary analysis with particular emphasis on the conflict and communication within the Sinosphere (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and between China and the West. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Chinese languages, literatures and cultures. It also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of Chinese languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to mainland China.

The programme involves two elements: a set of modules (60 ECTS) on which students will be examined in January (30 ECTS) and in May/June (30 ECTS), and a dissertation (Minor Thesis) which students complete after their second semester (30 ECTS).
1. In each semester, students are obliged to take one language module (5 ECTS) and two content modules offered by Chinese Studies.
2. Students have to take three content modules offered by the SMLLC: Research Skills/Research Methodology ML610 (5 ECTS), Introduction to Intercultural Studies GN612A (5 ECTS) and Approaches to Translation Studies ID611 (5ECTS).
3. The Viva Voce Examination (conducted – at least partly – in mandarin Chinese) in early June. Normally, the external examiner, the Head of Chinese Studies and the thesis supervisor will all be present and act as examiners so as to ensure international standards.
4. The minor theses will be supervised by SMLLC full-time members of staff after consultation with the student.


The PhD in Chinese Studies offers research degree opportunities for students with specific interest in the fields of Chinese language, literature and culture. The research profiles of staff members are varied, covering cultural and literary analysis with particular emphasis on: Chinese nationalism and quest for national identity; the conflict and communication between China and the West; China’s sport policy and practice; Chinese martial arts; Chinese Buddhism; comparative philosophy; philosophy in literature.