Chinese studies

Chinese is the most-spoken language in the world. At St Andrews, Chinese studies focus on the linguistic and cultural entity that is China and the Chinese-speaking world today.

Go beyond language acquisition and be exposed to the breadth and depth of Chinese cultural practices. Chinese studies encompass mainstream, popular and dissident cultures, in all their national, regional, ethnic and diasporic diversity.

Chinese Cantonese Opera actress


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including: 

  • literature 
  • linguistics 
  • cinema 
  • history 
  • gender 
  • identity issues. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.  


First in Scotland and second in the UK for languages and linguistics

Guardian University Guide 2023

83% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)