Diploma in Chinese Studies

Course Duration: 2 Years 3 Months

The Department of Chinese Studies of Southern University College is the pioneer Chinese studies department approved by the Malaysia Ministry of Education ahead of all other Chinese community-funded universities in Malaysia. The objective of the Diploma in Chinese Studies programme is to foster interest in Chinese studies in students at the pre-university level. Our curriculum focuses on the literature, history and philosophy of classical Chinese as well as modern Western humanities. In addition, our department also incorporates Malaysian Chinese literature and Malaysian culture into the framework of the programme.

Core & Compulsory Courses

• Introduction to Literature
• Modern Chinese
• History of Malaysian Chinese
• History of Chinese Literature II
• Readings in Tang and Song Literature
• Contemporary Chinese Literature
• Chinese Philology
• Readings in Wei-Jin-Nan-Bei-Chao Literature
• Modern Chinese Literature
• Critical Interpretation of Ancient Texts
• Chinese Calligraphy
• History of Chinese Philosophy


• Introduction to Ancient Texts
• Survey of Chinese History I
• Chinese Teaching Method
• Readings in Pre-Qin and Han Literature
• Ming and Qing Novels
• Chinese Literature in Malaysia
• Chinese Phonology
• Classical Chinese
• Survey of Chinese History II
• History of Chinese Literature I
• The Analects of Confucius


• Zuo Zhuan
• The Thought of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi
• Introduction to Linguistics
• Research Method/ Graduation Thesis I
Shi Jing
• Mencius
Shi Ji


Yi Jing
• Han Fei Zi
• Introduction to Chinese Culture
• Shi Ci Xuan
• Research Method/ Graduation Thesis II
Society and Culture of Malaysian Chinese
• Chu Ci
• General English / Communicative English

Career Opportunities

• Educator
• Writer
• Reporter
• Translator
• Researcher and Administrator

Entry Requirement

• A pass in SPM/O-Level with minimum of 3 credits including Chinese; or
• UEC with at least Grade B in 3 subjects including Chinese; or
• A Certificate in related field; or
• Any other equivalent recognized qualifications.

Other Related Courses

Doctor of Philosophy (Chinese Studies)
Master of Arts in Chinese Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Chinese Studies