Diploma in Chinese Studies

 R3/0232/4/0001 (A9858) 03/29
Course Duration: 2 Years 3 Months

The Department of Chinese Studies at Southern University College is the pioneer of Chinese Studies department approved by the Malaysia Ministry of Education, preceeding all other Chinese community-funded universities in Malaysia. The objective of the Diploma in Chinese Studies programme is to foster the interest in Chinese Studies among 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 the Malaysian Chinese literature and Malaysian culture into the framework of the programme.

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Ancient Texts
  • Chinese Philology 
  • Chinese Phonology 
  • Critical Interpretation of Ancient Texts 
  • Classical Chinese 
  • History of Chinese Literature I 
  • History of Chinese Literature II 
  • Readings in Pre-Qin and Han Literature 
  • Readings in Wei-Jin-Nan-Bei-Chao Literature 
  • Readings in Tang and Song Literature 
  • Ming and Qing Novels 
  • Introduction to Literature


  • Modern Chinese 
  • Modern Chinese Literature 
  • Contemporary Chinese Literature 
  • Chinese Literature in Malaysia 
  • Survey of Chinese History I 
  • Survey of Chinese History II 
  • History of Malaysian Chinese 
  • The Analects of Confucius 
  • History of Chinese Philosophy 
  • Chinese Calligraphy 
  • Chinese Teaching Method 


  • The Book of Songs (Shi Jing) 
  • Chi Ci 
  • Shi Ci Xuan 
  • Introduction to Linguistics 
  • Zuo Zhuan 
  • The Book of History (Shi Ji) 
  • The Book of Changes (Yi Jing) 
  • Mencius 


  • The Thought of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi 
  • Han Fei Zi 
  • Introduction to Chinese Culture
  • Society and Culture of Malaysian Chinese 
  • Research Method/ Graduation Thesis I 
  • Research Method/ Graduation Thesis II 
  • General English / Communicative English 

Career Opportunities

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

Entry Requirement

  • SPM/ O-Level: With a minimum of 3 credits including Chinesee; OR,
  • UEC: With at least a Grade B in 3 subjects including Chinese; OR
  • Certificate: A certificate in a related field; OR
  • Others: Any other recognized equivalent qualifications.
  • English Competency requirement for International Student: A minimum score of 4.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Band 2 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET) or its equivalent.

Other Related Courses

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