Business Management and Chinese BA (Hons)

Business Management and Chinese BA (Hons)

School of Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: 4 years, including a year abroad in China. Part Time: 6-8 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    NT1C; Short form: BA/IntBusC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Are you looking for a distinctive course that combines the study of business with Chinese language and culture? This degree incorporates practical elements, providing students with the opportunity to live and study in China, in addition to work experience within an international company. It is the only degree course with a compulsory overseas internship. It draws on the close links which the University has with institutions in China and with industry in both China and the UK to provide work placements, industrial visits and guest lecturers.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 Points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course with 30 level three units at distinction
International Baccalaureate : 28P
IELTS : grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs : 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112-128 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Access HE with 112-128 UCAS points
IELTS grade 6 & no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent. Foreign Language at grade C is desirable or a knowledge of Mandarin.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Beginners Chinese Language: Literacy
  • Beginners Business Chinese Conversation
  • An Introduction to Contemporary China
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Management & Organisational Functions
  • Financial and Management Accounting for Managers

Year 2

  • Intermediate Chinese: Literacy
  • Intermediate Business Chinese Conversation
  • A 'Preparation for Year Abroad' module
  • The Multi-national Enterprises and Cross-cultural Management
  • Marketing Principles for Business
  • Managing Personnel & Human Resources

Year 3

  • The 3rd year of the programme is a placement in China. The first half of the year is spent studying at one of the partner institutions we have all across China, while the second half is spent on a work placement.

Year 4

  • Advanced Chinese
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting
  • Understanding Chinese Economy and Society
  • International Strategic Management
  • Dissertation
  • An optional module, from HRM, Marketing, Accounting, Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region, Cultural and Business, and UK-China Business Creation.

Further Information

As the world's second largest and fastest growing economy, the largest exporter and second largest importer, China increasingly drives world business and politics. This course will develop your academic, cultural, linguistic and economic relationships with the rising superpower.

This is an innovative and distinctive course that provides an integrated mix of the study of business, and Chinese language and culture. It combines areas of strength and expertise within the School of Languages and International Studies and the Lancashire Business School and draws on the close links which the University has with institutions in China and with industry in both China and the UK, making use of work placements, industrial visits and guest lecturers.

The first year of study assumes no prior knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin). Students who have already learnt some Chinese will be assessed and placed at a higher level if appropriate. Further study of Chinese language in Year 2, together with the study of business and Chinese society throughout Year 1 and Year 2 provides you with the skills required to spend Year 3 of the programme in China on study and work placements. The final year of the programme enables you to develop a range of language skills required in a business setting, and to develop your understanding of strategic decision-making, management issues and the role that these play in the survival and competitiveness of the global firm.

Extensive extracurricular activities, ranging from weekly tutorial and lectures, Chinese cinema club, calligraphy and taiji classes, Chinese brush painting, Chinese New Year celebration, and a guest speaker every month.


My course at UCLan was central to my success in gaining a job at WPP Agency. It is, in my opinion, the best-designed BA course in the United Kingdom in which to study International Business and Chinese language and culture, offering significant time in China, including the opportunity for work experience.

Natasha Taylor



The course includes an intensive summer study tour in Beijing at the end of Year 1 and a full year abroad at the end of Year 2, supported by the Confucius Institute and our extensive links with China. The year abroad consists of two parts: a study placement at a Chinese university, and a work placement where you will join an international company operating in China.

You can choose to study at any Chinese university for your year abroad, we offer Confucius Institute full scholarships, below is a list of universities we’ve placed our students with awarded scholarships:

Universities we have also placed our students in the past:

Other partners in China

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

This programme incorporates practical elements by drawing on the close links which the University has with institutions and industries in both China and the UK, making use of international work placements, industrial visits and guest lecturers.

Examples of past placements include:

  • Hill & Knowlton in Shanghai (PR)
  • Mercedes Benz in Beijing (Sales)
  • DB Schenker in Beijing (Logistics)
  • RedStar Times Media in Qingdao (Media)
  • Sinoconcept in Qingdao (Sourcing)
  • Heilongjiang Life Radio in Haerbin (Broadcasting host)
  • Central Plastics Co., Ltd. In Tianjin (Business Development)
  • Shanghai SIP Engineering Consulting Ltd

Learning Environment and Assessment

The learning methods may include lectures, seminars, group work, individual presentations and research, role play situation, mock interviews and live project work. We offer generous contact hours, with 10 hours a week on Chinese modules, and extra 2 hours free tutorial led by the Confucius Institute tutors.

The methods of assessment vary with each course module and include coursework, examinations, project work and seminar presentations.

To ensure the course is intellectually stimulating, research informed teaching is applied throughout the modules by drawing on staff’s expertise and their own research interests. For example, new topics were recently introduced about the emerging ‘China’s Culture Diplomacy’, and new modules were developed to reflect the rapid change in China such as ‘Understanding Chinese Economy and Society’.

The course leader of the programme is Sunny Xin Liu. Other staff members include: Jiayi Wang, Guanyu Huang and Stuart Horrocks.


You could move on to a variety of successful careers in international business, consultancy, translation/ interpreting, or worldwide teaching. You’ll strengthen your CV and enhance your employability through your work placement abroad and further opportunities through the Worldwise Learning Centre. The specialist options and dissertation provide a firm foundation for further study on MA, MPhil/PhD or MBA courses.

We’re working with professional agencies to secure you placements. During your study you’ll also have opportunities to do shadowing in a local company that has a joint venture in China. Extra study trips to China are also on offer and are organised by the UCLan Confucius Institute

Our graduates are currently enjoying careers in many international organisations including positions like Advertising Account Executive at JWT, the world's best-known marketing communications brand; Research Analyst at China-Britain Business Council based in Shanghai; HR consultant at Audi China based in Beijing; Digital Marketing Executive at Soap Media in Manchester, Lead Asia Trainer at Logica; International Business Manager at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics; Head of Corporate Contracts at Quintessentially Lifestyle in Dubai; IPO Supervisor at Bruker in Shanghai, editor for China Daily in Beijing,teaching position at British school in Guangzhou and Chongqing.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate taught Masters; our programmes include: MA Interpreting and Translation. For those of you who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD), please visit Research.


You will study using the latest industry-standard equipment in our professional interpreting suites. You will have access to our state of the art Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available to you on an open access basis. You can study additional languages using the digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.

The Worldwise Learning Centre offers a varied programme of activities designed to give students global experiences on campus and there are bursaries available to support short trips abroad during your time with us. Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers five-day work experience placements and short-term internships for graduates and final year students.