Business Management and Chinese

Business Management and Chinese BA (Hons)

A unique and innovative course that combines the study of business with Chinese language and culture. This degree incorporates practical elements, providing students with the opportunity to study and undertake work experience with an international company in China. By studying this course our students are in the privileged position of having a guaranteed overseas internship. 

Students develop a range of language skills required in a business setting, including business interpreting, and also understanding of contemporary China, its economy and society. The wide range of business modules includes the principles of marketing, financial and human resource management, and international strategic management.

Whilst studying at UCLan our students broaden their understanding of China with funded study tours through our established Confucius Institute partnered with Beijing International Studies University. They provide scholarship opportunities for years abroad in China, and offer various cultural activities and extra academic support such as weekly tutorial and lectures, Chinese cinema club, calligraphy and taiji classes, Chinese folk dance, Chinese New Year celebration, and HSK preparatory lessons.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • The course includes three placements in China, including a work placement with an international company during the third year abroad.
  • Our Confucius Institute is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanban, promoting Chinese culture and language.
  • You will have access to our state-of-the-art learning centre, with interactive video, satellite television, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials.

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

  • Beginners Chinese Language: Literacy
  • Beginners Business Chinese Conversation
  • An Introduction to Contemporary China
  • The Business Environment
  • Introduction to Business Functions


  • 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 and 4

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


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


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Great Industry Links

Our Confucius Institute is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanaban, promoting Chinese culture and language.

Exceptional Opportunities

The course includes three placements in China: A Summer study tour in Beijing, a placement in a Chinese university plus a work placement in an international company during the third year abroad in China.

Case Studies

Read about our past students

Teresa Cousulich

"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
Business Management and Chinese Graduate


Interpreting facilities

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 Humanities, Language and Global Studies and the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise 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 lectures.

The start of the course 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. You will further study Chinese language, together with the study of business and Chinese society which provides you with the skills required to spend a year 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 dance lesson and Chinese New Year celebration.

Your Year abroad

The course includes an intensive summer study tour in Beijing at the end of Year 1/Year 2 if on Foundation and a full year abroad at the end of Year 2/Year 3 if on Foundation, 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:

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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: Liang Hua, Guanyu HuangStuart Horrocks and Douglas Martin.

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


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.

Conference Interpreting Suite

Worldwise Learning Centre


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 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; Executive Assistant as Giorgio Armani Privy based in Paris, co-founder of Edunion based in Preston 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: MBA, MA Interpreting and Translation and MA Asia Pacific Studies. For those of you who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD), please visit Research.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.