Management with Chinese Studies BA


Fact file - 2018 entry

Management with Chinese Studies | BA Hons
UCAS code
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
GCSE maths, 5 or above
IB score
34; 18 at Higher Level
Course location
Course places
40 places across N2T1, N2R1 and N2R4


Serving as an excellent foundation for a wide range of business and management careers, this course provides you with a thorough and fully integrated education in the theory and practice of business management and the economy of China.
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You will learn to understand the way in which organisations operate in an increasingly competitive and complex global environment.

This course also includes the opportunity to take modules in Chinese studies, learn Mandarin and spend a year abroad at our China campus.

It is based on the structure of our BSc Management, with core accounting modules removed and four Asian/Chinese studies modules added per year of study.

You do not need any previous language experience and Mandarin language study is not compulsory after year one. The wide range of modules and the opportunity to study a language will prepare you for a number of careers.

Year one

The first year serves as a broad foundation to the study of a range of business disciplines and typically includes core modules in entrepreneurship, organisational studies, business economics, marketing, managing operations and quantitative analysis as well as an introduction to contemporary China and to business and the economy of China. You will also study the Mandarin language.

Year two

You will spend your second year at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. The second year typically includes core modules in strategic management, human resource management, marketing, economic policy, technology and organisation, and Chinese studies.

Year three

The final year includes core modules in strategic management, human resource management, international business, business ethics and Chinese studies. You will also take part in a sustainable business challenge and choose optional modules.

Key facts

  • We are one of the UK's leading centres for management education, part of an elite group of global EQUIS accredited business schools
  • We offer development and employability programmes that bring you closer to top employers, including Deloitte, HSBC, PwC and Unilever
  • You may have the opportunity to study abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia or in locations such as Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB excluding general studies, critical thinking, and citizenship studies

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 5 or above, unless taking it at A level

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.

International applicants

We welcome students from all over the world and have a dedicated International Office that offers guidance and advice for international applicants.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

View the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

The Business School has accreditation agreements with the:

All applicants who are made an offer are invited to visit the Business School and meet members of staff and students at our offer holder events.

The school does not normally interview candidates; our offers are made on the basis of the information contained in your UCAS application. We welcome applications from mature candidates and consider academic and professional backgrounds on an individual basis. We also consider other qualifications in addition to those listed above.



Please note: The structure detailed below is based on 2017 modules and is likely to change for 2018 entry; updates will be added when they are available.

Typical year one modules

Core modules

Business Economics

This module introduces you to the microeconomic theory of the market and the firm. Topics covered include:

  • market demand
  • supply and equilibrium
  • firm production and costs
  • market structure
  • perfect competition
  • monopolistic competition
  • oligopoly
  • monopoly
  • consumer theory and market failure
Consumers and Markets

This module will cover the ways in which marketing and consumption drive business and shape society. It will provide an historical perspective, consider marketing professions and leadership within organisational contexts, and examine contemporary environments for marketing and consumption with particular attention to globalisation, innovation (including the transformative force of new technologies), and ethical and sustainability issues.

Entrepreneurship and Business

The module presents a formal analysis of entrepreneurship in theory and practice leading on to a consideration of creativity and business concept generation. The module concludes with the practical application of these theories and concepts in business planning and business concept presentation.

Introduction to Business and Economy of China

This module intends to provide the fundamental knowledge of China's economic transformation and business development. It assists you to establish an understanding of issues including economic strategies, industrial sector transformation, investment, trade and business management.

Introduction to Contemporary China

This is an introductory course designed to provide you with an overview of contemporary China and help you establish a foundation of knowledge and skills to pursue more advanced studies of China in your later years of study.

The module examines the following topics since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, though particular attention is paid to the changes in China since 1978:

  • The Chinese economy
  • Chinese politics
  • Social policy
  • Security and foreign relations
  • China's increasing activities and engagements with the world
  • Chinese media and the Chinese internet
  • Civil society and state society relations
  • Taiwan and cross-Strait relations
Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise

The module provides an integrated overview of operations management and information systems and covers:

  • key technology trends: web 2.0, cloud, mobile computing
  • manufacturing systems design and management (process choice, layout, location)
  • service operations design and management
  • balancing capacity and demand
  • information systems analysis and design
  • operations planning and control, including inventory management
  • operations excellence, lean thinking and business process re-engineering
  • supply chain design and management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • business Intelligence and analytics

This module covers:

  • post-elementary grammatical structures and phonology of Mandarin Chinese
  • writing notes, simple letters and diary
  • more diverse basic vocabulary for social and everyday situations
  • more sophisticated language skills for post-beginners of the language in communication
  • cultural knowledge and related vocabulary
Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage you to develop an understanding of managing and developing people within business organisations.

The module will draw its primary material from the major theorists and theories of both organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. The module will also develop links with other aspects of the business school curriculum such as general management and international business.

Quantitative Analysis for Business

This module provides a grounding in practical aspects of quantitative analysis with an emphasis on understanding and analysis of data. You will learn to apply statistical techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business problems as well as develop skills in the use of spreadsheets for statistical analysis and in interpreting statistical results.

A group project forms part of the assessment allowing you to improve your team working and management skills. 

Work and Society

The module explores the nature of work and society. The module will look at the development of our understanding of work and society. The development of the industrial and the post-industrial society will be explored and its impact on the nature of work, organisation and management.

There will be a historical and critical review of the schools of thought and key writers. Examples of research into individual and group experiences of work, organisation and management will be discussed.


Plus 10 credits of approved optional modules.

Optional modules

Insurance in a Risky World

The module examines how insurance markets operate to satisfy commercial and individual customers' demand for protection against risk, and would usually include:

  • introduction to insurance
  • private and social insurance
  • the historical development of insurance
  • why buy property/liability insurance
  • why buy life, health and pensions insurance
  • the supply of insurance
  • Lloyd's and the London Insurance Market
  • how is insurance distributed to consumers
  • the role of insurance in the economy
  • international aspects of insurance
  • insurance and catastrophes
Managing Tourism and the Environment: Conflict or Consensus

The module will examine and explore:

  • the interactions between and the management of tourism and the environment from the perspective of key stakeholders including business, government, non-governmental organisations, tourist and local communities
  • the emergence of environmentally concerned consumers and the implications of different environmental paradigms for tourism development
  • debates surrounding the environmental and economic impacts of tourism to highlight the potential for both conflict and consensus
  • the role played by pressure groups in influencing tourism development and the emergence of nature/eco-tourism will also be examined

The module will draw heavily on case study analysis of specific tourism/environmental interactions to highlight general principles surrounding the environmentally sensitive development of tourism destinations. These case studies will include developed nation destinations (eg UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand) and developing country destinations (eg Amazon, Africa), islands and the Polar Regions.

New Venture Creation

New Venture Creation will engage you in the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity, in terms of creating new businesses and entrepreneurship within the corporate environment. You will become prepared for enterprise activity across a variety of contexts. 


Typical year two modules

Spent at the University's China Campus.

Core modules

Contemporary Economic Policy

This module introduces you to the nature and scope of the macroeconomic policy agenda, and develops the analytical frameworks necessary for the evaluation of policy instruments. The module enables you to understand the economic arguments that underlie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments. 

Human Resource Management

The module looks at theories of HRM, recruitment and selection, reward, training and development, performance appraisal and broader contextual issues.

Marketing Management

This module is designed to focus on the strategic and operational aspects of marketing management. It will examine:

  • understanding the marketing concept
  • the role of marketing within business and its contribution to business performance and enhancing value
  • developing marketing strategy
  • segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • managing the marketing mix
  • planning and implementation
Strategic Management: Content and Analysis

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • the concept of strategy
  • environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • corporate strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • the alignment of strategy and structure
  • growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances
Technology and Organisation

This module considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the use of information systems. Topics include different ways to understand the relationship between technology and organisation and implications of technology for knowledge management and other management areas.


Plus 30 credits of approved optional business modules and 40 credits of Chinese studies modules.

Optional modules

Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

The current business climate demands that companies, large or small, develop the capability to anticipate and respond to changes in their external environment. These changes may represent opportunities or threats for companies.

Entrepreneurship has been viewed as a means through which economic actors identify and pursue such opportunities. It is often assumed that large, established organisations are constrained by bureaucracy and are not as flexible and entrepreneurial as new small firms. There are, however, several examples of large companies (such as Sony, 3M and IBM), which have been able to create and sustain a competitive advantage by being consistently innovative and entrepreneurial. This module explores entrepreneurship in larger companies. Corporate entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurial behaviour inside established mid-sized and large organisations.

Economics of Innovation

In this module, you will cover:

  • innovation in the history of economic thought
  • basic concepts in the economics of innovation
  • intellectual property
  • economics of networks
  • standards and dominant designs
  • the entrepreneur
  • innovation, demand and consumption
  • clusters
  • innovation and the division of labour
  • innovation, competitiveness and trade
  • innovation, growth and wealth creation
  • policy for innovation
Inter Faculty Mandarin Chinese 2A

This module assumes a basic knowledge of the language at approximately GCSE standard - it is, however, recognised that the GCSE may have been taken several years ago and the courses are designed to revise and develop basic structures. The four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing are expanded to enable participation in discussions with reasonable fluency and accuracy.

The Rise of Modern China

This module covers the history of China from the 1840s, through to the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. It looks at social, cultural, political and economic developments in this period from a variety of angles and approaches.

The module focuses in particular on the ways in which Chinese society responded to the arrival of 'modernity' in the form of the Western powers and Japan throughout the period in question, but also how different groups in China tried to remould or redefine China as a 'modern' nation-state and society.

Social Change and Public Policy in China's Reform Era

This module examines major public policy programs since the beginning of the reform and opening up in the 1978 in the areas of education, environment, media and communications, health, population, labour, ethnicity, along with social changes and their consequences for people's livelihoods.

In addition to exploring the content, evolution and effects of policy in these areas, the module will examine how policies are made and implemented. Lectures will introduce substantive issues and the appropriate theoretical frameworks for making sense of developments on the ground while seminars will help students to understand the impacts of these policies and the social changes accompnaying them.


Typical year three modules

Core modules

Business Ethics

This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility (BE&SR). The module will consist of two parts.

The first part will address the concept of business ethics, a discussion of citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation and sustainability. It will also look at the normative nature of ethical theories, how business ethics has evolved and prescriptions from theoretical frameworks as to how business should be managed.

The second part of the module will address the issues, impacts of business on individual stakeholder groups and analyse business ethics and social responsibility in relation to each group.

Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management

This module introduces you to key contemporary debates and practices, giving you a chance to engage with these debates and practices. You will gain an understanding of the human resource management approaches managers take as you grapple with the challenges of the global economy and a demanding and diverse workforce within an international context.

International Business

Topic covered include:

  • environment
  • theory of multinational enterprises
  • entry strategies
  • international leadership
  • operating in international markets
Strategic Management: Process and Practice

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • the concept of strategy
  • environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • corporate strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • the alignment of strategy and structure
  • growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances
Sustainable Business Challenge

This module simulates the challenges of running a large business and meeting the demands of stakeholders. Teams of students will play the role of the senior management team of a large UK corporation, and must deliver strategic change and react to tactical issues that unfold during the module. Each group will deliver responses to a series of unfolding challenges from customers, media, regulators, and other prominent stakeholders.


Plus 30 credits of approved optional business modules and 40 credits of Chinese studies modules.

Optional modules

Behavioural Economics and Finance

In this module, the aim is to provide you with an understanding of methods, results and models of behavioural economics and behavioural finance. We will talk about experiments and their importance in several fields. Within this context we will cover topic such as: how to design an experiment, asset markets, labour markets, social dilemmas, bargaining, contests, behavioural finance, market structure and risk. You will learn how to design your own experiment and how to interpret empirical results.

Studying this module should contribute to your knowledge and understanding of markets. How humans behave in markets will be the major topic. Further, the module will help to develop the ability to think critically and be creative, the ability to solve complex problems and make decisions, the ability to use information and knowledge effectively as well as quantitative skills.

In addition, the module should develop practical skills such as the ability to conduct research into business and management issues through research design, synthesis and reporting and key transferrable skills including listening, effective oral and written communication of complex ideas and arguments, critical self-reflection, self-management and time management.

Inter Faculty Mandarin Chinese 3A

This module develops the speaking and productive skills of language learning to enable you to function effectively at an intermediate level. The module stresses the productive skills, particularly spoken and written ones. Teaching through the medium of the target language is the norm. 

Inter Faculty Mandarin 4B

This module develops the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing to enable you to gather and process information accurately and quickly through discussion, from radio and TV and from written sources.

Marketing and Society

An overview of marketing and society, macro-marketing issues, responsible and sustainable marketing, consumer response to marketing activities, marketing's impact on society and consumption.

Marketing Services

The module is designed to develop an understanding of the special context and techniques of the marketing of services. It is designed for those who recognise the crucial role that services play in the economy and its future.

The advanced economies of the world are now dominated by services, and virtually all companies view service as critical to establishing and retaining competitive advantage regardless of whether they market physical products, which all have a service element, or pure services. This module explores frameworks for understanding the nature and characteristics of services and the effective marketing of them.

Media and Communications in Globalising China

Media systems are critically important in any modern political system, and this module leads you directly to the heart of understanding how the media relates to contemporary society and politics in the People's Republic of China.

It introduces you to the unprecedented transformation in contemporary Chinese media and communication in the context of economic reforms, development of new media technologies and globalisation.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Changing structure and function of the media and communications in China
  • The impact of a socialist market economy on the media industry
  • Negotiation and accommodation between the Party and the media industry
  • The advancement of new media technologies, esp. that o fthe Internet, and its implications
  • The impact of internationalisation of media for China
  • The rise of Chinese media and the global flow of information
  • China's expansion of overseas communications for the promotion of its soft power

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Year abroad

The University of Nottingham has one of the most extensive and diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, and those who have studied abroad often say that it was the highlight of their time as a student.

This course includes a year abroad at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. The year abroad is an essential part of this course as it allows you to experience the Chinese culture and practise your Mandarin skills, as well as providing you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability.

Transferring to Ningbo for my second academic year was an invaluable opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and experience a new culture. It taught me to be very independent and opened my eyes to the world and to travel, allowing me to visit numerous Chinese provinces and Asian countries that I would not have seen otherwise. I was also able to improve my Mandarin Chinese which has helped me to secure a graduate job.

Natali Dragic, Management with Chinese Studies BA



The Business School's careers and recruitment service provides targeted and bespoke support to help steer you onto a career path of your choice. You will have opportunities to network with top employers throughout your degree, with many of these companies choosing to sponsor prizes for the highest-performing students in different years of study or particular subjects.

Average starting salary and career progression

92.7% of undergraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,875 with the highest being £50,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


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