This programme is aimed at undergraduate students from the UK and Europe, North America and Asia with an interest in both contemporary China and Accounting and Finance. It is suitable for UK, EU and international students.
This course offers you the opportunity to combine your study of elements of Accounting and Finance with in-depth study of contemporary China. The options available in the Chinese studies element of the course allow you either to range broadly across various aspects of and disciplinary approaches to contemporary China, drawing on the critical mass of research and teaching expertise in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies in this area.
In the first year of study, you will take 60 credits in modules which serve compulsory modules, then you will take a further of 40 credits in Mandarin if you are non-Chinese speakers, or 30 credits in English and study skills. The remaining 20-30 credits can be chosen from optional modules offered by our School or by the School of Economics and the Business School.
The modules during this year focus more on intermediate level of accounting and finance subjects relating to China, as well as language improvements. You will spend year two at Nottingham's Ningbo Campus if you are non-Mandarin speakers, continuing progression in the study of Mandarin as well as accounting, finance and other relating modules. Chinese students will stay in Nottingham campus continuing year 2 as normal. As part of your research training, you will devise and carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice during the year at Ningbo. Chinese students will be offered the option of spending the full four years studying in Nottingham, rather than spending a year in China, and native speakers of Mandarin will substitute additional optional modules for the compulsory Mandarin modules on the course.
Having established a basis in both contemporary Chinese studies and Accounting and Finance, the third year involves specialised courses on a range of topics.
Year four is made up of postgraduate-level modules; in effect, you take a one-year masters course as part of your overall four-year degree programme. Modules in this final year include Chinese Financial Market Analysis, Managing International Business in China, and Chinese Bank Management. As an alternative to the year four dissertation, students may instead arrange an internship in a Chinese organisation or a company which does business with China and write up this experience in an internship report.
You may be required to study until September in the final year of this course.
A levels: AAB-ABB, A Level Accounting, Economics or Maths preferred.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Notes for applicants
If you are a non-native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, you will spend the second year of your course at our Ningbo Campus in China. For this year, you will pay your tuition fees to Nottingham in the normal way and will be eligible for a China Campus bursary, which is currently £500. If you are a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, you will remain in Nottingham for your second year.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a insight of the modules we offer.
Typical Year One Modules
(Various codes dependant on ability level):
Mandarin modules are available from beginners’ (Level 1) to research (Level 5). Students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level of study. You will study in lectures, seminars and practical sessions of around six hours each week at Beginners’ Level or four hours a week at higher levels.
N.B Students from Peoples Republic of China who are fluent in Mandarin will take English Language and Academic Skills options. There will be around two hours of seminars a week studying these modules.
Introduction to Finance with Application to China
Studying this module will give you a clear and practical introduction to the major themes of finance generally and specific to China. For this module you will have a two-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Introduction to Accounting with Application to China
This module will provide you with an introduction to accounting and the accountancy profession. You will study principles of accounting, including double entry bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements, learning to analyse and interpret financial statements together with other accounting principles and management. There will be one two-hour lecture and one one-hour seminar each week.
Applied Quantitative Methods for Business in China
This module will introduce you to some of the quantitative techniques needed in economic and business analysis. Topics covered will include algebra and functions, linear and non-linear equations, index numbers and optimisation, among others. The focus in this module will be the practical application of techniques rather than the study of maths itself. You will have a mix of lectures and seminars of around three hours per week.
Introduction to Business and Economy of China
This module introduces you to the economy, business, institutions and economically-related political aspects of contemporary China with a focus is on the reform period. You will gain an overview of macro- and micro- economic, institutional and political factors that affect business and development in China, as well as major economic sectors in China. Issues covered include: economic development, economic reform, exports and FDI, the financial and banking system, state and non-state firms, technology, major challenges including income inequalities, and the state’s role in the growth and management of the economy. For this module you will have a two-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Approaches to Contemporary Chinese Studies
This is an introductory course designed to provide students with appropriate study skills, familiarity with resources, an understanding of the methodological approaches used in studying contemporary China, to develop students' understanding of how to use critical approaches to study all aspects of contemporary Chinese society. Topics include: understanding interdisciplinary approaches, presentation skills and essay writing, familiarity with e-learning resources among others. For this module you will have a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Typical Year Two Modules - Ningbo Based Study
N.B Students who are studying Mandarin with this course will spend their Year Two at our Ningbo campus in China.
Those students who are already fluent in Mandarin remain in the UK.
Language Modules (Various codes dependant on ability level):
You will progress to study Mandarin at the next level. You will study in lectures, seminars and practical sessions of around six hours each week at Intermediate Level or four hours a week at higher levels.
The Rise of Modern China
In this module you will study the history of China from the 1840s, through to the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949. You will focus 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. In this module you will have a two-hour lecture each week.
In this module you will be given a theoretical and applied overview of strategic management in today's operational environment. It introduces and analyses the key concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management, which allow them to diagnose complex situations related to real-world business development. For this module you will have a 90-minute lecture and a 90-minute seminar each week.
Management Accounting and Decisions 2
Studying this module will develop your skills in the computational aspects of management accounting and explore the relevance, significance and applicability of such techniques. For this module you will have a 90-minute lecture and 90-minute seminar each week.
Studying this module will give you an introduction to the corporate investment and financing decision as well as the interaction between the investment and financing decision. You will have one 2-hour lecture each week studying this module.
Accounting Information Systems
In the module you will study the use of accounting information systems in financial and management accounting and their control and audit. For this module you will have a weekly seminar, lecture and computing workshop, amounting to five and a half hours each week.
Quantitative Methods 1b
In this module you will learn a variety of principles including economic applications of calculus, confidence intervals and introduction to hypothesis testing. For this module you will have a two-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar each week.
Typical Year Two Modules - UK Based Study
Environment and Development in China 1
The module provides an introduction to the long-term environmental challenges faced by China. We will review the critical issues that China’s successive development policies have given rise to over time. These issues will be studied within the physical, human and regional geography of the country as well as within the context of the political, economic and social changes that China has experienced during the past century. The lectures will address a number of environment and development issues in contemporary China, including air and water pollution, soil degradation, rising energy consumption and its environmental implications, the impact of industrialisation on both the rural and urban environment, the evolution of the environmental legal system, and the rise of environmental activism in China in recent years. In this module you will have one 2-hour lecture each week.
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. For this module you will have a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Chinese Business Law
This module aims to provide an overview of the development of Chinese business law in the context of economic globalization and in particular of China's WTO membership. The module mainly include: Political Economy of Business Regulation in China and China's WTO Membership; Introduction to the Chinese Legal System and Law Making Process; Chinese Contract Law, Law on Business Organizations, Company Law and Corporate Governance in China, Chinese Antimonopoly Law and Intellectual Property Laws. It concludes with discussions on the possible impacts of China's integration into the economic globalization on its domestic business regulation. For this module you will have a two-hour lecture each week.
Accounting in China
This module will be an introduction to accounting and the accountancy profession. You will learn principles of accounting including the preparation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements. For this module you will have one 2-hour lecture each week and one 1-hour seminar each week.
Managerial Finance in China
In this module you will learn to apply corporate financial theory to problems faced by corporate decision makers, and also understand the investment and financial decisions under Chinese financial, legal and regulatory environment. For this module you will have a one 2-hour lecture each week and one 1-hour seminar each week.
Typical Year Three Modules
Mandarin Language is optional in Year Three
Advanced Quantitative Methods and IT Skills for Business
In this module you’ll develop key mathematical, statistical and econometric techniques and learn how to apply them to problems and data. You’ll learn basic skills in the use of econometric software package for model estimation using real world data and interpret the results. You will have two hours of lectures plus either an hour-long seminar or workshop per week.
Chinese Business and Society
In this module you will be introduced to the economic, social, cultural and institutional settings in which businesses operate in China. Possible topics to be covered include: Chinese firms and business groups and internationalization, management business culture, management and business practice, and consumption and regional development. Students will also apply this knowledge to the analysis of business opportunities and risks in contemporary China. For this module you will have one 2-hour lecture each week.
China's Political Economy
This module examines the interaction between politics and economy in China during the economic reform period from 1978 onward. Particular attention will be given to the progress and periods of China’s reform, the political context of major economic policies, reform of major aspects of the economy, evolution of economic institutions, as well as an overview of economic development in China prior to 1978. The module will highlight the role of the political factors and state policies in China’s economy, which is important for a good understanding of the reform and economic development in China. For this module you will have one 2-hour lecture each week.
Introduction to Chinese Financial Markets
In this module you will receive an introduction and overview to the structure of the Chinese banking system, Chinese money, equity and futures markets, and Chinese Regulations. For this module you will have one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week.
Typical Year Four Modules
Research Methods for Business and Finance
By developing a research topic you will learn to carry out a literature review, understand the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods and write a research proposal. Topics include basic data handling, correlation, aspects of regression and hypothesis testing including the dummy variable approach. You will have one 2-hour lecture and a one-hour computing session studying this module.
Managing International Business in China
This module analyses the basic issues of managing international business in contemporary China, including entry mode selection, alliance management, negotiation with Chinese partners, cross-cultural human resource management, cross-cultural marketing, protection of intellectual property rights, and strategic management. You will discuss in the light of the relevant theoretical frameworks and models of international business and management, with reference to current business practices of multinational companies operating in China. You will also examine the context of China's general business environment and specific international business regimes. You will have ten 2-hour lectures, and two 3-hour small group seminars with discussion and group-based activities in the semester.
This year-long module can be taken instead of writing a dissertation. You may be placed in an internship with an organization in China or in the UK during which you will develop, carry out and write up a relevant research project based on the internship, in consultation with your supervisor. You will have five weeks of 2-hour seminars for this module.
This year-long module can be taken instead of embarking on an internship placement, allowing you to choose a topic relating to one of your previous modules for the subject of a substantial piece of research. You will research and carry out the project independently, with the support of an agreed supervisor. Topics should arise from the fields of Chinese Studies or management, business or finance relating to China. You will have a number of individual tutorials throughout the year with your supervisor as well as an introductory one-hour lecture to help you choose a topic.
Chinese Financial Market Analysis
In this module you will learn to apply advanced analytical techniques to financial markets in China and to seek optimal strategies in theory and practices in solving the issues in the markets. You will have one 2-hour lecture and a one-hour computing session studying this module.
You will have combined an in-depth study of China's contemporary economy with an solid and sophisticated understanding of the disciplines of Accounting and Finance and practical experience of working in China. Optional modules allow, to some degree, the further study of the society, business, law, media, culture, politics, geography and history of contemporary China. After four year of inspiring and rigrerous study, you will achieve the specific purpose of this degree, which is to train you not only in China studies, but to equip you with the specific skills required for work in or relating to China today.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 90.9% of first-degree graduates in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,333 with the highest being £24,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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