Business, Economy and Society of Contemporary China

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:12 months
Local:$ 12.3k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 13.8k / Academic year(s) Deadline: May 31, 2021
StudyQA ranking:959

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The MSc in Business, Economy and Society of Contemporary China is an innovative one-year full-time taught programme producing highly skilled graduates best placed to succeed in one of the world’s most dynamic, vibrant and rewarding countries. It has been created to meet the demand from industry and research for graduates who have in-depth knowledge of contemporary China.

The programme is open to both international students and those from the People’s Republic of China and will supply you with the tools you need to develop a rewarding career in a country poised to become the world's biggest economy.

Business decision making is a highly case sensitive process and requires a profound understanding of the environments in which a decision is taken. A successful business education not only teaches students the theories, but also teaches them where to apply them and in what circumstances.

A major advantage of this programme it that it provides total immersion in China while studying in English to the same rigorous high standards as The University of Nottingham in the UK.

The programme will develop students' understanding of the economy, business and work environment of contemporary China; give students first-hand experience of living in China; equip students with the theoretical and methodological skills to carry out successful business and management studies in contemporary China and produce graduates equipped with the intellectual and transferable skills to satisfy their career aspirations and provide a foundation for life-long learning.

Learn Chinese

You can choose to study Mandarin as optional modules, starting at the appropriate level for you – from beginner to advanced – depending on your prior study of the language. You will use what you have learned in a Chinese language and cultural setting.

Your study at Nottingham’s Ningbo China campus will enrich your cultural and linguistic experience and allow you to explore a range of themes and issues relevant for understanding contemporary China.

Internship or dissertation option

Students will also have the opportunity to apply for and complete a 10-week internship in China allowing students to become familiar with the Chinese workplace and to put what they have learned into practice in real life.

Course structure

The programme will be offered full time over a period of 12 months with students studying 120 taught credits in relevant modules. Students will also have the choice of a 60 credit in-depth study of a chosen topic or the chance to apply for and complete an internship (for up to two months) in China.

This course is administered by the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, but students also take one core module from Nottingham University Business School China (NUBS), and are encouraged to take Mandarin from the Language Centre.

Compulsory modules


  • Managing People and Organisation
  • Economic Development in Contemporary China
  • Research Design and Practice in China
  • Contemporary China Issues
  • Chinese Business and Society
  • Management for China

Credit total

Optional Group 1

Students must take 40 credits from this group:


  • Government and Politics in China
  • Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society
  • Media Communications in a Globalising China
  • The Rise of Modern China
  • Mandarin Chinese*
  • Mandarin Chinese*

*Students taking Mandarin will be assessed for their level upon registration

Optional Group 2

And 60 credits from this group:


  • Internship Report
  • Dissertation

If you are taking international qualifications such as GCSE's, O-Level's, A-Level's or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, please refer to the information below for details.Preliminary year (year one entry) GCSE/IGCSE/O levelsStudents are required to possess, or be on course to achieve five grade B's, including B's in relevant subjects. GCSE grade C in English is also accepted in lieu of IELTS or TOEFL IBT.Qualifying year (year two entry) A levelsTypical A level requirements are ABB-BBB for the majority of programmes. B's in relevant subjects may be required depending on the programme applied for.International Baccalaureate (IB) DiplomaTypical requirements are 30-34 points, with Higher Level and specific subjects required for particular programmes. IB English Language is also considered in lieu of IELTS or TOEFL IBT. A grade 4 is required for A1, A2 and B HL. Grade 5 is required for B SL.SATII and Advanced Placement (AP)Students taking AP's or SATII's should refer to the entry requirements for the USA.Foundation year and university transfersThe University also considers applicants holding foundation year qualifications or at least one year study at a university. Admission is based on the modules studied, the current/final transcript and the course applied for at UNNC.


To encourage academic excellence, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China is now offering a comprehensive and expanding range of scholarships to international students. Scholarships for up to 33% are available on merit.

In addition to our PhD scholarship opportunities, for 2014 entry, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China is offering five types of non-competitive scholarships and two types of competitive scholarships.

Competitive scholarships

Ningbo Government International Student Scholarship for Academic Excellence*

This scholarship is awarded to approximately twelve academically talented applicants who each receive a tuition fee scholarship of 30,000 RMB.

Students who would like to apply for this scholarship should hold, or be on course to achieve a 2:1 They will need to prepare the following documents and submit to the Recruitment & Admissions Office by 31 May 2014:

  • Application form
  • A personal statement of 500 words. Students may go a maximum of 10% under, or over the word count. Students may choose to use the personal statement from their main course application, or submit a second statement.

In 2013, students from the following countries were successful in being awarded a Ningbo Governmentt Scholarship:

  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

We encourage qualified applicants from all countries to apply for this scholarship.

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China High Achievers Scholarship

Each year the University rewards 25 international applicants with a 20,000 RMB scholarship towards their tuition fee. Scholarships are largely reserved for students with outstanding academic results, but consideration is also given to students with exceptional extra-curricular achievements or employment accolades.

All masters applicants are automatically assessed for the awards which are announced shortly after the course application deadline of 31 May.

In 2013, students from the following countries were successful in being awarded a High Achievers Scholarship:

  • Albania
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea
  • Lithuania
  • Mauritius
  • Nigeria
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • USA

President's Scholarship and Provost's Scholarship (two-year masters only)

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic results in the previous academic year. The amount of each scholarship and the ratio of winners are as follows:

Level /Amount (RMB/Year) /Ratio of Winners

  • President's Scholarship / 25,000 / 2%
  • Provost's Scholarship / 18,000 / 3%

* With the exception of the ‘Ningbo Government Scholarship for International Students’, allocation of all the listed scholarships is administered by The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and requires no additional application process.

Non-competitive scholarships

Alumni Scholarship*

In recognition of the academic ability of University of Nottingham graduates, students applying for postgraduate studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and who have previously studied at undergraduate level at The University of Nottingham, UK, China or Malaysia are entitled to a 10% tuition fee scholarship.

Family Scholarship*

A 10% fee reduction for the children, brothers, sisters, husbands or wives of students who are currently registered on award bearing courses at The University of Nottingham Ningbo or who have already successfully completed award-bearing courses.

Universitas 21 Alumni Scholarship

Scholarships of 10% towards tuition fees are available to students who:

  • are a graduate of a U21 partner university AND
  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
  • register on a new full-time degree programme at UNNC in September 2014

The scholarship is for the first year only and is presented once the evidence of successfully completed study at a Universitas 21 Partner University is received.

Study Abroad and International Exchange Alumni Scholarship

Scholarships of 10% towards tuition fees are available to students who:

  • have attended The University of Nottingham on a Study Abroad or International Exchange programme AND
  • are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
  • register on a new full-time degree programme at Nottingham in September 2014

The scholarship is for the first year only and is given once the evidence has been completed and Study Abroad or Exchange status has been confirmed by us.

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