BA (Hons) English with International Business


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: English with International Business BA (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.


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Course overview

English is the global language of business with companies around the world increasingly expecting their business executives to have a high level of spoken and written English.

This course offers you the opportunity to combine your flair and love of English language and literature with your desire to deepen your understanding of important business issues and concepts.

You will combine your study of English with modules offered by Nottingham University Business School China, which is part of the Nottingham University Business School in the UK, one of the best business schools in Europe.

By the end of your course, you will:

  • develop a good understanding of nature and uses of English, in particular in the contexts of entrepreneurship and business
  • be highly knowledgeable on the theory and practice of business management with a particular focus on international business issues
  • have an understanding of the way in which organisations might be made to operate more effectively in the modern world
  • gain language skills, knowledge and analytical abilities that are attractive to potential employers with global aspirations.

Please note that this is a highly selective course with limited places.

Course structure

For domestic Mainland Chinese students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year programme.

For international students, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year programme.

Students should take a minimum of 220 credits in English subject and 90 credits in Business subject.

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change. 

Preliminary year

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

In the preliminary year, the focus is on a special programme and English for academic purposes. Designed by staff at the University’s Centre for English Language Education, this programme prepares students for their degree courses.

Qualifying year


Students must take all modules

  • ENGL1027 Introduction to Linguistics (20 Credits)
  • BUSI1114 Business Economics (20 Credits)
  • BUSI1116 Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice (20 Credits)
  • ENGL1025 Language and Context (20 Credits)

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

  • LANG1062 Inter-Faculty French 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1064 Inter-Faculty German 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1066 Inter-Faculty Japanese 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1068 Inter-Faculty Spanish 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1084 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1070 Inter-Faculty Korean 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1063 Inter-Faculty French 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1065 Inter-Faculty German 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1067 Inter-Faculty Japanese 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1069 Inter-Faculty Spanish 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1085 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1071 Inter-Faculty Korean 1B (10 Credits)

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits from this group

  • ENGL1028 The Influence of English (20 Credits)
  • ENGL1026 Studying Literature (20 Credits)
  • ENGL1030 Introduction to Drama (20 Credits)
  • ENGL1029 Academic Community (20 Credits)

Year 3


Students must take all modules

  • ENGL2037 Fundamentals in Research Methods (20 Credits)
  • BUSI2109 Introduction to Business Operations (10 Credits)
  • ENGL2039 Business Communication (20 Credits)
  • ENGL2041 Language in Society (20 Credits)

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group

  • LANG2077 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2055 Inter-Faculty French 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2057 Inter-Faculty German 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2059 Inter-Faculty Japanese 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2061 Inter-Faculty Spanish 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2063 Inter-Faculty Korean 2A (10 Credits)

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 50 credits from this group

  • BUSI2115 Economics of Innovation (10 Credits)
  • ENGL2036 Investigating English Language: Psycholinguistics (20 Credits)
  • ENGL2042 Literary Linguistics (20 Credits)

Optional (Group 3)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group

  • BUSI2102 Economic Development in Asia (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2129 Managing Across Cultures (10 Credits)
  • LANG2078 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2056 Inter-Faculty French 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2058 Inter-Faculty German 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2060 Inter-Faculty Japanese 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2062 Inter-Faculty Spanish 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2064 Inter-Faculty Korean 2B (10 Credits)

Year 4


Students must take all modules

  • BUSI3194 International Business Environment and Strategy (20 Credits)
  • BUSI3189 Business Ethics and Sustainability (20 Credits)

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 80 credits from this group

  • ENGL3088 Corpus Linguistics (20 Credits)
  • ENGL3089 Workplace Discourse (20 Credits)
  • ENGL3102 Introduction to Translation and Interpreting (20 Credits)
  • ENGL3104 Advanced Grammar for Study and the Professions (20 Credits)
  • ENGL3086 Brain and Language (20 Credits)
  • ENGL3090 Intercultural Communication (20 Credits)

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

  • ENGL3091 Dissertation (60 Credits)


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Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China 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 Career Development Office 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.

A total of 51 graduates of the 2018 English Language and Literature Department, 37 chose to continue their studies, of which 67.6% of the graduates entered the top 50 universities in the world.

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.

Alternative requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less