BSc International Management (China) (Year Abroad)


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Our BSc International Management (China) (Year Abroad) programme will allow you to gain a strong grounding in management science.

Students will take modules in accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, corporate governance, research methods and international business strategy together with modules that draw on SOAS’s specialist knowledge of historical and contemporary perspectives on China’s economic development. Additionally, students will take three modules in Mandarin Chinese. Students will also have the opportunity to take approved modules from other SOAS departments, such as Law, Politics, Economics and Languages and Cultures of China, providing a rich inter-disciplinary learning environment.

You will spend the third year of study in China furthering language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and understanding of local business practices and culture.

Why study BSc International Management (China) at SOAS

  • We're ranked 11 in the UK and 2 in London for Business and Management by the 2019 Guardian University league table.
  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia.
  • We expertly apply theoretical concepts to real issues facing businesses that operate in China.
  • As the Chinese economy continues to expand, knowledge of the language and culture will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade.
  • You will be joining our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia.
  • You will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our optional modules and/or optional modules from other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a second language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities.

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates having moved on to work for a range of organisations such as Deloitte, Santander and HM Treasury.


Studying this programme will provide you with a firm grasp of international management disciplines.

Skills gained include:

  • A coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with direct reference to China.
  • A deep understanding of the Chinese language and culture.
  • Statistical and computing skills the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Communication and presentation skills.

Graduates from the Department have pursued successful careers in business, banking, consulting, media and other industries, especially in companies or organisations that operate in, or do business with China.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Deloitte
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • KPMG
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Santander
  • Investec
  • HM Treasury
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • Nomura
  • UBS

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Executive
  • Management Consultant
  • Vice-President
  • Foreign Exchange Trading Business Manager
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Events Manager


Students take 120 credits each year.

This is a 4-year programme. You will spend 3 years studying on campus, while normally spending Year 3 overseas in China at a partner institution.

The programme has been designed so that second and third year modules build on modules taken in earlier years. In your final year, you will complete an Independent Study Project or Dissertation on an agreed topic in International Management (China) and take further units in management and Chinese language.

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Management in China: Domestic and international developments
  • Chinese 1 A
  • Chinese 1 B
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers
  • Principles and management of marketing

Year 2

Core Modules

  • International business strategy
  • Managerial economics
  • Chinese 2
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Qualitative and case study research

Optional Modules

Please choose modules to the value of 15 credits from the following:

  • International marketing 1: the environment
  • Understanding company accounts and reports

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 15 credits

Year 3

Study abroad year worth 120 credits.

Students will usually spend Year 3 at a partner institution in China.

Year 4

Core Modules

  • Independent study project in international management
  • Chinese 5: Intermediate Business Chinese

Optional Modules

Choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below.

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Corporate finance and financial accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Government and politics of China
  • Contemporary issues in the Chinese economy
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial strategy
  • Finance in China
  • International human resource management
  • International marketing 2: global markets
  • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: Applicants without A-level Maths (or equivalent) must have a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Maths.
  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB
    GCSE Maths B (grade 6 in the new structure)
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)

Alternative entry requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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