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BA English with International Business


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 the 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.

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

Year one (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.

Year two (qualifying year)

This year the emphasis is on understanding how the English language works and, in particular, how English varies according to context and purpose. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of business management.

Students must take all modules in this group:

Year two modules
Code TitleCreditsSemester
P11606 Microeconomics for Business A 10 Autumn
P11440 Entrepreneurship and Business 10 Autumn
P11613 Organisational Behaviour 10 Spring
P11131 The Digital Economy 10 Spring
ES1E11 Language and Context 20 Full Year
ES1C02 Introduction to Linguistics 20 Full Year

Students must take 40 credits from this group:

Optional modules
ES1E31 Studying Literature 20 Full Year
ES1E41 Academic Community 20 Full Year
ES1C04 The Influence of English 20 Full Year
ES1005 Introduction to Drama 20 Full Year
CS11SA Inter Faculty Spanish 1A 10 Autumn
CS11GA Inter Faculty German 1A 10 Autumn
CS11FA  Inter Faculty French 1A  10 Autumn
CS11JA  Inter Faculty Japanese 1A  10 Autumn
CS1001 Mandarin for Everyday Life 1A 10 Autumn
CS10IA Inter Faculty Italian 1A 10 Autumn
CS10KA Inter Faculty Korean 1A 10 Autumn
CS11SB  Inter Faculty Spanish 1B  10 Spring
CS11GB  Inter Faculty German 1B  10 Spring
CS11FB  Inter Faculty French 1B  10 Spring
CS11JB  Inter Faculty Japanese 1B  10 Spring
CS1002 Mandarin for Everyday Life 1B 10 Spring
CS10IB Inter Faculty Italian 1B 10 Spring
CS10KB Inter Faculty Korean 1B 10 Spring


Year three (part one)

The focus is on a thorough understanding of communication in the context of entrepreneurship and business. Students develop the ability to apply interpretive techniques to a range of texts. They develop their understanding of the role of economics in decision making and learn the importance and techniques of marketing.

Students must take all modules in this group:

Year three modules
Code TitleCreditsSemester
ES2E16 Fundamentals in Research Methods 20 Autumn
ES2E17 Business Communication 20 Autumn
ES2001 Investigating English Language: Psycholinguistics 20 Spring
P12814  Introduction to Business Operations  10 Spring
ES2E14 Advanced Grammar for Study and the Professions 20 Spring


Optional modules

Choice of 20 credits from this group:

Code TitleCreditsSemester
ES2E12 Discourse and Society  20 Autumn
ES2E34 Introduction to Global Psychology and Communications 10  Autumn
CS20SA Inter Faculty Spanish 2A (heritage) 10 Autumn
CS20FA Inter Faculty French 2A (heritage) 10 Autumn
CS20JA Inter Faculty Japanese 2A (heritage) 10 Autumn
CS20GA Inter Faculty German 2A (heritage) 10 Autumn
CS2001 Mandarin for Everyday Life 2A 10 Autumn
CS20IA Inter Faculty Italian 2A 10 Autumn
CS20KA Inter Faculty Korean 2A 10 Autumn
P12412 Marketing Management 10 Autumn
P12612 Economics of Innovation 10 Autumn


Choice of 10 credits from this group:

Code TitleCreditsSemester
P12435 Technology and Organisation 10 Spring
P12CPB* The Consumer Psychology of Brands 10 Spring
CS20SB Inter Faculty Spanish 2B (heritage)   10        Spring      
CS20FB Inter Faculty French 2B (heritage) 10 Spring
CS20JB Inter Faculty Japanese 2B (heritage) 10 Spring
CS20GB Inter Faculty German 2B (heritage) 10 Spring
CS2002 Mandarin for Everyday Life 2B 10 Spring
CS20IB Inter Faculty Italian 2B 10 Spring
CS20KB Inter Faculty Korean 2B 10 Spring

*P12412 Marketing Management is a pre-requisite to P12CPB The Consumer Psychology of Brands.

Year four (part two)

Students undertake a research project which would allow them to investigate how the English language functions in professional contexts, using some of the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they have acquired over the previous two years. They develop their understanding of strategy and strategic management, as well as the theory and application of human resource management.

Students must take all modules in this group:

Year four modules
P13KL1 International Business Strategy I 10 Autumn
P13KL8 International Business Environment I 10 Autumn
P13KL2 International Business Strategy II 10 Spring
P13KL9 International Business Environment II 10 Spring
Students must choose four modules from this group:
Optional modules
ES3001  Sociolinguistics  20 Autumn
ES3003  Introduction to English Language Teaching   20 Autumn
ES3005  Workplace Discourse 20 Autumn
ES3002  Brain and Language 20 Spring
ES3004  Corpus Linguistics  20 Spring
ES3006  Intercultural Communication  20 Spring
ES3010  Dissertation  20 Spring
ES3011 Dissertation 20 Full Year


Careers and further study

Studying international business with a strong focus on English language prepares our graduates for a wide range of careers in global organisations and companies around the world.

Our graduates are highly successful in going onto further study and careers at prestigious institutions where advanced communication skills, analytical abilities and cultural awareness are highly sought after. Of the 31 undergraduates who graduated from the School of English in 2014 and continued onto postgraduate studies, 68% were admitted by world top 100 universities and 45% by world top 40 according to the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings. Typical graduate career destinations include: business and finance, journalism, publishing, teaching, internet and ecommerce, government and public institutions.



For further information, please contact:

Margaret Dowens