University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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MSc Business, Economy and Society of Contemporary China


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 business 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.

Contact us

For further information please contact programme coordinator Dr David O'Brien


Applications can be made by email, direct to the University. Click here for more details.

Tuition fee

Our one year programme is priced at 90,000 CNY for international applicants and 80,000 CNY for domestic students.


A large number of partial scholarships are on offer for academically talented international students. Take a look at our scholarships schemes

Entry requirements

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic merits as well as English language proficiency. Please check out the entry requirements.




Course structure 17/18 (provisional)

The module information for 17/18 session is subject to change.

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.

This course is administered by the School of International 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                             

Title Credits Taught
Managing People and Organisation   10 Autumn
Research Design and Practice in China  20 Autumn
Contemporary China Issues   20 Autumn
Economic Development in Contemporary China 10 Spring
Management for China  10 Spring
Globalisation and Innovation in China 10 Spring
Chinese Business and Society 10 Spring
Dissertation 60 Full year
Credit total 150  


Optional Group 1 

Students must take 10-30 credits from this group:

Title Credits Taught
Government and Politics in China                                 10/15 Autumn 
Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society   10/15 Spring 
The Rise of Modern China    10/15 Autumn
Internship 15 Full Year

Optional Group 2

Subject to the approval of the offering school, students may take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 credits offered by other schools including the Language Centre to bring the total to 180. For international students whose first language is not mandarin Chinese, they can choose to take Mandarin modules. The level will be decided at registration. 

Detailed module information can be found on the Online Module Catalogue, please search by module code or title.