University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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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 both international and domestic applicants.


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.        



Code Title Credits
CHIN4030 Contemporary China Issues 20
INTS4013 Research Methods  20
CHIN4038 Management for China (10 credits) 10
CHIN4045 Government and Politics of China 10
CHIN4044 Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology & Society 10
CHIN4047 Globalisation and Innovation in China 10
CHIN4034 Dissertation 60
  Credit Total 140

Students must take all the modules above


Code Title Credits
INTS4006 Internship 10
INTS4036 China and the World 20
INTS4018 Democratisation in Asia, Africa & Latin America 10
BUSI4342 Project Management 10
INTS4033 People and Borders 10
INTS4002 China in International Relations 20
INTS4016 International Organisations 10
BUSI4326 Managing International Business in China 10
BUSI4339 E-Business 10
INCM1049 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A 10
INCM1050 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B 10
  Credit Total 130

Students MUST choose 40 credits

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue

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


Entry Requirement

Degree Requirement
This mater programme require student to have a bachelors degree(or international equivalent) from a recognised institution at the same standard as UK university's 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent).
English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have a degree from a UK institution, are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme:

Applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language Entry Requirements at:


Further information

Please consult Study with us for details on entry requirements, scholarships and application procedures.                                                              

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