MSc Business, Economy and Society of Contemporary China


Program Description

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 to understanding contemporary China.

Course structure

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 Contemporary Chinese 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
  • Economic Development in Contemporary China 10 Autumn
  • Research Design and Practice in China 20 Autumn
  • Contemporary China Issues 20 Autumn
  • Chinese Business and Society 10 Spring
  • Management for China 10 Spring

Credit total 80

Optional Group 1

Students must take 40 credits from this group:

Title Credits Taught

  • Government and Politics in China 10 Autumn
  • Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society 10 Spring
  • Media Communications in a Globalising China 10 Spring
  • The Rise of Modern China 10 Spring
  • Mandarin Chinese* 10 Autumn
  • Mandarin Chinese* 10 Spring

*Students taking Mandarin will be assessed for their level upon registration

Compulsory Dissertation

Title Credits Taught

  • Dissertation 60 Full year

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.

Last updated January 2018

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China, in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is run by The Unive ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China, in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is run by The University of Nottingham (UK) with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. The University of Nottingham has recently been ranked 9th in the UK by the Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings and 75th in the world by the QS World Rankings 2014. Read less