MSc International Management (China)


Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

Our MSc International Management programme focuses on management and its environment in China and includes high-level courses in international management and finance disciplines. It draws upon China experts and management specialists within the University and from positions within commerce, finance and government.

The core modules enable you to study the principles and applications of international management and the interplay between global and local factors influencing management in China. You can use the optional modules to focus on either management skills that can be applied worldwide or specialise in understanding the Chinese business environment. The programme combines the study of China with close attention to the business worlds of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

For those who choose to, this programme also offers the opportunity to learn Chinese - either at an introductory level or at an advanced level for business purposes. No knowledge of Chinese is required to complete the MSc programme successfully since English language materials are used.

Why study MSc International Management (China) at SOAS

  • We're ranked 11 in the UK and 2 in London for Business and Management by the Guardian University league table 2019.
  • Programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who regularly publish in top international journals.
  • You will develop an excellent understanding of key issues shaping international business strategy.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of more than forty African and Asian languages. As the economies of the Global South continue to expand, knowledge of another language and other cultures 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.

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates having moved on to work for a range of organisations such as Bloomberg, the Government of Canada and Saatchi and Saatchi.


MSc International Management (China) graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including analysing and selecting information; communicating effectively; understanding and interpreting numerical data - numeracy and problem-solving. An MSc International Management (China) postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Graduates are equipped with advanced training and research expertise related to finance, management and development enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in both business and public sectors.

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

  • Air France
  • Asia Biogas Group
  • Bloomberg
  • Bonhams
  • Chanel
  • Citi
  • CRCC Asia Ltd
  • German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Government of Canada
  • IPM International Consultants SRL
  • Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Estonia
  • Ping An Group of China
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Saatchi and Saatchi
  • Toshiba International (Europe) Ltd
  • UKTI Australia & New Zealand
  • Zhejiang Grand Import & Export Co., Ltd

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

  • Management Accountant
  • Director - China Operations
  • FX & Commodity Analyst
  • Assistant Vice President, APAC
  • Global Account Manager
  • Manager, Consulting Services
  • Policy Analyst
  • Director of Business Process, Taiwan and Vietnam
  • Research Executive
  • Advisor
  • Communication & Event Manager for Switzerland
  • Lecturer
  • Finance Manager
  • PR Manager
  • Buyer
  • Director of Trade Australasia
  • Business Development Manager China


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

Option modules are divided into Chinese Managerial Environment and General Management options. Students are encouraged to combine courses from both in order to build an understanding of the local business and cultural environment.

If selecting a language option at a non-beginner level, please contact us for details of the language placement test prior to the start of Term 1.


  • Dissertation in international management for China

Taught Component

Core Modules

  • Research methods in management
  • Management in China 1 - domestic perspectives
  • Management in China 2 - international perspectives
  • International management

Plus choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Topics in the Chinese economy
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Cross-cultural management
  • International Business Strategy
  • International human resource management
  • International Marketing
  • Risk management
  • Chinese 1 A (PG)
  • Chinese 1 B (PG)
  • Chinese 2 (PG)
  • Chinese 3 (PG)
  • Chinese 4 (PG)
  • Chinese 6: Advanced Business Chinese (PG)

IM Options

  • Japanese Financial System
  • Islamic Banking And Finance

FFL Options

  • International Securities Regulation
  • Banking and capital markets

Important notice

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

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours. Relevant professional qualifications or experience will be considered.

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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