Chinese and Management MA

This programme is aimed at students who see China's role as a rising economic super power as both an opportunity and a challenge, and who want to ensure they are ‘China ready'.

Taught by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School, you'll gain intensive research training and study modules in business and management studies.

You'll also take Chinese language classes at a level appropriate for you and choose from a range of optional modules to develop your knowledge of China, the wider East Asian region and the international business world. You could study Chinese politics, human resource management, Japanese business and much more.

This programme will suit both UK and non-UK students wanting to engage with the growing markets in which Chinese interests are present, as well as Chinese students seeking practical and strategic management expertise alongside an insight into how China is perceived by the outside world.

Leeds University Business School and East Asian Studies are leading centres for research, offering complementary expertise in the region. East Asian Studies has enjoyed over 50 years of history at Leeds. In addition to the academic strengths that have accrued over this time, we have developed an extensive and active international network of alumni. Leeds is also home to very substantial and world-renowned specialist library collections.

  • Course content

    A core module will provide you with intensive research training, developing your understanding of research methods and building the skills to complete your dissertation. You'll work with your supervisor(s) - specialists member of our teaching staff - to complete this independent research project which focuses on a topic of your choice.

    You'll also take intensive language classes at the right level for you in Chinese, Japanese or Thai - we teach all three languages from beginner level, but if you already have some knowledge of the language you'll be able to study at a more advanced level. If you're a native Chinese speaker, you'll be exempt from this requirement and choose extra modules in East Asian Studies instead.

    To complete the programme, you'll select from a wide range of optional modules to explore topics that suit your interests or career plans. You'll maintain some variety with modules in business and management studies as well as Chinese culture, politics or history - you could study topics as diverse as cross-cultural management, Japanese politics, China's relationship with the developing world and gender and equality.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Dissertation 45 credits
    • Principles and Practices of Research 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Chinese Politics 15 credits
    • China's Development 15 credits
    • China and the Developing World 15 credits
    • Japan in the Discourse of International Development 15 credits
    • Japan: Politics and International Relations 15 credits
    • Political Economy of the Pacific Rim 15 credits
    • International Politics of the Asia Pacific Region 15 credits
    • Basic Chinese Language 1 30 credits
    • Basic Chinese Language 2 30 credits
    • Basic Japanese Language (1) 30 credits
    • Basic Japanese Language (2) 30 credits
    • Basic Thai Language and Culture 1 30 credits
    • Chinese 2A: Grammar and Readings 30 credits
    • Chinese 2B: Media and Communication 30 credits
    • Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills 30 credits
    • Intermediate Chinese (1) 30 credits
    • Intermediate Japanese (1) 30 credits
    • Chinese 3: Translation and Composition 30 credits
    • Advanced Chinese Communication Skills 30 credits
    • Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law 15 credits
    • Chinese Language for International Trade and Business 30 credits
    • Japanese 3A: Written Communication Skills 30 credits
    • Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations 15 credits
    • Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity 15 credits
    • Specialised Readings 15 credits
    • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective 15 credits
    • Cross Cultural Management 15 credits
    • Managing and Exploiting Intellectual Capital 15 credits
    • The Emerging Markets 15 credits
    • International Business Theory 15 credits
    • Chinese Business 15 credits
    • The Economics of China 15 credits
    • Training and Development 30 credits
    • Employment Relations 30 credits
    • Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations 30 credits
    • International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility 30 credits
    • Diversity Management 30 credits
    • The Rise of China 30 credits
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    For more information on typical modules, read Chinese and Management MA in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors, including lectures, seminars, online learning, tutorials and workshops. Language classes may also include practicals and computer classes to develop your skills.

    However, independent study remains an important element of this degree as a chance for you to develop your skills and explore topics that interest you.


    You'll also experience a range of assessment methods, depending on the modules you choose. These may include exams and essays as well as presentations, literature reviews, project work and in-course assessment among others. Language modules may also include different forms of assessment such as translation tests.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.

    Other relevant qualifications or work experience will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


    How to apply

    Application deadlines

    UK/EU students: 4 September 2018

    International students: 28 August 2018

    It can take between four and six weeks to assess an application, so we advise you to apply as early as possible. Application deadlines for many scholarships are also much earlier than the application deadline, and you may need to leave time for arrangements such as visa applications or moving to Leeds.
    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you'll need

    • Transcripts of your degree and other relevant qualifications, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
    • We do not generally request references, unless further information is required to support the assessment of your application
    • Evidence of your English language qualifications if English isn't your first language
    • A personal statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to study this programme, how it will benefit your career and why you want to study the programme at Leeds in particular

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


    UK/EU: £10,000 (total)

    International: £19,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Whether you're already an established professional or just launching your career, the programme will give you valuable knowledge and skills to develop an international career.

    You'll have advanced skills in research, analysis and written and oral communication, as well as a greatly expanded cultural awareness. All of these are valuable in a wide range of careers - and your language skills will make you even more attractive to employers worldwide - in business, public and third sectors.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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