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Department of Financial & Management Studies (DeFiMS)

MSc International Management (China)

On Campus Programme

Duration: One calendar year full-time; two calendar years part-time

Overview

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Eunsuk Hong

Eunsuk Hong

Convenor

Minimum 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.

Start of programme: September intake only

This 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 elective 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.

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

The MSc International Management for China has three components:

  1. Four core courses
  2. Elective course(s) to the value of 1.0 unit
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

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

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 25% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and select an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the September 15th deadline (or the Monday immediately following this date if it falls on a weekend).

Not all elective courses are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that if half units are selected, one term 1 course and one term 2 course needs to be chosen across Regional and General electives.

Part-time Study

Part-time students are required to complete three of the core courses during their first year, then one core and two elective courses plus the dissertation during the second year.

Those enrolled on the three-year programme are required to complete three of the core courses during their first year, one core and two elective courses in the second year, and the dissertation in the third year.

Core Modules
Regional Elective Modules
General Elective Modules
Dissertation

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Destinations

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
KPMG LLP UK
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

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The programme has been incredibly beneficial … I have learned a great deal that has aided my work…

Jonathan Macha