SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

BSc International Management (China) (not running 2020/21) (2019 entry)

On-Campus Programme | Please note this programme is not running from 2020

Select year of entry: 2019

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Please note this programme is not running from 2020 it has been replaced by the programmes BSc International Management and BSc International Management (Year Abroad).

Our BSc International Management (China) programme will allow you to gain a strong grounding in management science.

You will take business management modules common to most first-degree management programmes including accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, corporate governance, research methods and international business strategy. We also offer specialist modules that draw on SOAS's expert knowledge of the historical and cultural context of different regions, as well as optional language modules.

Why study at SOAS?

  • we're ranked 11 in the UK and 2 in London for Business and Management by the 2019 Guardian University league table
  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia
  • we expertly apply theoretical concepts to real issues facing businesses that operate in China
  • as the Chinese economy continues to expand, knowledge of the language and culture 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
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a second language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities

This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates having moved on to work for a range of organisations such as Deloitte, Santander and HM Treasury.

Programme Code: N290

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Phone: 020 7898 4487

Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: Applicants without A-level Maths (or equivalent) must have a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Maths
A Levels:
GCSE Maths B (grade 6 in the new structure)
35 (665 at HL)

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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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3 years


PLEASE NOTE: If you are a current student and enrolled on this programme in 2017/18 or before, you can find the 2017/18 programme structure. 

Students take 120 credits each year composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.

Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Year One
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Management in China: Domestic and International Developments 151030003 30
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to accounting 151030001 15 Term 1
Organisational Behaviour 151030025 15 Term 2
Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers 151030005 15 Term 2
Principles and management of marketing 151030004 15 Term 2
Optional Modules
  • Please choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
Module Code Credits Term
Principles of Management 151030026 30 Full Year
H120 The Confucian World 154800229 15 Term 1
Year Two
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
International business strategy 151030008 15 Term 1
Managerial economics 151030009 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 151030027 30 Full Year
Qualitative and case study research 151030011 15 Term 2
Optional Modules
  • Please choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
Module Code Credits Term
International marketing 1: the environment 151030010 15 Term 2
Financial Accounting 1 151030002 15 Term 2
Government and Politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Open Options
  • Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits
Year Three
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Financial strategy 151030012 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Independent study project in international management 151030016 30 Full Year
Finance in East Asia 151030013 15 Term 2
Contemporary Issues the Chinese Economy 151030014
Optional Modules
  • Choose modules to the value of 45 credits from the list below:
List of modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term
Corporate finance and financial accounting 151030006 15 Term 2
Management Accounting 2 151030007 15 Term 1
Corporate governance 151030017 15 Term 2
International marketing 2: global markets 151030015 15 Term 2
Corporate finance and financial accounting 151030006 15 Term 2
  • OR choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning


In the School of Finance and Management, most undergraduate modules have a one or two- hour lecture and a one-hour seminar every week. Lectures and seminars are often taken by different teachers to provide a variety of angles on the subject.  The students are also expected to carry out independent study so they become more active in class through their reading and essay-writing and should greatly enhance their participation in class discussion groups.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

These projects are usually taken by final-year students only, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary and secondary sources. It is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).


Studying the BS International Management China programme will provide students with a firm grasp of international management disciplines.

Skills gained include:

  • a coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with direct reference to China
  • a broad knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture
  • statistical and computing skills
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • communication and presentation skills

Graduates from the Department have pursued successful careers in business, banking, consulting, media and other industries, especially in companies or organisations that operate in, or do business with China.

Find out more about Finance and Management Graduate Destinations.

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

  • Deloitte
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • KPMG
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Santander
  • Investec
  • HM Treasury
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • Nomura
  • UBS

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

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Executive
  • Management Consultant
  • Vice-President
  • Foreign Exchange Trading Business Manager
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Events Manager


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    Please note this programme isn't running from 2020/21. It has been replaced with BSc International Management and BSc International Management (Year Abroad).