The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



European and international markets present huge opportunities for multilingual graduates with business and management skills. This degree programme integrates both academic fields, enabling students to enter the employment market directly after graduation. During Years 1 and 2 there is a certain amount of flexibility as to the language element of the programme. Students may study the second language at the same level as the first language, or take up a second language from beginner's level. Alternatively, students may choose to study only Chinese from the outset.

Our International Business Management and Languages (IBML) degree combines core business management subjects with tailored language courses that have a business focus. We have four pathways available on our IBML degree:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

During the first two years of study, students take classes in their chosen pathway language and a range of business subjects. Where possible students are also encouraged to study a second language.

Third year is spent abroad at a business school or university where you study a range of business subjects in your chosen foreign language.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Accounting or Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Chinese: Intermediate or Chinese: Intensive for Beginners (1)
  • Elective unless doing Chinese: Intesive for Beginners (1)

Semester 2

  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • Introduction to Finance or Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Chinese: Intermediate (2) or Chinese: Intensive for Beginners (2)
  • Elective unless doing Chinese: Intensive for Beginners (2)

Chinese: Intensive for Beginners (1) and (2) are worth 30 credits - double the credits of a standard course. 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Chinese: Advanced for Business (1)
  • Option / Elective

Semester 2

  • Operations Management
  • Option
  • Chinese: Advanced for Business (2)
  • Option / Elective
Year 3

Students spend Year 3 abroad, studying business subjects at partner institution in a country where their chosen languages is spoken.      

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation (1)
  • Chinese Proficiency for Business (1)
  • International Business
  • Business Management Option

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (2)
  • Chinese Proficiency for Business (2)
  • Business Management Option
  • Business Management Option


Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) International Business Management and Languages: Chinese as Main Language students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 57% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 10% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Elementary occupations
  • Sales occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with at least 5 in languages.
  • HNC/HND Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered.

Additional information

  • Entry routes As our Languages programmes include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all Languages programmes is to Level 1 of a four-year Honours programme.
  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English is required for all Languages programmes.
  • We are looking for applicants who have taken relevant subjects and have demonstrated their ability to handle a language.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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