MA (Hons) Modern Languages for Business Management with Chinese

The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type

We have taught languages for a professional purpose for over 50 years. This degree teaches Chinese from beginner's level combined with courses in intercultural studies and business management, taught in partnership with Edinburgh Business School.


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Heriot-Watt University’s degree MA Modern Languages for Business Management gives students the chance to study a modern foreign language from a beginner level to a proficient standard, whilst developing highly-employable skills in business and management. 

Students can study Chinese from an intermediate level or from a beginner’s level depending on their ability in Year 1.  Complementary courses focus on intercultural awareness, as well as the societies and cultures of the countries in which the studied language is spoken. Courses also cover the principles of business management and their application in global workplaces. 

Business and Language Career prospects

Our Modern Languages for Business Management degree allows students to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise required to enter the employment market in a strong position by opening up opportunities for a global career.

European and international markets present great opportunities for multilingual graduates with business and management skills, so learning a language as part of a degree in business and management can be the foundation of a truly rewarding career. 

Degree structure - a year abroad

In years 1, 2 and 4 students take a mix of mandatory and optional courses, including one mandatory business management-focused course per semester. 

In Year 3, at least one semester will be spent working or studying abroad, immersed in the language and culture you are studying.  

Course content

Year 1

If starting for beginner level, students will follow our tried and tested accelerated intensive beginners course. Students with Post-Higher/ A-level qualifications in the language of study will take one language course per semester at a more advanced Intermediate level.

Mandatory courses explore history and culture, intercultural issues, and management in a global context. Students will have the opportunity to develop their critical writing skills and employability through optional courses. Those who take Intermediate level language courses can also choose two courses from a range of electives.

Year 2

Level 2 moves into the advanced study of student's chosen language. It includes two advanced language courses, as well as mandatory courses exploring intercultural issues in business management, general linguistics, and the principles underlying key aspects of cultures, societies and political systems in contemporary Europe and the wider world. Two elective courses can be chosen from a range of electives. 

Year 3

Students will spend at least one semester working or studying abroad in a country where their chosen language is spoken. Students may spend the full year abroad if they wish, but if just one semester is spent abroad, students will return to Edinburgh to undertake supervised project work in the other semester. 

Year 4

Level 4 includes one language course in each semester with three mandatory courses on international politics and international business management. Students can choose one optional course from a selection including modules on sustainable development and comparative cultural studies. In addition, students will complete an Honours Dissertation.

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Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABB 
  • A-Levels BBC 
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with main language at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (Main language at A-Level B or equivalent required)
  • HNC B in graded unit (with main language Higher A or A-Level B grade or equivalent)
  • HND BB

Year 2

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Year 3

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £16,000

* 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.

** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

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