International Business with Mandarin Chinese (BSc Hons) N1R9

BSc Honours

International Business with Mandarin Chinese


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Key Course Information

Entry Year


Course length

4 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *



Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences



Professional Year Out





Queen's Management School

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.


Today, businesses operate in an inherently global marketplace and are increasingly looking to expand beyond national boundaries for continued growth and success.

This type of expansion requires a detailed understanding of business theory and practice, knowledge of how and when to adapt market offerings to the diverse needs, wants and demands of international business customers, and an awareness and ability to be sensitive to differences in culture and language.

Why is this subject for you?

  • You want to gain the essential skills necessary to conduct business in a global context including studying a language and developing cross-cultural understanding
  • You want to prepare for a career in areas such as management, marketing, human resource management, accounting, finance, banking and consultancy
  • You want to live and work abroad for a year giving you the confidence to communicate and work effectively in an international business environment

Why Queen's?

Placement Year

Year 3 is spent abroad on a compulsory international work placement in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant tongue. This is an integral part of the degree, providing students with the fluency and confidence to communicate and work effectively in an international business environment.

Sharpen your language skills

Each year students must take two compulsory language modules taught by the School of modern languages.

Guest speakers

Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures. The opportunity to network afterwards can give students valuable connections with senior professionals working in management.

Innovative teaching methods

Students will experience a variety of teaching methods including brain-storming, individual and paired reflection, discussion exercises, presentation, case studies, group work and practical workshops. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.




Did you know?

This four-year BSc Honours degree in International Business with a Language is delivered by Queen‘s Management School (Major) and the School of Modern Languages (Minor).

Course Content (including module information)

Currently five language options are offered:

• French (Intermediate and Advanced)

• German (Advanced)

• Mandarin Chinese (Beginners)

• Portuguese (Beginners)

• Spanish (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)

In the first, second and fourth years of study, students will study 2 language modules alongside the management focused subject matter. In year 3 of the programme, students must successfully complete one management module which is spent on placement in a country where the language being studied is the dominant tongue.

Stage 1

Students take six compulsory modules, two of which are language focused. The remaining modules set the context and foundation for the remainder of the degree. The focus will be on organisations, their structures, behaviours and the changing external environment within which they operate.

Modules will cover accounting, economics, marketing principles and organisational behaviour.

Stage 2

Students again take two language modules alongside their management modules which in this year cover issues such as international business, decision-making through effective data analysis and interpretation and managing resources (e.g. operations and human).

Stage 3

Placement year

Stage 4

The final year of the programme will again see students take two language modules. Additionally, students will take modules that cover issues such as business ethics and strategic management and will also be afforded the opportunity to conduct a consultancy or business start-up project. 

Assessment & Feedback

Learning and Teaching

Business Management

Entry Requirements


Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

A-level: ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade B

  • For French option: normally A-level French grade B or AS-level French grade B or GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language
  • For German option: normally A-level German grade B or AS-level German grade B
  • For Mandarin Chinese option: evidence of linguistic ability
  • For Portuguese option: normally A-level Portuguese grade B or AS-level Portuguese grade B or GCSE Portuguese grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language
  • For Spanish option: normally A-level Spanish grade B or AS-level Spanish grade B or GCSE Spanish grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language

Irish Leaving Certificate:

  • For French option: H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in French (or evidence of linguistic ability) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics
  • For German option: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in German + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics
  • For Mandarin Chinese option: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 plus evidence of linguistic ability + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics
  • For Portuguese option: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Portuguese (or evidence of linguistic ability) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics
  • For Spanish option: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Spanish (or evidence of linguistic ability) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics

(Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.)

All applicants: there are no specific subjects required to study International Business and it is not necessary to have previously studied Business Studies or Management.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degreeprogramme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

Those pursuing a career in International Business with Mandarin Chinese should enjoy working with people as they will have to generate information from a wide variety of sources as they attempt to improve the business (entering new global markets or developing new products or becoming more competitive internationally etc) or solve a specific management related issue. They should be effective communicators as they will be expected to engage with a range of stakeholders including senior management, consumers and consumer groups, government representatives and policy makers, as well as employees and peers.  Further, graduates need to have an appreciation of the potential differences in national cultures and their impact on the business environment. Students must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment.  To assist this, core transferable skills acquired throughout the degree programme include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand management and related information and work productively as part of a team as well as developing competence in a second language. 

Graduate Careers and Achievements

A degree in International Business with Mandarin Chinese from Queen’s offers a firm base securing an excellent graduate position or further academic study. Career options are extremely varied and the employment opportunities for our International Business with French graduates remain strong.  Students from this programme have secured either graduate positions or have undertaken placements in advertising, human resources, recruitment, training and development, marketing, export marketing, new product development, market research, brand management, operations management, supply chain management, quality management, business development, accounting, finance, management consultancy. 

The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc International Business with Mandarin Chinese graduates.

Further study is also an option open to graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

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