Our China & Globalisation MSc provides an introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise from comparative and global perspectives. It will equip you with the conceptual and research tools necessary for the critical analysis of China’s social and economic trends, and support your understanding of Chinese public policies, business strategies and modes of international cooperation.
The ‘rise’ of China over the past three decades raises challenging questions about the relationships between politics and market expansion, international cooperation, business innovations, and cultural and social developments. Our course will provide you with the conceptual and research tools to critically understand these relationships from comparative and global perspectives.
Our MSc is based in our Lau China Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. They combine expertise in Chinese history and politics with specialisms in different theoretical traditions, including political science, economics, international relations, social anthropology and international business and corporate governance.
The expertise of the associates of the Lau China Institute spans international trade law, healthcare regulation and biomedicine innovations, film and media, and military and maritime strategies.
Our course is designed to provide you with high quality graduate research training for a career related to China. It aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of contemporary China and familiarise you with major research methods currently used in the field of China studies. Our MSc is a platform both for further graduate work or enhancing your employment prospects. You do not need language or subject knowledge to begin this course.
We will give you 20 hours of lectures and seminars per 20-credit module, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will have four hours of one-to-one or group supervision, and you will undertake 596 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Per 20 credit module:
Lectures, seminars & feedback: Typically 20 hours
Self-study: 180 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Lectures, seminars & feedback: Four contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.
Self-study: 596 hours hours of self-study and project work.
Most modules will be assessed by essay and by class participation and attendance or by an oral presentation if you fail the participation and attendance component. The dissertation module assessment will be on the dissertation alone (up to 12,000 words).
The required module Governing China and the Age of Globalisation will be assessed by an unseen three hour examination and a participation element.
This innovative course is designed to offer you practical and transferable skills for careers including academic research; entrepreneurship in public services and the private sector, including finance and investment, media and publishing; and leadership roles in international organisations and NGOs.
The intercultural programme Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies provides students with key insights into major aspects of economic development in China and Europe. The skills taught include analyses of specific aspects of trade relations and financial flows, and an understanding of the social and economic interrelations between these two geo-political regions.
China’s rapid economic development, it’s integration into the world market, as well as its significance for the global economy are changing the development of companies and institutions at a national and international level. Europe is still an important player in the world market. Its integration process is difficult but unique. In an intercultural setting, students will learn to describe major aspects of the economic development in China and Europe and learn to analyse trade relations and financial flows as well as social and economic interrelations between the two regions.
The cross-cultural learning and teaching environment is further supported by a mandatory semester in China. The staff involved in the Master´s programme are internationally-renowned academics and senior researchers. An international academic staff exchange is an essential element in the programme included in team-teaching.
The programme takes a comparative Chinese-European perspective in the majority of the modules. The programme offers an international and application-oriented approach towards a multidisciplinary and academic education in Economics and Business Studies.
The Master Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies Programme addresses applicants who have acquired their first degree (Bachelor/Diploma) and who have a particular interest in the field of the rapidly growing Chinese-European economic and business relations.
Participants in this programme will acquire a good base of knowledge in economics and business, as well as in the specific cultural and political foundations of China and Europe.
Students seeking to build a career in this field will also appreciate the intercultural learning and teaching environment in this Master´s programme.
The programme starts every year on October 1st.
This full-time Master programme comprises three parts:
Chinese I / German I
Economics: Managerial and Business Environment
Financial Analysis and Corporate Finance
Leadership Skills*, e.g. e.g. Teambuilding, Leadership Skills, Intercultural Training
Marketing in China and Europe
Strategic Management in China and Europe
Chinese II / German II
Elective I, e. g. Hospitability Management, Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship
Elective II, e. g. Corporate Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility,
Gender and Globalization, International Supply Chain Management
Human Resource Management in China and Europe
Chinese III / German III
Cultural and Political History of China and Europe
Current Issues of the Chinese-European Economy
Economics in China and Europea
Financial Markets in China and Europe
4th Term (SWUFE Chengdu or Berlin School of Economics and Law)
Master's Thesis and Oral Defence
The full curriculum can also be found here:
The Master programme takes two years in total. It begins in mid of September and ends two years later when students present their Master’s Thesis. The programme is divided into four semesters. The first two semesters are spent at Berlin School of Economics and Law. The third semester takes place at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. The fourth semester includes the writing of the Master’s Thesis. It can be studied in either location.
The Master programme is taught entirely in English.
All core courses are given in a seminar style, using a wide range of case studies, presentations and discussions to provide an in-depth review of the material under consideration.