Master's program "China Language and Economy"

Degree AwardedMaster of Arts
Programme Duration2 years, full time
ECTS Requirements120 (62 semester hours)
Study plan
Current: ASPO2016 [German] [English]
Application Deadline15th March each year
Start DateSeptember each year (intensive language course)
Language of InstructionEnglish, Chinese
Stay abroadobligatory
Contact+49 (0)931 31 89576
andrea.funk@uni-wuerzburg.de
Please send your application toInstitut für Kulturwissenschaften Ost - und Südasiens - Sinologie
Kommission China Language and Economy
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Germany
GuidelinesGuideline Term Papers, Handouts and Master Theses
Style Sheet for Term Papers and Master Theses

 

Program

This master program has been developed for students holding a B.A. degree in Economics, Business Administration or equivalent qualification who want to specialize in China business and economics. Next to classes that offer in-depths analysis of China’s economy and approaches to doing business with China, students will learn the Chinese language and take classes in Chinese Studies. In addition, senior language classes will empower students to understand and discuss economic texts in Chinese language. Methodological classes prepare students to use their economic and Chinese study knowledge for academic research as well as for solving business problems.

Graduates of this programme (until 2016: 12) are well-suited for a career in firms with business relations with China. Furthermore, the competencies acquired during the master more generally prepare them for jobs in enterprises and organisations active in international markets and politics.

The Department of Sinology in Würzburg is keen to support students in special living circumstances (e.g. students with children), and to help them realize their study aim.

Program Structure

The program starts with intensive language training every September and proceeds with regular classes in October. Classes are offered by experts of the Sinology Department as well as the Department of Economics. During the first two terms students attend language classes, lectures and seminars in Würzburg, during the third term they attend language classes and seminars at the renowned Peking University. The final semester is intended for writing the master thesis. In general, students are based in Würzburg while writing the master thesis. Exceptions are possible if students write the thesis in cooperation with a firm or if they do research in China for their thesis.

 

China Business and Economics:(25%: 30 ECTS, 20 semester hours)
Economics(4%: 5 ECTS, 4 semester hours)
Modern Chinese Language(38%: 45 ECTS, 32 semester hours)
Modern China Studies(8%: 10 ECTS, 6 semester hours)
Thesis(25%: 30 ECTS)

Module Descriptions

The program comprises compulsory modules and required electives. Compulsory modules include language classes as well as lectures in Chinese Studies and China Business and Economics. Required electives include courses in Chinese Studies, Economics and Business Administration as well as China Business and Economics.

 

China Business and Economics

Module Introduction to China’s Economy (compulsory)

The module Introduction to China’s economy comprises two obligatory lectures, one with a focus on China’s economic development and one with a focus on China’s economic integration into the world economy. While the former addresses topics such as the Chinese statistical system, China’s economic transition, drivers of China’s economic development and selected topical issues of China’s economic situation, the latter introduces issues of China’s trade and investment, currency development and China’s role in global economic governance.

 

Module Challenges of Economic Development in China (elective)

The module Challenges of Economic Development in China consists of two seminars that each covers an issue central for Chinese recent and future economic development. The first seminar, “Challenges of sustainable development”, looks into the environmental, social and economic sustainability of China’s development. Students get familiar with the environmental, social and economic challenges that arise from China’s fast economic development and with Chinese strategies to address these challenges. The second seminar “China’s national innovation” mirrors the importance attributed to innovation and innovativeness with regard to China’s future development. Starting from an introduction of related theoretical approaches, students gain an in-depth understanding of the actors, processes and linkages that characterize China national innovation system and related international cooperation and integration.

 

Module Methodology and Applied Analysis (compulsory)

The module “methodology and applied analysis” consists of two seminars dedicated to strengthening students’ analytical and methodological skills. Within the seminar “Methodological questions of economic research on China”, students discuss questions of methodology, research designs and academic argumentation on the basis of intensive reading of academic texts on China’s economy. In addition, this seminar addresses the question how economic research on China has been challenging and furthering economic theory. As such this seminar is also a preparation for the seminar “Hot issues of China’s economy” that accompanies students’ master thesis writing process and deepens their competencies in research question formulation, methodology issues and argumentation in the context of topics pursued for their theses.

 

Modules Markets in China 1 -3 (electives)

The Modules “Market in China 1-3” result from different combinations of two out of three seminars, namely “Business and Finance”, “Consumerism and Marketing” and “Chinese Firms in Global Markets”. Students are expected to select one module, meaning one combination of two of these three seminars. Of these seminars, “Business and Finance” is dedicated to issues of corporate governance, business-governance relations, banking system and financial markets in China. “Consumerism and Marketing” delves into a selection of topics related to marketing in China such as social stratification, consumer behaviour, marketing research, media and advertising. “Chinese Firms in Global Markets” intensifies one specific aspect of China’s integration in the global economy, namely Chinese investments abroad, with analyses at the macro and micro (firm) level.

 

Module Case Study Analysis (elective)

In “Case Study Analysis” students are faced with a group tasks that can be a market research project, business plan development or a similar task. They get familiar with techniques of market analysis and project management. Case study topics are selected as realistic as possible and occasionally developed in cooperation with interested firms. Past examples have been market research for business models for electric mobility in China and business plan development for a new German beverage to be introduced to the Chinese market.

 

Modules Chinese and Commerce 1-4

These modules are required electives offered at Peking University.

 

Chinese Studies

Module Contemporary History and Political System of the PRC

This compulsory module comprises two lectures, namely the “Political System of the PRC” and “People’s Republic of China 2”, of the BA program “Modern China”.

Modules Transformation in Contemporary China 1-6

The Modules Transformation in Contemporary China each consists of two seminars offered in the Chinese Studies master program. Students are required to elect one module.

 

Economics

Students have to select one module at master level at the Departments of Economics.

 

Language courses (compulsory)

Modules Modern Chinese 1-3

Module Commercial Chinese

 

Entry Requirements

Required application documents (please do also read the FAQ):

  • Bachelor’s certificate in economics, business administration or an equivalent degree with a grade of 2.5 or better (accreditation of comparable degree programs is possible). A copy of the certificate should be handed in together with a copy of the diploma supplement. In case that the Bachelor’s degree has not yet been completed, documentation of the performance in the study program is to be provided.
  • Your BA degree should document at least 25 ECTS earned in mathematics, statistics or business informatics as well as 50 ECTS in general economics and business administration with a minimum of 15 ECTS each. If you lack ECTS in economics, up to ten ECTS can be compensated by ECTS in mathematics or business informatics earned beyond the 25 ECTS required for these subjects.
  • In addition, you should document 5 ECTS from classes on China’s economy or some equivalent.
  • Proof of English profiency (at least B2 level). Accepted certificates are: TOEFL certificate (at least 72 points), IELTS certificate (grade 6.0 or better), Cambridge First Certificate in English, German university entrance qualification (Abiturzeignis, English classes finished with grade "Befriedigend" or better), a foreign university entrance qualification that is equivalent to the German Abitur, or other proof that you already have finished training (e.g. an undergraduate degree) which required English skills equal to or better than the requirements listed above.
  • CV (German or English)
  • Letter of Motivation (English)

Applicants fulfilling all formal requirements and with a grade of 2.5 or better will be directly admitted, applicants fulfilling all formal requirements but with a grade below 2.5 will be invited for an interview to assess their qualification for the program. For more details on entry requirements please read the FAQ.

Application deadline for admission in September is 15 March each year.

For further inquiries please contact Andrea Funk (andrea.funk@uni-wuerzburg.de), but make sure to first read the FAQ.