BA Modern Language and Business & Management (Japanese) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

The BA Modern Language and Business and Management (Japanese) course gives you a thorough grounding in the language and culture of Japan, as well as the principles of business and management and their application in global workplaces.

Language study offers more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of Japan, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support, cutting-edge facilities, and the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

Studying abroad at partner universities and in professional environments in Japan gives you an unforgettable and invaluable experience.

In Year 4, you can choose to focus on either business and management or Japanese studies.

Special features

University Language Centre
Take advantage of the library, language labs and multimedia facilities at the University Language Centre.

Develop your leadership skills

Get the edge in today's globalised business environment on the Manchester Leadership Programme , which includes local volunteering and guest visits from international business managers.

Residence abroad

You can study and/or work for up to a year in a country relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your language skills in a native-speaker environment.

Collaborations and partnerships

We have links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:

  • Confucius Institute - a hub for Chinese culture.
  • Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture.
  • HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film.
  • Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.

Societies

Join the Japan Society North West for an exciting range of cultural events such as sushi-making, Taiko drumming workshops, dining and the annual Japan Day celebration.

There are over 30 international and language-related student societies offering cultural activities and experiences.

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.

For every hour of university study, you will need to complete a further 2 to 3 hours of independent study.

This could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.

We advise you to learn the hiragana script prior to starting your course; guidance on materials to help with this can be obtained from language tutors.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed through:

  • written and oral examinations;
  • presentations;
  • coursework (including web-based and library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection);
  • a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.

Course content for year 1

Your time will be divided equally between your language and culture and business and management studies.

Compulsory units introduce finance, management, microeconomics and macroeconomics, and develop transferable skills. You choose two further options across management, finance and economics units.

Year 1 and 2 include an Independent Language Learning Programme where you build up a portfolio of independent work by making linguistic notes on Japanese videos, satellite TV or newspapers.

This enables you to develop your linguistic and independent learning, a requirement in today's society.

The programme also puts emphasis on core language structures to secure a foundation to progress onto higher levels.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Mandatory
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Japanese Studies JAPA10030 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 1 JAPA51011 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 2 JAPA51022 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 3 JAPA51031 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 4 JAPA51042 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Business Economics BMAN10612 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Exploring Enterprise MCEL10001 10 Optional
Entrepreneurial Skills MCEL10002 10 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 22 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

You continue with an even distribution between business and management and Japanese studies.

Alongside one compulsory unit, you tailor your business studies by choosing from a range of options.

You have the chance to study Leadership in Action with national leaders as part of the Manchester Leadership Programme. You can also put your learning into practice with local charities and social enterprises by participating in the Manchester Enterprise Challenge.

The language course units in Year 2 continue to build competence, and the Independent Language Learning Portfolio and learning partnerships are central to this process.

In addition, you develop your studies in areas such as Japanese history, religion, society and culture, and begin to prepare for residence abroad.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Firms and Management in Comparative Perspective BMAN22000 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 3 JAPA51031 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 4 JAPA51042 20 Mandatory
Japanese Language 5 JAPA51050 20 Mandatory
Work Psychology for Career Success BMAN20022 10 Optional
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation BMAN20792 10 Optional
Managing Business Operations BMAN20811 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Creativity, Design & Entrepreneurship BMAN24241 20 Optional
Organisations and Employment BMAN24521 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON20192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON20212 10 Optional
Quantitative Methods ECON20222 20 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON20232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON20262 10 Optional
Development Economics: Growth, Capital Accumulation and Structural Change ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics: Understanding Poverty ECON20332 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIB ECON20352 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Introduction to Japanese Studies JAPA10030 20 Optional
Core Themes in Animated Film and Visual Culture of Postwar Japan JAPA20131 20 Optional
Religion in Japan JAPA20212 20 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia JAPA23002 20 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20022 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20032 10 Optional
Entrepreneur: Innovator and Risk-Taker UCIL24002 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 42 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Year 3 is spent abroad under approved conditions at a partner university:

Chuo University, Dokkyo University, Fukuoka Women's University, Hiroshima University, Hitotsubashi University, Hokkaido University, Kanagawa University, Kansai Gaidai University, Keio University, Kobe University, Kyoto University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Meiji University, Meiji Gakuin University, Nanzan University, Ochanomizu University, Oita University, Osaka University, Rikkyo University, Ritsumeikan University, Saitama University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Waseda University, and Yamagata University.

Course content for year 4

There is a broad range of specialised units available in business, management, accounting and finance, economics and entrepreneurship. You can also do a dissertation on the language side of your degree.

You can take up to two-thirds of your units in either business and management or language and cultural studies. You will select units in religion, historical, cultural and social science areas.

The language teaching programme continues to develop your skills and has specialised strands for either Translation (Japanese to English) or Business Japanese Communication.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Mandatory
Japanese Language 6 JAPA51060 20 Mandatory
Management of Knowledge and Innovation BMAN30010 20 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Strategy BMAN30022 10 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Investment Economics and Innovation BMAN31212 10 Optional
Entrepreneurship and Venturing BMAN31972 20 Optional
Case Studies In Digital Transformation BMAN32051 10 Optional
Consumers and Markets BMAN32161 10 Optional
The Chinese Economy ECON30102 10 Optional
Mathematical Economics II ECON30290 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON30320 20 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Financial Economics ECON30432 10 Optional
Topics in Development Economics ECON30451 20 Optional
Topics in Economic History ECON30511 20 Optional
Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
Climate Change Economics and Policy ECON32111 10 Optional
Behavioural Economics ECON32152 20 Optional
Dissertation in Japanese Studies JAPA30000 40 Optional
Bodies, Sex and Gender in Japan JAPA33071 20 Optional
Buddhism in Japan JAPA33082 20 Optional
Japanese Language 5 JAPA51050 20 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30011 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30012 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Enterprise Strategy and Marketing MCEL30051 10 Optional
Enterprise Feasibility MCEL30052 10 Optional
Climate Change and Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 4

Facilities

The University Language Centre is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite and purpose-built recording rooms.

The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.

Learn more on the Facilities page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk