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Business Studies and Japanese

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2022

Program description

Business Studies and Japanese (Research)

The School of Modern Languages and Cardiff Business School aim to educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining Business Studies with Japanese, a major world language, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

As a joint honours student, you will find that there are often complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills that link subjects, such as critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. You will spend a similar amount of time on each subject, benefiting from developing your understanding of Business and acquiring a high level of proficiency in your chosen language.

Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world, with Japanese businesses and organisations continuing to need English-speaking graduates who can understand Japanese and who are knowledgeable of Japanese culture and society.

In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in Japan, providing you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the Japanese way of life.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative, and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves exploring many aspects of a country, and at Cardiff we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in the Japanese language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of modern and contemporary Japanese, culture, politics and society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB. If you have grade B in Japanese at A-level you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year One

In the first year you will take 60 credits in Japanese and 60 credits in Business Studies.

Modules in Japanese are designed to introduce you to the language and its writing system. You will also study key points from Japanese history, so you can pursue further study of the modern country in later years. In year one, around twice as much class contact time is spent studying Japanese as is spent on the Business Studies modules.

Year Two

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Management: Theory and Evidence
  • Technology and the Digital Age
  • Principles of Marketing and Strategy
  • Excellence in Managing Operations
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Japan in Context
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Japanese Culture and Society

Year Three

  • Study Programme in Japan (Semester - Autumn)
  • Study Programme in Japan (Semester - Spring)

Year Four

  • Strategic Management
  • High-Level Proficiency in Japanese Language

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,700 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, such as:

  • Linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, society, and history of Japan
  • Communicating and presenting information, ideas and debates (orally and in writing) individually and as part of a team
  • Analytical thinking and critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice)
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Using information technology (linguistic software, word processing, databases, the internet)
  • Developing practical research skills
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments
  • Working independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management
  • Showing a commitment to continuous learning and development

In addition, the year abroad should have positive impact on your personal development, maturity and self-confidence.

Career opportunities

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s MA Translation degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

There is still a significant shortage of graduates with competence in the Japanese language and an understanding of the intricacies of Japanese culture and working practices. As a result, there is a considerable range of career opportunities open to graduates, particularly in the commercial sector.

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