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Business Studies and Japanese

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Business Studies and Japanese

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.  

Distinctive Features

  • in the first two years on the BSc degree course in Business Studies and Japanese you take modules from the Business Management degree course and begin your study of the Japanese language and Japan
  • during the first two years about twice as much class contact time is spent studying Japanese as is spent on the business studies modules
  • we place great emphasis on strengthening reading, writing, oral and aural skills. These vital communication skills are practiced and developed through regular classwork exercises, written work, use of video and audio material, and interaction with native speakers
  • your third year is spent at a Japanese university.

Admission requirements

AAB - ABB. Applicants holding a B in Japanese will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ 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.

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

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Program content

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Management: Theory and Evidence
  • Technology and the Digital Age
  • Principles of Marketing and Strategy
  • Japan in Context
  • Japanese for Post-A Level Learners
  • Elementary Japanese
  • Excellence in Managing Operations
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Study Programme in Japan (Semester - Autumn)
  • Study Programme in Japan (Semester - Spring)
  • Strategic Management
  • High-Level Proficiency in Japanese Language
  • Ethics and Morality of Business
  • Organisational Analysis and Change
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Cultural Marketing
  • Business Design
  • Final Year Dissertation - Japanese (in English/Welsh)
  • Memory & Symbols in Japan

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,450


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

Career Prospects

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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