Business Studies and Japanese (BSc)

As a student at Cardiff University, you will gain a sound knowledge of business as well as become proficient in Japanese and gain a clear understanding of Japan itself.

Japan is an exciting country, and one that inspires much interest. It remains the world's second largest economy with businesses and other organisations continuing to need graduates who can understand Japanese as well as Japan. 

Your third year will be spent in Japan, providing you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the Japanese way of life. As part of one of the leading Business Schools, the Cardiff Japanese Studies Centre strives for excellence in all areas of its operations with a number of research-active staff.

Key facts

Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places available
Typical applications received
Typical A level offerAAB, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies. Grade B in GCSE Maths is also required
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Maths and English (Standard Level) with scores of 5
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

General Business and Management, Languages and related studies

Admissions tutor(s)

Mr Kevin Stagg, Admissions Tutor

Dr Christopher Hood, Course Administrator

Dr Christopher Hood, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published in July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

This is a four year degree of which the third year is spent in Japan.

In the first two years on the BSc degree programme in Business Studies and Japanese you take modules from the Business Management degree programme and begin your study of the Japanese language and Japan (studying the same Japanese modules as those done by the Joint Honours BA students). During this time approximately twice as much class contact time is spent studying Japanese as is spent on the business studies modules.

Year one

In the first year you will take modules in the Japanese language, which are designed to introduce the language and its writing system. You will also study key points from Japanese history, so that further study of the modern country can be pursued in later years.

Year two

In the second year you will take further modules in Japanese, which are designed to increase the facility with which you can comprehend and use more advanced Japanese. At the same time, your knowledge of Japan and Japanese society is increased through lectures and seminars on modern Japanese society.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Marketing and StrategyBS254020 credits
Intermediate Japanese (Autumn)ML259620 credits
Operations ManagementBS258220 credits
Managing PeopleBS254220 credits
Contemporary Japanese SocietyML259520 credits
Intermediate Japanese (Spring)ML269620 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

The year in Japan is spent studying in a Japanese university with which the Centre has an exchange agreement. By this stage you should have a sufficient command of the spoken language to operate comfortably in Japan and gain the maximum benefit from your period of study there.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Study Programme in JapanML4006120 credits

Year four

In the final year, you return to Cardiff to continue with your business studies, and also to further augment your knowledge of the Japanese language and Japan through more advanced study of the Japanese language and study of a key aspect of modern Japan.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Advanced JapaneseML542120 credits
Strategic ManagementBS354320 credits
Japanese Studies Research ProjectML542520 credits
Japanese & Asian Management SystemsBS374320 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Ethics and Morality of BusinessBS372820 credits
Marketing Decision MakingBS374120 credits
International BusinessBS374420 credits
Japanese for BusinessML542220 credits
Japanese for HumanitiesML542320 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Cardiff Business School's teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons from their most recent research into the classroom, giving students access to the latest information and critical business thinking.

You will find that the phrase 'learning and teaching' is commonly used in UK universities. This phrase emphasises the two-way nature of the process in which you will be taking part. You, we hope, will be doing the learning; we will be providing not only teaching, but also many other things which contribute to a good environment for learning, such as computer resources, a  well-stocked library, suitable lecture rooms, and so on.

The Business School and University will provide good quality teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to the needs and views of you, our students. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (classes/seminars/workshops/tutorials). 

In the lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of an aspect of the module content (as well as giving opportunities for the student to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Independent study

All modules will require a considerable element of independent study alongside the formal scheduled teaching. Independent study is designed so that you can expand on the knowledge given to you during lectures, seminars and tutorials. Independent study is an important component of Higher Education because it helps you to develop the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation, which in turn leads to you developing transferable skills, helps you to learn how to respond to change and it is key to ensuring that you have sufficient understanding of the subject you are studying. The amount of independent study you are expected to undertake will increase throughout the duration of your degree as your expertise also increases.

Office hours

All academic staff in the Business School have designated office hours when they are available to meet with students and these are posted on their office doors along with their contact details. Office hours provide an important source of contact with your lecturers and enable you to ask questions you may not wish to ask in a large class setting. This time can help you to clarify anything you have been taught that is unclear or can give you advice on further reading or preparation for assignments.

Personal tutors

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree programme and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. It is normally the personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. Students are required to meet with their personal tutors at three points during the year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors.

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.

In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.


4 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

The School admits 550 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes

Applications received

Typical applications received



QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

General Business and Management, Languages and related studies

Overview and aims of this course/programme

Please contact the Business School

What should I know about year five?

Students will be expected to attend all timetabled sessions and are also expected to engage in independent study. They will receive supervision to help them complete the dissertation, but will be expected to manage their own time to undertake significant independent study during this phase. 

Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.

How is this course/programme structured?

Please contact the Business School

What should I know about year four?

No specific equipment required

What should I know about year three?

Please see Learning Outcomes.

What should I know about the preliminary year?

Please contact the Business School

What should I know about year one?

Please contact the Business School

Other information

Students obtain support materials either via Learning Central (Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment) or from study packs specially developed for selected modules. All students are allocated a personal tutor. Additional support and advice is available where necessary from the School’s Senior Personal Tutor for Postgraduate Taught Students. 

Distinctive features


Intended Outcomes:  Upon completion of the scheme a typical* student will be able to:

  • have a thorough knowledge of Human Resource Management and Marketing and a basic knowledge of the other aspects of Business Administration.
  • have the knowledge to be able converse in Japanese in both social and working environments
  • have an understanding of modern Japanese society and its history and culture.


Intended Outcomes:  Upon completion of the scheme a typical student will be able to:

  • have a firm understanding of a variety of techniques for analysing and solving practical problems in business organizations.
  • have the skills to be able to read and translate from English into Japanese, and vice versa, contemporary information such as newspaper articles and academic writings.


In respect of transferable discipline-specific skills, upon completion of the Business Studies and Japanese Degree Scheme a typical student will be expected to be able to:

  • analyse patterns of organisational behaviour to identify key variables and relationships, highlight trends, and determine predictors, which can be used by decision-makers;
  • understand and evaluate the role of incentives and strategic thinking in achieving organisational effectiveness;
  • be able to identify key parts of sentences in both Japanese and English so that they can be translated in the appropriate order;
  • be able to produce both an understandable English version of the Japanese text, and also explain the reasons why words or grammatical structure were altered in translation to make it more understandable;
  • summarise key events in Japanese history so that it can be explained to a non-specialist;
  • highlight the key events in Japanese post-war economic, political, educational and social development and change so that they can be explained to a non-specialist;
  • apply deductive reasoning and logical analysis;
  • integrate factual information in an appropriate manner.

In respect of transferable core skills, upon completion of the Business Studies and Japanese Degree Scheme a typical student will be expected to be able to:

  • work individually and independently on class and reference materials;
  • improve their ability to express ideas and information using a wide range of vocabulary;
  • solve specific problems in small class groups, share information, develop collaborative techniques, and communicate ideas;
  • use libraries and electronic information sources;
  • develop written and oral communication skills;
  • develop logical, succinct and insightful written arguments on specific subject areas;
  • deliver oral presentations on specific topics.

How will I be taught?


Admissions tutors

Mr Kevin Stagg, Admissions Tutor

Dr Christopher Hood, Course Administrator

Dr Christopher Hood, Admissions Tutor

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