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BBK BEI & SWUFE SIB Pathways

Birkbeck (BBK), School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI) is partnered with South Western University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), School of International Business (SIB) in the People’s Republic of China. The partnership provides collaborative pathways for SWUFE SIB students to study in BBK BEI, especially in the Department of Management.

The partnership offers a range of benefits to students and staff at both universities, including:

  • a visiting staff programme;
  • a joint university collaboration on PhD programmes;
  • undergraduate pathways;
  • postgraduate pathways.

Information for Students

All pathways are only open to students enrolled at SWUFE SIB. There are two categories of BBK-SWUFE student, with different pathways available to them. Table 1 identifies which category a student will be part of and Table 2 indicates which pathways are available to them as part of that category. All pathways are subject to limited places being available and further terms of the partnership agreement in place. Table 3 indicates the eligible programmes, referred to as List A and List B.

Table 1: BBK-SWUFE Student Categories and Criteria

Category

Criteria

BBK-SWUFE Pathways Group

1. Obtain the minimum required score* for the undergraduate course of “International Economy & Trade”, or that of “International Business”,  from China’s National University Entry Examination;

2. Pass an oral English test.

Dual Degree International Business (DDIB) Group

 

1. Obtain the minimum required score* for the undergraduate course of “International Economy & Trade”, or that of “International Business”,  from China’s National University Entry Examination;

2. Pass an oral English test.

*The maximum number of students for each degree programme from each public university is subject to approval by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Scores may vary and there are quotas in place based on the student’s geographical location when applying to SWUFE SIB. Please see further information on China’s university entry procedure.

Table 2: Pathways and Eligible Categories

Pathway

Brief Description

Eligible Group

Dual Bachelor’s Degree in International Business

Students will study 3 years at SWUFE SIB, with BEI teaching their modules at SWUFE SIB in China during this time. Students will then apply for direct entry to year 3 of the BA Management programme. After successful completion, the students will receive a degree from SWUFE (BSc International Business) and a degree from BBK (BA Management).

Dual Degree International Business (DDIB) Group

 

Dual-Bachelor’s degree

(2+2 Programme)

Direct entry to year 2 of an approved BEI degree (List A) for undergraduate students who have completed 2 years at SWUFE SIB, providing Birkbeck’s entry criteria are met.

BBK-SWUFE Pathways Group

Dual-Bachelor’s degree plus Master’s degree

(3+1+1 Programme)

Direct entry to an extended year 3 of an approved BEI degree (List A) for undergraduate students who have completed 3 years at SWUFE SIB, providing Birkbeck’s entry criteria are met. Students who achieve a second class honours degree or higher may then progress directly to an approved BEI Master’s programme (List B).

BBK-SWUFE Pathways Group

SWUFE Bachelor’s to Birkbeck Master’s Progression

SWUFE SIB undergraduates who have completed the SWUFE Bachelor’s degree may progress onto a BEI taught postgraduate programme in London.

BBK-SWUFE Pathways Group

Dual-Master’s degree

(1+1+1 Programme)

SWUFE postgraduate students shall study at SWUFE for the first year. Students meeting the BEI entry requirements shall come to London to study at BEI for the second year during which time they will complete one of the identified Master’s Degree programmes in the Department of Management (List B). Application can be made to study in other departments in the School by arrangement.

BBK-SWUFE Pathways Group

PhD Programme Collaboration

BEI is prepared to help identify supervisors and accept up to 2 SWUFE applicants if they meet BEI’s entry criteria: Students who have achieved good first (Xueshi 70%) or second degrees (Shuoshi – 75%), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, demonstrate good research ability and offer a strong research proposal.

BBK-SWUFE Pathways Group

 

Table 3: Eligible Programmes

Undergraduate (List A)

Postgraduate (List B)

BSc Accounting

MSc Accounting and Financial Management

BA Accounting and Management

MSc Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

BSc Accounting and Management with Finance

MSc Business Innovation with E-business

BSc Accounting with Finance

MSc Business Innovation with International Technology Management

BSc Business

MSc Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

BA Management

MSc Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability

BSc Marketing

MSc Creative Industries

BSc Financial Economics

MSc Economics

BSc Economics and Business

MSc Finance

BSc Economic and Social Policy

MSc International Business

MSc International Business and Development

 

MSc International Management

 

MSc International Marketing

 

MSc Investment Management

 

MSc Management

 

MSc Marketing

 

MSc Marketing Communications

 

MSc Sport Management

 

MSc Sport Management and the Business of Football

 

MSc Sport Marketing

 

How to Apply

Dual Bachelor’s Degree in International Business

SWUFE students who met the criteria of the Dual Degree International Business (DDIB) Group will also be required to meet the BBK entry criteria outlined in Table 4. Please see the specific information relating to the Dual Bachelor’s Degree in International Business.

Dual-Bachelor’s Degree (2+2 Programme)

Students who meet the eligibility criteria (Table 4) should apply to their preferred course from List A through UCAS, consulting the Mapping Document [link coming soon] for advice on how the programmes align and any restrictions.

When applying through UCAS, please indicate “point of entry” as “2”. Please note that if you are required to take the pre-sessional English course (at an additional cost) within the entry requirements, you must apply before the UCAS deadline (18:00 UK time on 30 June 2018). However, we strongly recommend all eligible students apply as early as possible as applications through UCAS Clearing may be rejected.

Dual-Bachelor’s Degree Plus Master’s Degree (3+1+1 Programme)

Students who meet the eligibility criteria (Table 4) should apply to their preferred course from List A through UCAS, consulting the Mapping Document [link coming soon] for advice on how the programmes align and any restrictions.

When applying through UCAS, please indicate “point of entry” as “3”. Please note that if you are required to take the pre-sessional English course (at an additional cost) within the entry requirements, you must apply before the UCAS deadline (18:00 UK time on 30 June 2018). However, we strongly recommend all eligible students apply as early as possible as applications through UCAS Clearing may be rejected.

Eligible students may then apply to their preferred course from List B, receiving advice whilst at Birkbeck by their personal tutor.

SWUFE Bachelor’s to Birkbeck Master’s Progression

Students who meet the eligibility criteria (Table 4) should apply to their preferred course from List B directly through the Birkbeck website (via the relevant course listing). If you experience difficulties you can use our Ask Us function or contact the School (see Contact Us).

Dual-Master’s Degree (1+1+1 Programme)

Students who meet the eligibility criteria (Table 4) should apply to their preferred course from List B directly through the Birkbeck website (via the relevant course listing). If you experience difficulties you can use our Ask Us function or contact the School (see Contact Us).

PhD Programme Collaboration

Students who meet the eligibility criteria (Table 4) should contact Professor Xiaming Liu to register their interest in this pathway.

Birkbeck will offer the students a Birkbeck-SWUFE PhD Scholar’s Award which will reduce the students’ tuition fee to the Home/EU level for the duration of the programme, up to a maximum of 3 years. This will be awarded on an annual basis subject to performance.

Table 4: Birkbeck Entry Requirements

Pathway

Birkbeck Entry Requirements

Dual Bachelor’s Degree in International Business

Must be enrolled at SWUFE.

Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in their Bachelor’s (Xueshi) degree courses at SWUFE and IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no individual score lower than 6.0. Any SWUFE students with IELTS 6.0 will join a pre-sessional English course prior to starting the programme. Students must obtain the relevant visa (generally tier 4) to study in the UK, meeting all requirements.

Dual-Bachelor’s degree

(2+2 Programme)

Must be enrolled at SWUFE.

Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in their Bachelor’s (Xueshi) degree courses at SWUFE and IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no individual score lower than 6.0. Any SWUFE students with IELTS 6.0 will join a pre-sessional English course prior to starting the programme. Students must obtain the relevant visa (generally tier 4) to study in the UK, meeting all requirements.

Dual-Bachelor’s degree plus Master’s degree

(3+1+1 Programme)

Must be enrolled at SWUFE.

Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in their Bachelor’s (Xueshi) degree courses at SWUFE and IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no individual score lower than 6.0. Any SWUFE students with IELTS 6.0 will join a pre-sessional English course prior to starting the programme. Students must obtain the relevant visa (generally tier 4) to study in the UK, meeting all requirements.  The student must then meet the standard entry requirement for a Master’s programme at BEI, a second class honours degree or higher.

SWUFE Bachelor’s to Birkbeck Master’s Progression

Must be enrolled at SWUFE.

Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in their Bachelor’s (Xueshi) degree courses at SWUFE and IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no individual score lower than 6.0. Any SWUFE students with IELTS 6.0 will join a pre-sessional English course prior to starting the programme. Students must obtain the relevant visa (generally tier 4) to study in the UK, meeting all requirements.

Dual-Master’s degree

(1+1+1 Programme)

Must be enrolled at SWUFE.

Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in their Master’s (Shuoshi) programme courses at SWUFE and IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no individual score lower than 6.0. Any SWUFE students with IELTS 6.0 will join a pre-sessional English course prior to starting the programme. Students must obtain the relevant visa (generally tier 4) to study in the UK, meeting all requirements.

PhD Programme Collaboration

Students who have achieved good first (Xueshi 70%) or second degrees (Shuoshi – 75%), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, demonstrate good research ability and offer a strong research proposal.

 

General Information for International Students

Please refer to Birkbeck’s International Office for further information related to international students, including accommodation, visa information and study skills support. You can also follow Birkbeck on Weibo (search “Birkbeck University”).

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Assistant School Manager, Internationalisation and Partnerships.