Department of History
School of International Studies
   
   
  

BA (Hons) International Studies

Overview  | Modules  | Admissions  | Study abroad and exchange

Overview

This innovative degree offers an interdisciplinary programme designed to foster an integrated awareness of the complex and diverse forces that have combined to shape the world today. The course covers a wide spectrum from History, Politics and International Relations to Cultural Studies and Modern Languages. This presents a unique opportunity to bring a global perspective on the structures, dynamics and networks that determine the course of contemporary international affairs. Taking this degree allows the student to develop their knowledge and understanding of societies around the world. The specialised training received will enhance cultural awareness and intellectual faculties, including the analytical and communication skills essential for success in the rapidly changing international environment today.

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Modules

Foundation year

Semester one

ModuleCredits
Algebra for Physical Sciences and Engineering 10 credits
Engineering Communication and IT Skills 10 credits
Introduction to Business and Economics 15 credits
Introduction to IT 15 credits
Introduction to Programming and Algorithms 15 credits
Media and Texts: Society 15 credits
Oral Communication & Study 30 credits
Science A 10 credits
Sustainable Development in the Built Environment 10 credits
Written Communication & Study 30 credits

Semester two

ModuleCredits
Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques 15 credits
Introduction to Analytic Thought 15 credits
Introduction to Business Methods 15 credits

Introduction to Sustainable Energy Sources and

Technologies

15 credits
Maths for Computer Science 15 credits
Media and Texts: Culture 15 credits
Science B 15 credits
Western Civilisation 15 credits

Qualifying year (year two)

Semester one

ModuleCredits
Introduction to Comparative Politics 20 credits
Options 20 credits
Origins of Capitalism 20 credits

Semester two

ModuleCredits
Issues in Global Relations 20 credits
Options 20 credits
Understanding Global Relations 20 credits

Year three

Semester one

ModuleCredits
International Organisations 20 credits
Options 20 credits
International Political Economy 20 credits

Semester two

ModuleCredits
China and the World 20 credits
Options 20 credits
The Politics of Development 20 credits

Year four

Semester one

ModuleCredits
China and the World 20 credits
Options 20 credits
Dissertation I: Preliminary Analysis (Part I) 20 credits

Semester two

ModuleCredits
Dissertation II: Final Presentation (Part II) 20 credits
Options 20 credits

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Admissions

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Study abroad and exchange programmes

UNNC offers a number of opportunities for students to spend time studying at one of our partner institutions overseas. Students can spend three to six weeks, one semester or, in some cases, up to one year studying at another University overseas. Information about each of the options is available via the UNNC International Office website.

There are currently three types of programmes available:

  • Exchange: These places are offered at no additional tuition fee cost to students. You will continue to pay your usual tuition fee to UNNC. Exchange places are normally limited to only one semester at participating Universities. Exchange students take modules for credit at the partner institution that count towards their degree at UNNC.
  • Study Abroad: Students will be required to pay a study abroad fee to the host university instead of your usual UNNC tuition fee. Study Abroad students take modules for credit that count towards their degree at UNNC. In some cases, where permitted, a semester on Study Abroad can be combined with an Exchange semester (or another Study Abroad semester) for a total of up to one year.
  • Summer Institute/Summer School UK: These programmes are comprised of shorter periods of study during the summer. While participants take modules that do not count towards their degree at UNNC, students will receive a completion certificate and valuable international experience. Undergraduate students are entitled to spend a summer semester at the University of Nottingham UK campus at the end of their third year. Postgraduates will enjoy two to eight weeks of study in the University of Nottingham in the summer of their final year. This will be of particular value to their dissertation preparation.

In all cases, students will be expected to bear the costs of travel to/from the partner institution and local living expenses such as accommodation and food. Most of the places available on the above programmes are at the University of Nottingham, UK and the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Other partner Universities offer between two and ten places each. Due to the expected demand for such places, those selected for overseas study will be limited to only one of the 5 choices indicated on the application form. While UNNC will provide all possible assistance, the offer of a place on one of the above programmes is subject to the student meeting the receiving institution's admission requirements and obtaining the necessary visa.

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Department of History

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