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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International Relations

Offered by: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
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Exam BodyThe University of Nottingham, UK
Course Duration3 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)41900/Yr
FacultyFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudySocial Sciences
Course Description

International relations studies the complex relations between states and international organisations in areas such as economics, law, politics and security. Core questions include: what is security, what causes conflict, what is power and how is it exercised and justified? It also investigates deeper questions relating to how we understand and conceptualise contemporary global transformations. Our programme offers a balance between theory and practice. You will gain a broad understanding ofthe key theories and concepts associated with international relations as well as gaining practical experience of the policy process. Instrumental in this is our flagship module, Policy and Persuasion, which will prepare you to participate actively in many fields of work, including politics, advocacy and business.

Your first year will introduce you to the key analytical approaches used in the study of global politics, drawing on international political events in historical and contemporary settings. Your second year modules will focus on contemporary history, global society, political economy and security and prepare you for your final year dissertation by providing training in research techniques. You may pursue your own independent research project during your third year while taking optional modules based on the research expertise of our staff. 


Year one

Typical core modules

  • Approaches to Global Politics
  • Governing the World
  • Introduction to European Union Politics
  • Power and Contest: Living in a Political World

Typical optional modules

  • Beginners French/German/Japanese/Korean/Mandarin/Spanish*
  • Cultures of Everyday Life
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Mass Media
  • People, Work and Organisations
  • The Individual 2: Individual Differences
  • The Making of Modern Asia

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Global Political Economy and International Development
  • International Relations of the Asia Pacific
  • International Security
  • The Contemporary World Since 1945

Typical optional modules

  • Cultural Politics
  • Global Media and Communication
  • Intermediate French/German/Japanese/Korean/Mandarin/Spanish*
  • Introduction to Citizenship
  • People, Groups and Society
  • Political Communication, Public Relations and Propaganda
  • Understanding the Malay World

Year three

Typical core modules

  • Dissertation: Politics, History and International Relations (for non-language students)

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced French/German/Japanese/Korean/ Mandarin/Spanish*
  • Asian Country Study: Thailand
  • Asian Study Tour: Thailand
  • Food, Hunger and Development
  • Nationalism and the State: Themes and Perspectives from Contemporary Southeast Asia
  • Policy and Persuasion
  • Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
  • Regionalism in World Politics: The Case of ASEAN 

*International relations with a language students only.


Entry Requirements
Entry requirements
A Level BBC, excluding critical thinking and general studies
IB Diploma 28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level
STPM B+B+B excluding Pengajian Am
UEC 1 A and 4 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
SAM or other Australian matriculations
ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).
Canadian (CIMP/ICPU)  86% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).
College Placement Test (US Style Curriculum) Minimum final GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) in High
School Diploma plus, a score of 1200 in SATr 
and 650, 650, 600 in SAT Subject Tests or 
4, 4, 3 in Advanced Placement Tests. Students taking group B subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.
Advance Placement (AP)

Applicants who are taking Advanced Placement 
Tests in addition to another recognised qualification (not US style curriculum), may be considered on a case-by-case basis without the SATr and SAT Subject Tests

Diploma - Other Institutions Acceptance to the second year is on a case 
by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made 
based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
Foundation - Other Institutions  Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 
(out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be 
made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements 
to the programme
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation  Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts or the Foundation in Business and Management programmes

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

English language requirements
IELTS:  6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements) 

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C  

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature: 

grade C 
PTE (Academic): 62 (minimum 55)
SPM:  grade A-
1119 (GCE-O): grade B
GCSE O Level:  grade C

IGCSE (first language):

grade C 

IGCSE (second language):  

grade B 
MUET Band 5
UEC:  grade A2
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher): 4 points 
IB English B (Higher Level): 4 points 
IB English B (Standard Level): 5 points 
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test


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Career Prospects

Our degrees will equip you for a career in a variety of fields including aid and non-governmental sectors, finance and international businesses, foreign ministries, international media and journalism, international organisations, localand national government, lobbying and policy advice and think-tanks. The school is building up its alumni network both to keep in contact as well as explore ways of connecting current students with alumni in the world of work after graduation

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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