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BA (Hons) International Relations (3+0)

Offered by: Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)
Exam BodyStaffordshire University, UK
Course Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
FeesYear 1: RM 23,800 + £250
Year 2: RM 24,500 + £250
Year 3: RM 25,500 + £250
Total: RM 73,800 + £750
Fees (International Student)Year 1: RM 25,200 (USD 6,000) + £250
Year 2: RM 26,800 (USD 6,390) + £250
Year 3: RM 27,300 (USD 6,500) + £250
Total: RM 79,300 (USD 18,890) + £750
FacultyBusiness, Management, Marketing, Tourism & Media
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyBusiness Management & Administration
Course Description

The BA (Hons) in International Relations 3+0 in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK aims to produce graduates who are reflective and critical learners, with a global perspective, and who are prepared for the world of work.  This is achieved through a number of measures: 

  • Across all levels of the degrees and across all Environmental modules, we aim to provide our graduates with discipline expertise. We instill a critical knowledge of the discipline that is underpinned by the experience, research and scholarship of the academic staff and which strives to reflect the key environmental issues that affect the world in which we live.
  • As part of our commitment to ensuring that graduates demonstrate professionalism, we aim to produce graduates who are equipped to enter the world of work and are enterprising or entrepreneurial by nature.  We use tutorial modules, practical work, field work, dissertations and professional practice, to develop and refine the transferable skills (and the confidence and proficiencies that such skills endow) that create graduates with the abilities that employers seek. In addition, modules develop knowledge and skills that relate directly to issues that are important to all businesses in today’s global environment.
  • In order to capitalize on the knowledge and understanding that the degree aims to develop, effective communication and an ability to work in teams and with diverse stakeholders, are seen as essential attributes of our graduates. The development of communication, presentation and team working skills lie at the heart of the degree and are nurtured from first principles to a high level of proficiency in many of the thematic modules and, especially, through tutorial programmes.  
  • Employers also value independence of thought and a creative ability to find solutions. The degree enables students to take ownership of their learning – whether individually or in groups – and encourages independence of thought and problem-solving across a spectrum of activities: in the conduct of a research dissertation; in critical reading and writing in thematic modules; or in tutorial discussions and presentations.

These are essential attributes of the critical, reflective and life-long learners that graduates are expected to become. Throughout the three years of the degree, students are encouraged to develop their understanding through critical reflection; to question different views and perspectives and to use both their generic and specialist skills to recognize and resolve problems.

Increasingly those problems are set in a global context and globalisation and global citizenship are central to the way that graduates of this degree look at the world. The majority of the thematic modules that structure these awards explore understandings of how global systems work; how those systems impact upon individuals; and how graduates can work professionally to manage global issues. In addition the degree explores issues of sustainability and the environment.  Atmospheric and many other pollutions are inevitably global issues as they know no boundaries and are included here because sustainability and the environment are increasingly important global issues, including the international competition for scarce resources such as oil and water.


Year 1 (Core)

  • Cinema Film Analysis
  • Issues in World Politics
  • Making History: Debating the Past
  • Making History: Local & Global Perspectives
  • Modern Political Ideas
  • Philosophy, Life and Existence
  • Sustainable Lifestyles & Communities
  • War, Peace & Cooperation

Year 2 (Core)

  • Environmental Policy, Legislation & Regulation
  • Concepts in International Relations
  • Dissertation: Preparation Plan
  • Money, Trade and Development
  • Development of the Global System
  • International Security
  • Broadcast Journalism and Government
  • South Asian History, Politics and Culture

Year 2 (Internship)

Year 3 (Core)

  • Journalism Project I
  • Journalism Project II
  • Understanding Photojournalism
  • Reporting Live I
  • Reporting Live II
  • Reporting Live III
  • Work Placement + Career Development I
  • Work Placement + Career Development II

In addition to the above, all students are required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from people with a wide variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Applications are individually assessed. However typically you will have:

  • Route 1:  Entry to Year 1 Degree
    • 2 Principal passes at STPM Level and 4 credit passes at SPM, 
    • 2 Passes at “A” Levels and 4 Grade C Passes at O Levels/GCSE, or
    • The APU / APIIT Foundation or equivalent
    • A Qualification accepted by APU as equivalent to the above
  • Route 2: Direct Entry to Year 2 Degree
    • Successful completion of the relevant APIIT Diploma, or
    • Successful completion of study in another recognised institution with academic credits equivalent to level 4 of an honours degree in relevant subjects

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

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