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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International Communication Studies

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
Fees35700/Yr
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 StudyCommunication & Broadcasting
Course Description

You will study a range of core compulsory modules in all years to give you a thorough grounding in international media and communications. You will also take additional compulsory or optional modules from within the school orfaculty, with English language and literature students and film and television studies students having compulsory modules relevant to their specific areas of study. 

A unique aspect of our degree programmes is the compulsory language component, where you will learn a new modern language – either French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish. You will graduate with a high level of spoken and written fluency in your chosen language,improving not only your grasp of another language and culture, but also dramatically enhancing your employability in the globally competitive job market. 

You may also apply for a range of summer internships within the Malaysian and international media and communication industry throughout your degree. This internship programme is facilitated by our staff’s range of industry connections as well as staff in our schools in the UK and China. You will also have the chance to apply for mobility exchanges to the UK or China Campuses in your second and third years of study.

Curriculum

Year one

Typical core modules

  • Beginners French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish 
    (full year)
  • Communication and Culture
  • Cultures of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Communications Theory
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Linguistics*
  • Producing Film And Television**
  • Reading Film And Television**
  • Studying Literature*

 

Year two 

Typical core modules

    • Cultural Politics
    • Film and TV in Social and Cultural Context**
    • Intermediate French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)
    • Introduction to Interpreting and Translation (elective)
    • Political Communication, Public Relations And Propaganda
    • Researching Culture, Film And Media (full year)
    • Transnational Media** 

Plus one literature and one linguistics module from the School of English


Year three 

Typical core modules

  • Advanced French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish 
    (full year)
  • Cultural, Film and Media Dissertation (full year)
  • Documentary Film and Documentary Practice**
  • Media and Conflict
  • Modern British Fiction*
  • Patterns, Functions and Descriptions of English*
  • South East Asian Film**
  • Writing For The Media

 

* Compulsory for English language and literature students only. 
** Compulsory for film and television studies 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 Campus Foundation Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education or Business and Management programme with no failed modules

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:  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 (with no less than 55 in each element)
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

 

Intake Months

September 

Career Prospects

An international communications degree is your passport to a variety of rewarding professions. Likely career fields include: the audio-visual, digital 
and print media industries; marketing; production; public relations; and research.

Career paths in these fields include advertising account executives, copywriters and creative roles, news editors, journalists and reporters. 
Other career options include:arts or heritage administration and management; the civilservice, diplomatic or embassy work and government service; non-governmental organisations, politics and think-tanks; and consultancy, human resources, management and recruitment within the international business environment. 

Graduates with a passion for language can pursue interpreting, publishing and translation roles and others may continue their studies and pursue research and/or teaching.

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


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