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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Asian and International Studies

Offered by: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
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Exam BodyThe University of Nottingham
Course Duration3 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)39900/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 studies is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world that provides students with an opportunity to explore the emergence of international or even global society, the emergence of new identities and politics, and the emergence of culture as a major factor of international life. While recognising global diversity,  international studies with an Asian focus allows students to draw connections between the increasing globalisation of life and how these work out in an Asian context, including  work, business, cultural transactions and politics. Core topics include: globalisation, the nature of development in different regions, identity politics, gender, comparative politics, and mobility. 

In your first year of study you will focus on modern Asian history, approaches to understanding international relations, and take introductory modules on politics and culture. In your second year of study modules cover the international  relations of the Asia Pacific, global media and Southeast Asia. In your final year you focus on studies of nationalism, international organisations and have the option of taking a  study tour. Teaching will be by a combination of lectures, role plays, field trips, problem solving exercises and presentations.


Year 1

Typical core modules

  • Approaches to Global Politics
  • Cultures of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Power and Contest: Living in a political world
  • The Making of Modern Asia 
Typical optional modules
  • Asian language options: Mandarin, Japanese or Korean 
  • Approaches to Film and Television
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Economy and Society
  • People and Organisations 

Year 2

Typical core modules

  • Cultural Politics
  • Global Media and Communication
  • International Relations of the Asia Pacific
  • Introduction to Citizenship
Typical optional modules 
  • Asian Economic Development
  • Asian language options: Mandarin, Japanese or Korean
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context
  • Global Political Economy and International Development
  • Southeast Asia and the Global Economy
  • Understanding the Malay World 

Year 3

Typical core modules

  • Asian Country Study 
  • International Organisation
  • Nationalism and the State
  • Regionalism in Southeast Asia 
Typical optional modules  
  • Asian Business Environment 
  • Dissertation
  • Human Resource Management 1 and 2
  • Managing in Asia
  • Media and Conflict
  • Writing for the Media
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Foundation  Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education or Business and Management programme
A level BBB excluding general studies
IB Diploma 28 points with 5,5,4, at Higher Level and 4 points in mathematics at Standard or Higher Level
STPM B+B+B+ excluding Pengajian Am
UEC 4 As, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
SAM or other Australian matriculations Applicants with these backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and are welcome to contact the school beforehand if they wish to discuss eligibility
Canadian (CIMP/ICPU) Applicants with these backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and are welcome to contact the school beforehand if they wish to discuss eligibility
SPM/GCSE/IGCSE In addition to the entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE must have grade C in mathematics
English language requirements
IELTS:  6.5 (no element below 6.0)
TOEFL (iBT):  88 (no element below 19)
PTE (Academic): 62 (minimum 55)
SPM:  grade A-
1119 (GCE-O): grade B
GCSE/IGCSE:  grade C
UEC:  grade A2
IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL): 4 points 
IB English B HL:  4 points 
IB English SL:  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

Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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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, local and national government, lobbying and policy advice and think-tanks. 

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

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