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How long you will study
3 - 4 years

Domestic course fees
CNY 80000 per year

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International course fees
CNY 80000 per year

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About International Communications Studies at University of Nottingham Ningbo China, University of Nottingham

BA (Hons) International Communications Studies

Course Outline

This interdisciplinary degree programme aims to develop a soundly based understanding of the various factors which influence the way communications now take place in an increasingly interconnected world at the same time as giving an insight into the skills and knowledge required by the contemporary international communications industries. As such, the programme provides students with an opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, including contemporary mass media, journalism, new digital communications, the history of European and American societies, communications theory, the psychology of communications, arts and communications and cultural studies. In addition, the study of a European language (French, Spanish, German or Italian) or an Asian Language (Japanese or Korean) from beginners' to advanced level will form a core element in years two to four. Students will also have an opportunity to enrich their studies by taking modules offered by International Studies and International Business.

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Course Structure

In order to graduate with a degree in International Communications Studies, students must obtain a minimum of 260 credits in modules offered by the BA in International Communications Studies with additional credits obtained through optional modules offered by other BA programmes based in Ningbo.

Year One (Preliminary Year)

The first year comprises a special programme of English for Academic Purposes designed by staff from the highly experienced Centre of English Language Learning (CELE) at the University of Nottingham. This is carefully integrated with the content programmes offered by each academic division so as to prepare students fully for years 2-4 of the degree. Three of the content modules on year 1 are specifically related to the study of communications: Introduction to Information and Technology, Media and Texts: Society, Introduction to Analytical Thought, and Mediaand Texts: Culture.

See Year One Programme for more information.

Year Two (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study there are core modules covering communications and technology, media and society, communications and culture, and the cultures of everyday life. These extensive twenty-credit modules are structured around a student-centred learning approach to learning with extensive reading set alongside practical exercises intended to familiarise students with contemporary communications theory and practice. These modules will also give you an opportunity to practice the study skills needed for more independent research later on in your degree. You will also begin your language studies (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish), which are designed to foster the multi-lingual communication skills needed to be successful in the international arena today.

Year Three (Part I)

During this year, you will build on the skills and knowledge you have acquired so far by applying them to a more in-depth study of issues relating to contemporary international communications in a variety of core and optional modules. Optional topics include global media and communication, cultural analysis, cultural industry, political communications, translating cultures, and public relations and propaganda. These are largely ten credit modules. Two special compulsory modules, Researching Communications 1 and 2, will deepen your understanding of the role and importance of research in the field and help you develop a research dissertation project for the final year. You will also continue your language studies at a second higher level in (Spanish, French, German or Japanese).

Year Four (Part II)

In this year you can choose from a number of optional modules, such as Chinese Cinemas; Digital Games as Communications; Film and Philosophy; Humour and Culture; Media Management; Psychology, Communications and the Self; Representing Reality; and The New Media World: Social, Cultural and Political Developments. Besides taught modules the focus of your study in this final year is an individual dissertation project. This is on a topic of your own choice and consists of guided research spread over the whole academic year. You will also complete your language training with a third more advanced level in (Spanish, French, German or Japanese).


Year Two Semester One

Year Two Semester Two

Year Three Semester One

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules(Students must take 30 credits from this group)

Year Three Semester Two

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules (Students must take 30 credits from this group)

Year Four Semester One

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules (Students must take 20 credits from this group)

Year Four Semester Two

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules (Students must take 20 credits from this group)

Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue. For further information, please contact the Acting Head of the School of International Communications, Dr Andrew White via email:

Careers and further study

Our students prove to be highly articulate and develop good writing, presentation, teamwork, negotiation, research and documentation skills. Of the 116 undergraduates who graduated from the School of International Communications. In 2016, 72% of International Communications graduates sought further study. These graduates were admitted to top 100 ranked institutions in the UK, Australia, China (Hong Kong) and the US. Destinations included University College of London and Imperial College London in the UK; University of Hong Kong in China (Hong Kong); University of Melbourne in Australia; and New York University in the US. Additionally, second (or third) language acquisition as part of their undergraduate degree enabled IC graduates to pursue further study in Spain, France and Japan.

For more details about IC Graduate destinations, click here.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesCNY 80000 per yearInternational course feesCNY 80000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Other costs

Text books: flat fee of 2,500 RMB per year. If your books do not total this at the end of each academic year, you will be refunded the difference.

Accommodation costs: Approximately 5,000 - 13,000 RMB per year, depending on the type of accommodation.

Compulsory insurance: international undergraduate students need to pay 600 RMB per year.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our courses vary depending on your school qualifications, which determine your entry into either the preliminary year (year one) or qualifying year (year two).

The University has a wide understanding of school-leaving qualifications from overseas countries and works closely with the British Council, both in the UK and abroad, to ensure all applications are properly considered. For entry requirements relevant to your country of origin, please find your home country or regions first. If your country is not listed, please email us on

Some courses have specific requirements and you can check these on our course pages.

In addition to the academic requirements, you will also need to meet our English language requirements.

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