MA International Communications Studies

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Key information


MA International Communications Studies

Types of study

Full time / Part time


12 months full-time / 24-48 months part-time

Start date

September 2024


International Communications / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Course Requirements: Open to graduates of relevant subjects. This master programme requires students to have a bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) from a recognised institution at the same standard as a UK university's 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent). 

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have a degree from a UK institution, are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element) or
  • PTE Academic: 71 (minimum 65) or
  • TOEFL (IBT): 90 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking)

Further Requirements: Applicant's CV and *an academic writing sample should be provided.

*Writing sample could be a section from the dissertation/essay or a translated section from the dissertation or a translated essay (word length: around 1,000).

Course overview

The MA in International Communications Studies is designed to meet the needs of graduates from all disciplines who want to add international communications to their specialist knowledge. You will have the opportunity to study communications against the background of recent theoretical and methodological developments and will gain vital insights into the skills required by the contemporary communications sector.

The aim of this programme is to provide a focus for creativity and innovation across a range of research fields. We offer a vibrant, intellectually challenging environment for postgraduate students who are keen to deepen their understanding of international communications issues.

This programme will enable you to delve into the theory and practice of communications from many angles. You will explore a range of critical-theoretical concepts relevant to the creative industries, culture, digital media, globalisation, ‘the information society’, mass media, multiculturalism and technology. You will apply your knowledge to internationally relevant issues.

Course structure

The MA International Communications Studies degree programme can be taken full-time in one year or part-time over a maximum of six years. The programme is divided into modules, worth 10, 20, or 60 credits each.

Students must take 180 credits (including 60 credits for a dissertation). Students must also pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.

The compulsory modules strike a balance between, on the one hand, grounding the student’s learning in the classic concepts, theories and methods of media, communication and cultural studies, and, on the other hand, exploring contemporary trends in online business models, international news flows, the use of Big Data etc.

Towards the end of the second semester, each student is assigned a dissertation supervisor based on project proposals.

Semester One

Compulsory modules provide the core skills and knowledge needed to analyse various forms of communication in their contemporary social and cultural settings as well as an opportunity to acquire either a modern European (French, Spanish, German) or East-Asian language (Japanese or Chinese).

Semester Two

Students will continue to study their chosen language. Students will continue to develop their dissertation projects with the aid of their supervisors and in the compulsory module. Optional modules allow students to immerse themselves in topics suiting their interests and future career goals.

Careers and further study

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options. They will invite you to attend recruitment events featuring potential employers, and will suggest further opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Please click here and find more information about scholarships.

More information

Our MA International Communications Studies programme enables students to spend their second semester of study at our UK campus. The scheme has proved very popular with many students expressing an interest in studying on the International Media and Communications Studies programme at Nottingham. You will receive notification from our Global Engagement Office once you successfully register.

Contact us

Student Recruitment and Admission Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0574) 8818 0182

Faculty Office of Humanities and Social Sciences

Room 306, Innovation and Enterprise Building (IEB)
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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