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 Media and Texts: Culture.
See Year One Programme for more information.
Year Two (Qualifying Year)
In this first year of specialist study, 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, Japanese, Spanish or Korean), 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, political communications and etc..
Two special compulsory modules 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 ( French, German, Japanese, Spanish or Korean).
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in an exchange or study abroad programme for one or both semesters of their third year.
See Exchange and Study Abroad Programme for more information.
Year Four (Part II)
In this year you can choose from a number of optional modules. 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 (French, German, Japanese, Spanish or Korean).