University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Communications
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BA (Hons) International Communications Studies



Programme 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 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, 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, 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 (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean or Japanese). 

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 (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean or Japanese). 


Year 2 (Qualifying Year)


Students must take all modules in this group

Code Title Credits
INCM1031 Media and Society 20
INCM1032 Communication and Technology 20
INCM1030 Communication and Culture 20
INCM1033 Cultures of Everyday Life 20
  Credit total 80


Students must take 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
LANG1072 French 1A 20
LANG1076 Spanish 1A 20
LANG1074 German 1A 20
LANG1078 Japanese 1A 20
LANG1073 Korean 1A 20
LANG1073 French 1B 20
LANG1077 Spanish 1B 20
LANG1075 German 1B 20
LANG1079 Japanese 1B 20
LANG1081 Korean 1B 20


Year 3 (Part I)


Students must take all modules

Code Title Credits
INCM2026 Researching Communications 1 10
INCM2027 Researching Communications 2 10

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
LANG2065 French 2A 20
LANG2069 Spanish 2A 20
LANG2067 German 2A 20
LANG2071 Japanese 2A 20
LANG2074 Korean 2A 20
LANG2066 French 2B 20
LANG2070 Spanish 2B 20
LANG2068 German 2B 20
LANG2072 Japanese 2B 20
LANG2074 Korean 2B 20

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take 60 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
BUSI2120 Corporate Entrepreneurship 10
INCM2025 Emergence and Development of the Culture Industry 10
INCM2028 Cultural Analysis 10
INCM2031 Global Media & Communication 10
BUSI2128 Analysing organisations 10
INTS2033 Global Environmental Governance (10 credits) 10
INTS2002 International Organisations 20
INTS2029 Transnational History and Politics 20
BUSI2109 Introduction to Business Operations 10
INCM2029 Public Relations and Propaganda 10
INCM2032 Translating Cultures 10
INTS2029 Transnational History and Politics 20
INCM2043 Reading Film and Television 10

Year 4 (Part II)


Students must take all modules

Code Title Credits
INCM3033 BA International Communications Dissertation 40

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
LANG3068 French 3A 20
LANG3072 Spanish 3A 20
LANG3070 German 3A 20
LANG3074 Japanese 3A 20
LANG3076 Italian 3A 20
LANG3078 Korean 3A 20
LANG3069 French 3B 20
LANG3073 Spanish 3B 20
LANG3071 German 3B 20
LANG3075 Japanese 3B 20
LANG3077 Italian 3B 20
LANG3079 Korean 3B 20

Optional (Group II)

Students must take 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
BUSI3194 International Business Environment and Strategy 20
BUSI3111  China and the World Trade Organisation  10
INCM3039  Psychology, Communications and the Self  20
INCM3087 Web and Social Media 20
INCM3041  Critical Communication  20
INCM3042  Humour and Culture  20
INTS3012  Contemporary Security: theories and issues  20
INCM3047  Documentary and Reality  20
INCM3034  The New Media World: Social, Cultural and Political Developments  20
BUSI3189 Business Ethics and Sustainability 20
INTS3007  China in International Relations  20
INCM3088 Hollywood and Chinese Cinema 20
INCM3045  Media Management  20
INCM3046  Digital Games as Communication  20
BUSI3120  Strategic Innovation Management  10
INCM3069  Transmedia Narratives and Digital Literacy  20

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change. 

For further information, please contact Head of School Dr Filippo Gilardi, PFHEA, FRSA

via email:


Entry Requirement 

Domestic Student: Admissions to The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) are processed through the national Gaokao entry system and students do not have to apply directly to the University.

International students and Hong kong, Macau and Taiwan students:

Academic Requirement

Preliminary Year (year one entry)


Normally a minimum of five B grades including Bs in relevant subjects.

Qualifying year (year two entry)

  • A Levels

Typical A level requirements are ABB/BBB for the majority of programmes. Relevant subjects vary for each programme.

  • International Baccalaureate(IB) diploma

Typical requirements are 30-34 points, with Higher Level subjects and grades required for particular programmes.

  • Advanced Placements (APs)

Typical requirements range from 4, 4, 4-5, 5, 4,

  • SATII (subject specific test)

Typical requirements are 650, 650, 650-700, 700, 650

  • SATr (SAT Reasoning Test)

Typical requirements are 1775-1850

English Language Requirement

Preliminary year

IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing)

PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51)

Qualifying year

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing)

PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55)

For more detailed entry requirement may vary from country to country, please click here to know more information.


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.