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


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, American and East-Asian societies, communications theory, the psychology of communications, arts and communications and cultural studies. In addition, the study of Chinese (Mandarin) 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. 

Programme Structure

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 two to four of the degree. Three of the content modules on year one 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. 

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 optional modules. Optional topics include global media and communication, cultural analysis, political communications, and etc.. 

You will also 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 Mandarin studies.


Year 2 (Qualifying Year)


Students must take all the modules

Code Title Credits
LANG1082 Mandarin 1A  20
INCM1031  Media and Society  20
INCM1032  Communication and Technology  20
LANG1083 Mandarin 1B  20
INCM1030  Communication and Culture  20
INCM1033  Cultures of Everyday Life  20


Year 3 (Part I)


Students must take all modules

Code Title Credits
LANG2075 Mandarin 2A  20
INCM2026  Researching Communications 1  10
CHIN2019  The Rise of Modern China  20
LANG2076 Mandarin 2B  20
INCM2027  Researching Communications 2  10


Students must take 40 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
INTS2002  International Organisations  20
BUSI2109  Introduction to Business Operations  10
INCM2029  Public Relations and Propaganda  10
INCM2032  Translating Cultures  10
INTS2029  Transnational History and Politics  20
BUSI2129  Managing Across Cultures  10
INCM2043  Reading Film and Television  10


Year 4 (Part II)


Students must take all modules

Code Title Credits
LANG3080  Mandarin 3A  20
INCM3033  BA International Communications Dissertation  40
LANG3081  Mandarin 3B  20


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
INCM3087 Web and Social Media 20
INCM3039  Psychology, Communications and the Self  20
INCM3088 Cinema from China to Hollyhood 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
INCM3045  Media Management  20
INCM3046  Digital Games as Communication  20
INCM3058  Chinese Cinemas (level 3)  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)


As the 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.