University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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MA International Relations and
International Business


About the Programme

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deeper understanding and analytical excellence in two fields of increasing importance, international relations and international business, drawing from the combined strengths of UNNC’s School of International Studies and Nottingham University Business School (NUBS).  A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas in international relations and international business. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which include world-leading international relations experts focusing on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories in both fields, will be trained in research methods, important historical and contemporary cases and hot-button issues, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and international business.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international business, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and international business, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, dimensions of world history, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.

Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations.  The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Course structure

The MA in International Relations and International Business is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months).  This degree programme can also be taken in a part time capacity over two years. Students must take 180 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done over the summer for full time students).  Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.



Code Title Credits
INTS4001 Core Concepts in International Relations and World History: Part One 20
INTS4013 Research Methods  20
BUSI4377 International Business Environment 10
INTS4002 China in International Relations 20
INTS4009 International Political Economy 10
INTS4010 Dissertation 60
  Credit Total 140
Student must take all the modules above


Restricted Group 1

Students must take a minimum of 20 and maximum of 40 from this group

Code Title Credits
INTS4018 Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America 10
INTS4022 Politics and History of the Middle East 10
CHIN4045 Government and Politics of China 10
INTS4036 China and the World 20
INTS4015 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues 10
INTS4016 International Organisations 10
INTS4020 A Global History of Empire - the British Empire 10
  Credit Total 80


Restricted Group 2

And a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
BUSI4548 Project Management 10
BUSI4542 International Business Strategy 10
BUSI4544 Managing International Business in China 10
BUSI4547 E-Business 10
  Credit total 40


Module availability of non-compulsory modules is subject to timetabling.
Students are required to take taught modules to the total of 120 credits, with a dissertation module (60 credits) bringing the total number of credits to 180. 

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. 


Our staff

The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.

Our class size

We anticipate that the 2016 class size will be approximately ten students.

Your degree certificate

All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.

There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.


Entry Requirement

Degree Requirement

This mater programme require student to have a bachelors degree(or international equivalent) from a recognised institution at the same standard as UK university's 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent)

Admission details are available at

English Language Requirement

For applicants whose first degree is not English the minimum IELTS score is 6.5 (6.0 minimum in writing), or TOEFL score 575; computer based score 232 (no less than 4.5 in essay rating), for TOFEL (iBT) is 88 (no less than 19 in any element).

Students who have not reached the required level of English language ability for direct entry, can attend a full-time English language course at the University’s Centre for English Language Education (CELE) before registering for your degree.

Full admission details are available at:

Applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Alternative Acceptable English Language Requirements at:


Further information

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