University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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MA International Relations and World History


About the course

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which includes world-leading experts on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others, specializing in sub-fields such as security studies, international relations theory, women’s issues, international history, development, environmental policy, foreign policy analysis, quantitative methods, international economics, etc. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, will be trained in research methods, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and world history.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international history, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and world history, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, 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. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of your knowledge.

Course structure

The MA in International Relations and World History 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 20
INTS4013 Research Methods (Qualitative) 20
INTS4009 International Political Economy 10
INTS4010 Dissertation 60
  Credit Total 110
Student must take all the modules above


Restricted Group 1

Students must take 50-70 credits from this group. 

Code Title Credits
INTS4036 China and the World 00000060034 20
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
INTS4015 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues 10
INTS4002 China in International Relations 00000057738 20
INTS4016 International Organisations 10
INTS4020 A Golbal History of Empire - the British Empire  10
  Credit Total 100


Restricted Group 2

Students may choose 0-20 credits from this group

For language modules, only 10 credits maximum can be taken per semester (max totl 20). Language modules are only available for non-native speakers; level decided at registration. 

LANG1084 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A 10
LANG1062 Inter Faculty French 1A  10
LANG1064 Inter Faculty German 1A  10
LANG1066 Inter Faculty Japanese 1A 10
LANG1068 Inter Faculty Spanish 1A 10
LANG1070 Inter Faculty Korean 1A 10
LANG1085 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B 10
LANG1063 Inter Faculty French 1B 10
LANG1065 Inter Faculty German 1B 10
LANG1067 Inter Faculty Japanese 1B 10
LANG1069 Inter Faculty Spanish 1B 10
LANG1071 Inter Faculty Korean 1B  10
  Credit Total 120


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 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).
English Language Requirement

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:

Students who have not reached the required level of English for direct entry may be able to attend a full time course at the University’s Centre for English Language Education (CELE) Full admission details are available at:

Alternative English Language Qualifications may be accepted instead of IELTS. Alternative qualifications can be found at


Further information

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