University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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BA European Studies


Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for Year 2 entry

The first year comprises a special programme of English for Academic Purposes designed by highly experienced staff from the acclaimed Centre of English Language Learning (CELE) at the University of Nottingham. This is carefully integrated with the study programmes offered by each academic school so as to prepare students fully for years 2-4 of the degree.

Please see Year One programme for more details

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study you can choose from modules covering the historical, social and cultural foundations of modern Europe. These modules are structured around the student-centred learning approach with extensive reading as you practice the study skills you will need for more independent research later in your degree. You will also embark on your language training, which is designed to foster the multi-lingual communication skills needed to be successful in the international arena today.

Year 3 (Part I)

In this year, you consolidate what you have learnt so far by applying the knowledge you have acquired so far with more in-depth study on how European societies have interacted with other regions including America and Asia. You will also continue your language training at a second higher level.

Please see exchange programme for more details about exchange programmes.

Year 4 (Part II)

Besides a taught module 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.


Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

Code Title Credits
CELEN045 Introduction to Analytical Thought 15
CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts 20
CELEN049 Undergraduate Listening & Speaking in Academic Contexts 10
CELEN068 Introduction to Politics and International Relations 15
CELEN050 Undergraduate Academic Oral Presentations 10
CELEN051 Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts a (Arts & Social Science Pathways) 20
CELEF004 Independent Research Project 15
CELEN065 Introduction to History 15
  Credit Total 120


Year 2 (Qualifying Year)


Students MUST take all modules in this group
Code Title Credits
INTS1005 Understanding the West: Europe Cradle of Western Civilization 20
INTS1010 Introduction to European Politics 10
INTS1018 Introduction to International Relations 10
INTS1008 The Making of Modern Europe 20
INTS1015 Intro to Comparative Politics 10
  Credit Total 70


Optional (Group 1)

Students must choose two modules below of the SAME European language in the Qualifying Year

Code Title Credits
INCM1013 Mandarin 1A 20
INCM1014 Mandarin 1B 20
INCM1015 French 1A 20
INCM1016 French 1B 20
INCM1017 Spanish 1A 20
INCM1018 Spanish 1B 20
INCM1019 German 1A 20
INCM1020 German 1B 20

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
INTS1002 Issues in Global Relations 10
INTS1016 The Origins of Capitalism 10
INTS1012 Quantitative Methods  10
ECON1041 Economic Perspectives 10


Year 3 (Part I)


Students must take all modules in this group. 

Code Title Credits
INTS2001 The Making of Contemporary Europe 1945-2000. 20
INTS2030 EU: Institutions  20
INTS2032 International Political Economy 10


Optional (Group 1)

Students must choose two modules below of the same European language in Part I Year. Language modules are only available for non-native speakers.  Students who exchange to The University of Nottingham UK must choose language modules with equivalent learning outcomes.

Code Title Credits
INCM2011 Mandarin 2A 20
INCM2013 French 2A 20
INCM2015 Spanish 2A 20
INCM2017 German 2A 20
INCM2033 Italian 2A 20
INCM2012 Mandarin 2B 20
INCM2014 French 2B 20
INCM2016 Spanish 2B 20
INCM2018 German 2B 20
INCM2034 Italian 2B 20

Optional (Group 2)

Students take 30 credits from this group. 

Code Title Credits
INTS2033 Global Environmental Governance  10
INTS2020 The Modern Middle East: An Introduction   10
BUSI2112 Management Strategy 10
INTS2002 International Organisations 20
INTS2006 China , Russia and the US 20
INTS2035 Risk Analysis: Political and Business Risk 20
INTS2029 Transnational History and Politics 20
INTS2036 Migration in a globalised World 20
INCM2029 Public Relations and Propaganda 10


Year 4 (Part II)

Code Title Credits
INTS3023 The EU: Policies and Law 20
INTS3015* Regionalism in Europe and Asia 20
*INTS3015 is compulsory only if students do not select optional INTS3003 Dissertation: Final Presentation.

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 40 credits from this group, unless they have already reached 3B level of language.

Code Title Credits
INCM3011 Mandarin 3A 20
INCM3012 French 3A 20
INCM3014 Spanish 3A 20
INCM3016 German 3A 20
INCM3048 Italian 3A 20
INCM3013 French 3B 20
INCM3015 Spanish 3B 20
INCM3017 German 3B 20
INCM3018 Mandarin 3B 20
INCM3049 Italian 3B 20

Optional (Group 2)

Students take 40 credits from this group. 

Code Title Credits
INTS3001 China and the World 20
INTS3002* Dissertation: Preliminary Analysis 20
INTS3012 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues 20
INTS3014 U.S. Foreign Policy 20
INTS3022 Gender: Power and Agency 20
INTS3003 Dissertation: Final Presentation 40
INTS3005 Diplomacy: Past, Present, Practice 20
INTS3006 The Rise and Fall of British Empire 20
INTS3026 Western Intellectual Tradition 20
*Students MUST take pre-requisite INTS3002 Dissertation: Preliminary Analysis in Autumn to be able to take 
INTS3003 Dissertation: Final Presentation in Spring. 

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on the Online Programme Catalogue

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


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