University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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BA International Studies


Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two 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.

Visit Year One programme for more details.

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study you are introduced to the historical foundations of Western cultures and political systems together with themes and theories central to modern international organisations. Twenty-credit modules are structured around the student-centred approach with extensive reading as you practice the study skills you will need for more independent research later in your degree. Each semester you take twenty credits of options.

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 of contemporary issues covering regions including the West and Asia. Each semester you take twenty credits of options.

Visit exchange programme for more details.

Year 4 (Part II)

Besides taught modules and options 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.

The BA International Studies is organised in three thematic pathways. We strongly recommend students studying in the International Studies programme to follow one of these pathways. For each pathway the modules have been designed to sequentially build upon each other. Each pathway gives you a thorough introduction into a more specific area of international studies in the second year, develops the scope of the themes in the third year and allows for specialisation in the fourth year. In each pathway there is a core module for every semester and a number of options. The pathways are: International relations/comparative politics pathway; Development and gender studies pathway; World History Pathway.


Year 2 (Qualifying Year)


Students must take all the modules

Code Title Credits
INTS1004 Introduction to Comparative Politics 20
INTS1001 Introduction to International Relations 20
INTS1005 Understanding the West: Europe Cradle of Western Civilization 20
INTS1008 The Making of Modern Europe 1789-1945 20

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 20 to 40 credits from this group

INTS1002 Issues in Global Relations 10
INTS1009 Making of Modern Asia 10
INTS1016 The Origins of Capitalism 10
INTS1019 Diplomacy 10
INTS1010 Introduction to European Politics 10
INTS1014 Gender and Society  10

 Optional (Group 2)

Students take 0 to 20 credits from this group 

Code Title Credits
ECON1041 Economic Perspectives 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
LANG1084 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A 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
LANG1085 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B 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
INTS2003 International Political Economy 20
INTS2002 International Organisations 20

Optional (Group 1)

Student take 40 to 60 credits from optional moduels

Code Title Credits
INTS2028 Global Environmental Governance 20
INTS2033 Global Environmental Governance 10
INTS2020 The Modern Middle East: An Introduction   10
INTS2006 China, Russia and the United States 20
INTS2021 The Japanese Colonial Empire 20
INTS2022 Global Shift: Power, Order, Change 20
INTS2029 Transnational History and Politics 20
INTS2030 EU: Institutions 20
CHIN2019 The Rise of Modern China  20
CHIN2022 The Rise of Modern China  10
CHIN2021 Chinese Economy and Society 20
CHIN2023 Chinese Economy and Society 10

Optional (Group 2)

Student take a maximum of 20 credits from the optional modules

Code Title Credits
LANG2055 Inter Faculty French 2a  10
LANG2057 Inter Faculty German 2a 10
LANG2059 Inter Faculty Japanese 2a 10
LANG2061 Inter Faculty Spanish 2a 10
LANG2063 Inter Faculty Korean 2A 10
LANG2077 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 2A 10
INCM2031 Global Media & Communication 10
BUSI2112 Management Strategy 10
LANG2056 Inter Faculty French 2b  10
LANG2058 Inter Faculty German 2b 10
LANG2060 Inter Faculty Japanese 2b  10
LANG2062 Inter Faculty Spanish 2b  10
LANG2064 Inter Faculty Korean 2B  10
LANG2078 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 2B 10


Year 4 (Part II)


Students must take all modules in this group

Code Title Credits
INTS3002 Dissertation: Preliminary Analysis 20
INTS3003 Dissertation: Final Presentation 40


Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 40 credits of modules 

Code Title Credits
INTS3001 China and the World 20
INTS3012 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues 20
INTS3013 Northeast Asia: A Region of Distant Neighbours 20
INTS3022 Gender: Power and Agency 20
INTS3023 EU: Policies and the Law 20

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take 20 credits of modules

Code Title Credits
INTS3015 Regionalism in Europe and Asia 20
INTS3006 Rise and Fall of the British Empire 20
INTS3007 China in International Relations 20
INTS3026 Western Intellectual Tradition  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. 


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.