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


Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year) N.B. 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.

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study you can choose from modules covering the historical foundations of Western cultures and political systems. These twenty-credit 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 in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese, 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 of contemporary issues covering regions including the West and Asia. You will also continue your language training at a second higher level in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese. 

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 in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese.


Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

Code Title Credits
CELEN045 Introduction to Analytical Thought 15
CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts 20
CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A 10
CELEN068 Introduction to Politics and International Relations 10
CELEN082 Oral Communication  Skills B 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
LANG1072, 1074, 1078, 1076, 1082 French 1A, German 1A, Japanese 1A, Spanish 1A, Mandarin 1A 20
LANG1073, 1075, 1079, 1077, 1083 French 1B, German 1B, Japanese 1B, Spanish 1B, Mandarin 1B 20
INTS1001 Introduction to International Relations 20
INTS1008 The Making of Modern Europe 1789-1945 20

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 40 credits. 

Code Title Credits
INTS1004 Introduction to Comparative Politics 20
INTS1015 Introduction to Comparative Politics 10
INTS1005 Understanding the West: Europe Cradle of Western Civilization 20
INTS1017 Understanding the West: Europe Cradle of Western Civilization 10

Optional (Group 2)

A minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group (options in Autumn only)

Code Title Credits
INTS1002 Issues  in Global Relations 10
INTS1016 Origins of Capitalism 10
INTS1019 Diplomacy 10
ECON1041 Economic Perspectives 10

Year 3 (Part I)


Students must take all modules in this group

Code Title Credits
LANG2065, 2067, 2071, 2069, 2075  French 2A, German 2A, Japanese 2A, Spanish 2A, Mandarin 2A 20
LANG2066, 2068, 2072, 2070, 2076 French 2B, German 2B, Japanese 2B, Spanish 2B, Mandarin 2B 20

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
INTS2001 The Making of Contemporary Europe 1945-2000. 20
INTS2003 International Political Economy  20
INTS2032 International Political  Economy 10

Optional (Group 2)

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

Code Title Credits
INTS2033 Global Environmental Governance  10
INTS2020 The Modern Middle East: An Introduction   10
CHIN2022 The Rise of Modern China 10
BUSI2112 Management Strategy 10
INCM2031 Global Media & Communication 10
  Credit Total 50

Optional (Group 3)

Students must take 40 credits from this group

Code Title Credits
INTS2002 International Organisations 20
INTS2006 China, Russia and the United States 20
INTS2021 The Japanese Colonial Empire 20
INTS2029 Transnational History and Politics 20
INTS2030 EU: Institutions 20
INTS2034 Culture Ideology and Society of Contemporary China 20
CHIN2021 Chinese Economy and Society (20 credits) 20
CHIN2023 Chinese Economy and Society 10
  Credit Total 150


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
LANG3068, 3070,3074, 3072, 3080 French 3A, German 3A, Japanese 3A, Spanish 3A, Mandarin 3A 20
LANG3069, 3071, 3075, 3073, 3081 French 3B, German 3B, Japanese 3B, Spanish 3B, Mandarin 3B 20
  Credit Total 100


Students must take 20 credits

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


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)

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