Taught course

Asian and International Studies

University of Nottingham · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent); mature applications without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered

Months of entry


Course content

This tri-campus MA, which will teach its first cohort in 2015/16, is a genuinely distinctive programme allowing students to study the countries of Asia, and the relations between them (and between the rest of the world).

Through the core module, 'Global Asia' , it will introduce students to pan-Asian themes such as nationalism, globalisation, environmental challenges, resource politics and gender relations. It challenges the prevailing conception of 'Asia Rising' as a new phenomenon and will also allow students to specialise on specific country or regional studies.

Students study on UNUK for their first semester, then move to either UNMC or UNNC for the second semester. They return to UNUK for the third semester/summer to write their dissertation. It will enable students to immerse themselves in the culture of these countries, and to take language options if required. Accommodation for all three semesters will be organised by the University, although it is not covered by the course fees.

Our experts work on many areas of Asian Politics and International Relations. These include:


  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

Research Areas

  • Business
  • Democratisation
  • Civil-military relations
  • Development
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Gender
  • Geography
  • History
  • International security
  • Human security
  • Non-traditional security
  • Party politics
  • Peacekeeping
  • Poverty reduction
  • Trading relations

Key facts

  • The school is home to the interdisciplinary Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies providing opportunities for engagement with policy practitioners, on the UK campus and on the Ningbo and Kuala Lumpur campus.
  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked the School of Politics and International Relations in the top 15 in the UK for research power.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Politics and International Relations web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559