Taught course

International Communications Studies

University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus · University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 or equivalent in any degree.

Months of entry


Course content

In the simplest terms, communication can be described as the production, transmission/exchange and reception of messages. In recent decades, however, the theory and practice of communications have been strongly affected by significant social, cultural, economic and technological changes that have taken place world-wide. As a consequence, a range of critical-theoretical concepts, including ‘globalization', ‘multi-nationalism', ‘mass-culture', ‘mass-media', ‘the information society' and ‘post-modernity' have become increasingly important to the description and analysis of all forms of communication not only by academics, but also by the communications industries themselves.

The MA in International Communications Studies - which is designed to meet the needs of graduates from both a communications and non-communications studies background - provides an opportunity not only to study communications against the background of recent theoretical and methodological developments, but also to gain an insight into the skills and knowledge required by the contemporary communications industry sector.

Educational Aims

The aims of the MA International Communications Studies programme are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical bases of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Enhance their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, social, political and economic bases of communications internationally
  • Acquire a high level of proficiency in an East-Asian language or in one European language other than English
  • Develop their intellectual skills
  • Make use of some of the specialised forms of knowledge in the disciplines represented on the degree
  • Practice and develop a wide range of transferable skills that will prepare students for further study and for employment.

Compulsory Modules

CS4411 Communications Theory and Research Methodologies
CS4511 Approaches to Globalisation and Contemporary Communications
CS4611 International Communications and Cultural Difference
CS4811 Dissertation in International Communications Studies
Optional Modules Group 1 (Students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group)

A European language (Spanish, French or German) or East-Asian language (Chinese or Japanese) for International Students (students cannot elect to study their first language) and a European Language (Spanish, French or German) or Japanese for Chinese students. Students will be able to enter study at a level appropriate to their individual needs ranging from beginners through to intermediate and advanced.

Optional Modules Group 2 (students must take 40 to 60 credits from this group)

CS4412 Journalism: Theory and Practice Spring

CS4922 Chinese Journalism Spring

CS4932 Digital and Creative Media Spring

CS4942 Digital Games as Communication Spring

CS4952 Comparative Mobile Studies Spring

Information for international students

The University currently houses 700 international students from 70 different countries

Fees and funding

UK students
CNY 90,000
International students
CNY 90,000

Competitive international student (including UK students) scholarships

  • Ningbo Govt International Student Scholarship 14 x approx 3,100 GBP
  • The University of Nottingham High Achievers Scholarship 25 x approx. 2,050 GBP

Qualification and course duration


part time
18-24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

International Admissions
+86(0)574 8818 0262