University of Nottingham Ningbo China
MA, International Relations and World HistoryMaster
About the course
This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which includes world-leading experts on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others, specializing in sub-fields such as security studies, international relations theory, women’s issues, international history, development, environmental policy, foreign policy analysis, quantitative methods, international economics, etc. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, will be trained in research methods, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and world history.
Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international history, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and world history, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.
Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of your knowledge.
Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, will be trained in research methods, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and world history.
The MA in International Relations and World History is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months). This degree programme can also be taken in a part time capacity over two years. Students must take 180 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done over the summer for full time students). Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.
Students must take all modules in this group
INTS4001 Core Concepts in International Relations and World History (20 Credits)
INTS4013 Research Methods (Qualitative) (20 Credits)
INTS4009 International Political Economy (10 Credits)
INTS4010 Dissertation (60 Credits)
Restricted Group 1
Students must take 50-70 credits from this group.
INTS3001 China and the World (20 Credits)
INTS4018 Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America (10 Credits)
INTS4022 Politics and History of the Middle East (10 Credits)
CHIN4045 Government and Politics of China (10 Credits)
INTS4015 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues (10 Credits)
INTS3007 China in International Relations (20 Credits)
INTS2002 International Organisations (20 Credits)
INTS4020 A Global History of Empire - the British Empire (10 Credits)
Restricted Group 2
Students may choose 0-20 credits from this group
For language modules, only 10 credits maximum can be taken per semester (max total 20). Language modules are only available for non-native speakers; level decided at registration.
LANG1084 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A (10 Credits)
LANG1085 Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B (10 Credits)
LANG1062 Inter Faculty French 1A (10 Credits)
LANG1063 Inter Faculty French 1B (10 Credits)
LANG1068 Inter Faculty Spanish 1A (10 Credits)
LANG1069 Inter Faculty Spanish 1B (10 Credits)
LANG1066 Inter Faculty Japanese 1A (10 Credits)
LANG1067 Inter Faculty Japanese 1B (10 Credits)
LANG1064 Inter Faculty German 1A (10 Credits)
LANG1065 Inter Faculty German 1B (10 Credits)
LANG1070 Inter Faculty Korean 1A (10 Credits)
LANG1071 Inter Faculty Korean 1B (10 Credits)
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.
Careers and further study
Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options. They will invite you to attend recruitment events featuring potential employers, and will suggest further opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.
1. High school diploma and above.
2. Non-Chinese citizens who hold a foreign passport and comply with the relevant regulations set by the “Document No. 12 (2020) of Ministry of Education of the PRC ".
3. Physically and mentally healthy.
4. Applicants under 18 years old (Per September) should provide a letter of guarantee for their guardian in China (notarization required).
1. Scan passport: Front page and Endorsement page (page 3/4, if there is an addition or change of name). (bit.ly/ContohPassport) (bit.ly/ContohEndorsement)
2. Recent passport size photo, with the following format: Recent full-faced passport size photo (the head occupies 70% of the size of the photo); the aspect ratio is 4:3; white background without borders; the size is 100-500KB (*.jpg,*.jpeg). (bit.ly/ContohPhoto)
3. Language Certificates
- English Taught: IELTS with an overall score of 5.5/6.0 or TOEFL IBT 85 (different for each university)
- Chinese Taught: HSK 4-6 (levels and minimum scores are different for each major and university)
4. High school diploma (for bachelor degree) and Bachelor or Master diploma (for master and doctoral degree), hasn’t graduated students should provide an official statement from your high school or university as proof of graduation (Pre-Graduation Statement). (bit.ly/PreGraduationLetter) (bit.ly/PreGraduationLetter2)
5. High school transcripts (for bachelor degree) and university transcripts (for master and doctoral degree), page sorted in 1 file. Please contact your school to get ‘1 sheet’ kinds of transcripts. (bit.ly/ContohOnePageTranscript)
6. 2 (two) recommendation letters from your teachers in high school (for bachelor degree) and two university professors (for master and doctoral degrees) along with letterhead and stamp from the school. Please also include the email and phone number of recommenders. (bit.ly/Contoh_Recommendation_Letter)
7. Study Plan / Personal Statement, approximately 800 words (English/Mandarin) and must be signed with a clear name. You could check general personal statement points grid here (bit.ly/PoinPersonalStatement)
8. Additional requirements that apply vary from university to university, for example:
- Entrance Examination / Interview.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV). (bit.ly/Contoh_CurriculumVitae_CV)
- Financial Statement (from Bank). (bit.ly/ContohFinancialCertificateProof)
- Certificate of No Criminal Record (SKCK) from the Local Indonesian Police. (bit.ly/ContohSKCK)
- Medical Check Up Report. (bit.ly/SyaratPengisianForm) (bit.ly/PhysicalExaminationForm)
- Documents number 4-6 above, MUST be translated into English / Mandarin, and legalized by the school or you could use the services of a sworn translator.
- Documents needed for Additional Requirements do not need to be prepared in advance, our team will follow up with you later.
- Please neatly SCAN each file in pdf format, the size must not be more than 1 MB (except the passport photo must comply with the requirements above), then upload everything to the system at www.greatwall.co.id.
1. Tuition: RMB 110,000 Per Year
2. Accommodation costs: approximately 5,000 – 16,000 RMB per year for oversea students, depending on the type of accommodation.
3. Living costs: 16,200 RMB-31,500 RMB per year for living expenses.
4. Compulsory insurance: RMB 1,000 for postgraduates.
5. Campus card fees: RMB 200 for the first year if you choose to live on the campus. And the money will be used to precharge utilities.