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BA (Hons) International Communication Studies with English Language and Literature

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Semenyih, Selangor
What is international communications?
Media and communications underpin almost every facet of modern life, from the global economy to interpersonal relationships and our leisure time, to how we learn about the world we live in. With digitisation and convergence only accelerating this trend, there is an ever-increasing need to understand the implications of these developments and to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in shaping global media and communication infrastructures.

Degrees in the School of Media, Languages and Cultures explore the complex world of communications, culture and media in their various forms – linguistic, multimodal and visual – from new technologies, politics and popular culture, to critical theory, high culture and news media. It will train you in the theories and realities of local and international media and communication, enabling you to develop the analytical, creative, practical and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in our globalised society.

How will I study?
Classes are a dynamic mix of traditional lecture-style content delivery and class discussions, where you will be encouraged to ask questions and voice your own opinions and interpretations. In addition to theoretical and philosophical approaches, our teaching methods emphasise: argumentation, communication and presentation skills; collaboration and teamwork; comprehension and information processing; independent thinking; and practical and vocational engagement. You will be assessed through individual research-based essays and presentations as well as group work in order to foster the successful team dynamic essential to many professions, and via various digital media platforms

Career prospects
An international communications degree is your passport to a variety of rewarding professions. Likely career fields include: the audiovisual, digital and print media industries; marketing and corporate communications; production; public relations; and research. Career paths in these fields include advertising account executives, copywriters and creative roles, news editors, journalists and reporters.

Other career options include: arts or heritage administration and management; the civil service, diplomatic or embassy work and government service; nongovernmental organisations, politics and think-tanks; and consultancy, human resources, management and recruitment within the international business environment. Graduates with a passion for language can pursue interpreting, publishing and translation roles while others may continue their studies and pursue research and/or teaching. 

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Course Summary



Course Fees (estimated)

RM 111,600

Course Duration

3 years

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A Level
BBC, excluding critical thinking and general studies

IB Diploma
28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level

B+B+B, excluding Pengajian Am

1 A and 4 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language

SAM or other Australian matriculations
ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
77% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements

Advance Placement (AP)
4,4,3 in relevant subjects. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions
Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions
Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation
Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education or Business and Management programme.

IELTS (Academic):
IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)
GCE A Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)
SPM: grade A-
1119 (GCE-O): grade B
GCSE O Level: grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
MUET: Band 4
UEC: grade A2
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher): 4 points
IB English B (Higher Level): 4 points
IB English B (Standard Level): 5 points

IELTS ,TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.
Malaysian - RM 37,200 per year
Non-Malaysian - RM 43,200 per year
You will study a range of core compulsory modules to give you a thorough grounding in international media and communications. You will also take additional compulsory or optional modules from within the school or faculty. A unique aspect of our degree programmes is the compulsory language component, where you will learn a new modern language and graduate with a high level of spoken and written fluency in your chosen language. You may also apply for a range of summer internships within the Malaysian and international media and communication industry. There is also the chance to apply for mobility exchanges to the UK or China campuses in your second and third years of study.

Year one
Typical core modules
  • Beginners French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)
  • Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Linguistics*
  • Media and Communications Theory
  • Producing Film and Television**
  • Reading Film and Television**
  • Studying Literature*

Typical optional module
  • Global Music Studies

Year two
Typical core modules
  • Cultural Politics
  • Film and TV in Social and Cultural Context**
  • Intermediate French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)
  • Music in Film**
  • Political Communication, Public Relations and Propaganda
  • Researching Culture, Film and Media (full year)
Plus one literature and one linguistics module from the School of English (please refer to their module listings on page 61).

Typical optional modules
Community Interpreting
Introduction to Translation
Reading Chinese and Japanese Literature 1

Year three
Typical core modules
  • Advanced French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)
  • Cultural, Film and Media Dissertation (full year)
  • Digital Communication and Media
  • Documentary Film and Documentary Practice**
  • Gender, Sexuality and Media
  • Modern British Fiction*
  • Patterns, Functions and Descriptions of English*
  • Southeast Asian Film**
  • Writing for the Media

* Compulsory for English language and literature students only.
** Compulsory for film and television studies students only.
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