MA in International Communications Studies

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Program Description

MA in International Communications Studies

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

MA in International Communications Studies

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

Outline Description of the Programme

The MA is structured around a range of compulsory and elective modules. The compulsory modules provide the core skills and knowledge needed to analyse various forms of communication in their contemporary social and cultural settings as well as an opportunity to acquire either a modern European or Asian language. Elective modules will enable students to develop a wider critical understanding of the way in which communications now take place within an increasingly interdependent world. The module Communications Theory and research Methodologies is specifically designed to provide students with a core module on advanced research skills both generic and subject specific.

This course requires a second class honours in the first division (2:1) or GPA of at least 3.2-3.4. For lower English levels, you may complete the course in 2 years.

Minimum English Language Requirement

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0 or
  • TOEFL (paper based) 573 + TWE no less than 4.5 or
  • TOEFL (computer based) 230 + TWE no less than 4.5
  • TOEFL (IBT) 88 (no less than 19 in any element)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2015
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
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90,000 CNY
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 90,000 CNY
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