MA International Relations and International Business


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: International Relations and International Business MA
  • Types of study: Full-time / Part-time
  • Duration: 12 months full-time; 24-48 months part-time
  • Start date: September 2020


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Course overview

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and analytical excellence in two fields of increasing importance, international relations and international business, drawing from the combined strengths of UNNC’s School of International Studies and Nottingham University Business School (NUBS).  A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas in international relations and international business. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which include world-leading international relations experts focusing on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories in both fields, will be trained in research methods, important historical and contemporary cases and hot-button issues, and gain access to (and we hope to contribute to) the latest research in international relations and international business.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international business, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and international business, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, dimensions of world history, 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.  The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Course structure

The MA in International Relations and International Business is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months).  This degree programme can also be taken in a part-time capacity for 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.

Year 1


The student must take all the modules 

  • INTS4001 Core Concepts in International Relations and World History: Part One (20 Credits)
  • INTS4013 Research Methods (20 Credits)
  • NEW International Business Environment (10 Credits)
  • INTS3007 China in International Relations (20 Credits)
  • INTS2003 International Political Economy (20 Credits)
  • ENGL3091 Dissertation (60 Credits)

Restricted Group 1

Students must take a minimum of 20 and maximum of 40 credits from this group.

  • 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)
  • INTS3001 China and the World (20 Credits)
  • INTS4015 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues (10 Credits)
  • INTS4016 International Organisations (10 Credits)
  • INTS4020 A Global History of Empire - the British Empire (10 Credits)

Restricted Group 2

And  a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group

  • BUSI4548 Project Management (10 Credits)
  • BUSI4542 International Business Strategy (10 Credits)
  • BUSI4544 Managing International Business in China (10 Credits)
  • BUSI4339 E-Business (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. 


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Careers and further study

International Studies combines the disciplines of history, international relations and politics. The study in IS has provided students with a solid foundation and thinking ability,which helps them develop better in the future.

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically over 40% of our postgraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

This mater programme requires the student to have a bachelors degree(or international equivalent) from a recognised institution at the same standard as UK university's 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent)

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have a degree from a UK institution, are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in writing) Or PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) IELTS: 6.0-6.5: a pre-sessional course in CELE Applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language Entry Requirements at

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The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less