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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.

Course structure

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.



  • Core Concepts in International Relations and World History
  • Research Methods (Qualitative)
  • International Political Economy
  • Dissertation

Student must take all the modules above


Group 1

Students must take EITHER module from this group totalling 20 credits

  • China and the World
  • China in IR

Group 2

Students must take 50 credits from this group

  • Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Politics and History of the Middle East
  • Government and Politics of China
  • Contemporary China Issues
  • People and Borders
  • Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues
  • Internship
  • International Organisations
  • Humanitarian Intervention and Civil Wars
  • The Rise and Fall of British Empire 
  • Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology, and Society
  • Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1A
  • Inter Faculty French 1a 
  • Inter Faculty German 1a 
  • Inter Faculty Japanese 1a
  • Inter Faculty Spanish 1a
  • Inter Faculty Korean 1A
  • Mandarin Listening and Speaking 1B
  • Inter Faculty French 1B
  • Inter Faculty German 1b
  • Inter Faculty Japanese 1b
  • Inter Faculty Spanish 1B
  • Inter Faculty Korean 1B   

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.

Our staff

The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.

Our class size

We anticipate that the class size will be approximately ten students.

Your degree certificate

All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.

There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.

Visit the International Relations and World History (MA) page on the University of Nottingham in China website for more details!





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