It is a commonplace that communication is at the core of crucial aspects of human life, and that a lot of that communication is mediated. In recent years, however, mediated communication has reached new levels of importance in social and cultural domains stretching from business to identity formation, and a lot of that communication is technically and financially underpinned by global networks of computation and communication. The academic fields of media, communication and cultural studies have responded by re-examining long-established frameworks for understanding communications and also by considering the need for new paradigms fitting new objects of study.
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 media and communication industries.
The aims of the MA International Communications Studies programme are to enable students to:
The compulsory modules strike a balance between, on the one hand, grounding the student’s learning in the classic concepts, theories and methods of media, communication and cultural studies, and, on the other hand, exploring contemporary trends in online business models, international news flows, the use of Big Data etc.
Towards the end of the second semester, each student is assigned a dissertation supervisor based on project proposals.
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 (French, Spanish, German) or East-Asian language (Japanese or Chinese).
Students will continue to study their chosen language. Students will continue to develop their dissertation projects with the aid of their supervisors and in the compulsory module. Optional modules allow students to immerse themselves in topics suiting their interests and future career goals.
Group One (Students must take 20 credits from this group)
A European language (Spanish, French or German) or East-Asian language (Chinese or Japanese) for International Students (students cannot elect to study their first language) and a European Language (Spanish, French or German) or Japanese for Chinese students. Students will be able to enter study at a level appropriate to their individual needs ranging from beginners through to intermediate and advanced.
Optional Modules Group Two (students must take 30 credits from this group)
Detailed programme specifications information can be accessed on Online Programme Specifications.
The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies is an innovative, exciting and challenging one-year taught masters programme providing you with a deep insight into one of the world’s most dynamic nations. The programme provides total immersion in China while studying through English to the same rigorous high standards as the University of Nottingham in the UK.
The MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies provides you with alternative pathways for applying a range of disciplinary perspectives to the study of Chinese business and society, politics and economics, sustainable development and the environment, media and popular culture, visual and performing arts, or modern Chinese history.
The School of International Studies is recognised as a leader in the provision of high quality, discipline-based research and degree programmes which incorporate the study of China. It trains a new generation of researchers and practitioners by academics conducting cutting-edge research with a focus on Chinese business, economy, geography, media and culture, history, language, law and politics.
You can choose to study Mandarin as optional modules, starting at the appropriate level for you – from beginner to advanced – depending on your prior study of the language. You will use what you have learned in a Chinese language and cultural setting.
Your study at Nottingham’s Ningbo China campus will enrich your cultural and linguistic experience and allow you to explore a range of themes and issues relevant for understanding contemporary China.
The module information for 17/18 session is subject to change.
Optional Group 1
Students must take a minimum of 10 or maximum of 30 credits from the following group:
Optional Group 2
Subject to the approval of the offering school, students may take a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 credits offered by other schools including the Language Centre to bring the total to 180. For international students whose first language is not mandarin Chinese, they can choose to take Mandarin modules. The level will be decided at registration.
In considering options offered by other schools, you should make your choices according to your timetable to ensure your options do not clash. You will also need to ensure that you meet the entry requirements and have taken any pre-requisites outlined in the module specifications in the module catalogue. Non-Mandarin speakers coming in above beginners' level will be assessed and recommended to the right level.
Detailed module information can be found on the Online Module Catalogue, please search by module code or title.