University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM

University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM

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Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in International Communication Studies

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 3 years
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  Tution Fees N/A

The Foundation in Arts and Education is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, communication, critical thinking and study skills.  

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as politics, the world economy, media and education.

You will study a range of core compulsory modules in all years to give you a thorough grounding in international media and communications. You will also take additional compulsory or optional modules from within the school orfaculty, with English language and literature students and film and television studies students having compulsory modules relevant to their specific areas of study. 

A unique aspect of our degree programmes is the compulsory language component, where you will learn a new modern language – either French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish. You will graduate with a high level of spoken and written fluency in your chosen language,improving not only your grasp of another language and culture, but also dramatically enhancing your employability in the globally competitive job market. 

You may also apply for a range of summer internships within the Malaysian and international media and communication industry throughout your degree. This internship programme is facilitated by our staff’s range of industry connections as well as staff in our schools in the UK and China. You will also have 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

Media and Communications Theory

Typical optional module  

Global Music Studies 

Year two 

Typical core modules  

Intermediate French, German, Japanese, Korean, Madarin or Spanish (full year)

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.

Typical optional modules  

Community Interpreting

Cultural Politics

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

Gender, Sexuality and Media

Media and Conflict

Writing for the Media

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 


Entry requirements

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)

80% 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.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 

IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


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):

62 (with no less than 55 in each element)


grade A-

1119 (GCE-O):

grade B

GCSE O Level: 

grade C

IGCSE (first language):

grade C  

IGCSE (second language): 

grade B 


Band 4


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.




An international communications degree is your passport to a variety of rewarding professions. Likely career fields include: the audio-visual, digital 
and print media industries; marketing; 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 civilservice, diplomatic or embassy work and government service; non-governmental 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 and others may continue their studies and pursue research and/or teaching.

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