University of Nottingham Malaysia

Asian and International Studies BA (Hons)


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Qualification: BA (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM35,700 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM41,900 per year
Mode: Full time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

International studies is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world that provides students with an opportunity to explore the emergence of global society, ofnew identities and politics, and culture as a major factor of international life. While recognising global diversity, international studies with an Asian focus allows students todraw connections between the increasing globalisation of life and how these work out in an Asian context, including work, business, cultural transactions and politics. Coretopics include: globalisation, the nature of development in different regions, identity politics, gender, comparative politics, and mobility.

In your first year of study you will focus on modern Asian history, approaches to understanding international relations, and take introductory modules on politics and culture. Inyour second year of study modules cover the international relations of the Asia Pacific, global media and Southeast Asia. In your final year you focus on studies of nationalism,international organisations and have the option of taking a study tour. Teaching will be by a combination of lectures, role plays, field trips, problem solving exercises andpresentations.

Entry requirements

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
STPM B+B+B+ excluding Pengajian Am
UEC 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 (CIMP/ICPU) 86% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)
College Placement Test (US Style Curriculum) Minimum final GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) in High School Diploma plus, a score of 1200 in SATr and 650, 650, 600 in SAT Subject Tests or 4, 4, 3 in Advanced Placement Tests. Students taking group B subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level
Advance Placement (AP) Applicants who are taking Advanced Placement Tests inaddition to another recognised qualification (not US stylecurriculum), may be considered on a case-by-case basiswithout the SATr and SAT Subject Tests.
Diploma - Other Institutions Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis(and at the discretion of the School) but normally wouldrequire an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 70% and above(consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), andprevious studies must meet the prerequisite requirements tothe programme.
Foundation -  other Institutions Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normallywould require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 70%and above (consideration to be made based on relevantsubjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisiterequirements to the programme.
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts andEducation or Business and Management programme with nofailed modules.

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:  6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  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)
SPM:  grade A-
1119 (GCE-O): grade B
GCSE O Level:  grade C

IGCSE (first language):

grade C 

IGCSE (second language): 

grade B
MUET: Band 5
UEC:  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 and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test


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.


Year one

Typical core modules

  • Approaches to Global Politics
  • Cultures of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Power and Contest: Living in a political world
  • The Making of Modern Asia 
Typical optional modules
  • Asian language options: Mandarin, Japanese or Korean 
  • Approaches to Film and Television
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Economy and Society
  • People and Organisations 

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Cultural Politics
  • Global Media and Communication
  • International Relations of the Asia Pacific
  • Introduction to Citizenship
Typical optional modules 
  • Asian Economic Development
  • Asian language options: Mandarin, Japanese or Korean
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context
  • Global Political Economy and International Development
  • Southeast Asia and the Global Economy
  • Understanding the Malay World 

Year three

Typical core modules

  • Asian Country Study 
  • International Organisation
  • Nationalism and the State
  • Regionalism in Southeast Asia 
Typical optional modules  

  • Asian Business Environment 
  • Dissertation
  • Human Resource Management 1 and 2
  • Managing in Asia
  • Media and Conflict
  • Writing for the Media


Our degrees will equip you for a career in a variety of fields including aid and non-governmental sectors, finance and international businesses, foreign ministries, international media and journalism, international organisations, localand national government, lobbying and policy advice and think-tanks. The school is building up its alumni network both to keep in contact as well as explore ways of connecting current students with alumni in the world of work after graduation. 


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Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
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