University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Relations MA


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Qualification: MA
Fees: Malaysian – RM46,500 per programme, Non-Malaysian – RM56,500 per programme
Mode: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Intake: February and September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

International relations studies the complex relations between and among states, societies, individuals, identities and cultures, theoretically and empirically. The discipline covers such areas as economics, law, politics and security. It considers deeper questions relating to how we understand and conceptualise contemporary global transformations. Throughout the programme, you will approach the subject from several different perspectives: from a state-centric approach; from the perspective of complex interdependence; and from a globalisation perspective. The degree is open to students of any discipline or career background, but is popular for people working in or wishing to work in government or diplomatic service, international organisations and the media. 

Career prospects

Postgraduate study in international relations will equip you for careers in a wide range of fields. We currently have graduates working in:

  • foreign ministries
  • international organisations
  • international businesses and finance
  • non-governmental and aid sectors
  • international media and journalism
  • local and national government
  • think-tanks, policy advice, lobbying
  • teaching and academic research

Course structure

You will be required to complete 180 credits over the period of your studies: 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation, based on your own original research. The full-time and part-time evening class variant of the degree is taught at our city centre facility, The Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, at the Chulan Tower, Jalan Conlay – a great option for those based in Kuala Lumpur and in full-time employment.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. 

Malaysians applying as a matured student without the standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant work experience (and have successfully passed APEL’s assessment through Malaysian Qualifications Agency) at an appropriate level may be considered. Admission is at the discretion of the School.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two 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.


Typical core modules

  • Dissertation: International Relations 
  • Global Perspectives on International Relations
  • Research Methods and Design

Typical optional modules

  • Asia in Transregional Perspective 
  • Civil Society and Global Development
  • Contemporary Security Challenges
  • Global Political Economy 
  • Human Security 
  • The International Relations of South East Asia
  • Field Teachnologies
  • Introduction to International Development 



Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students. 


School of Politics, History and International Relations
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
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