University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Communication Studies BA (Hons)


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Qualification: BA (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM36,000 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM42,000 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

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.

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 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)
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 4
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 ,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.


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

  • Beginners French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)
  • Culture and Society
  • Media and Communications Theory

Typical optional modules

  • Global Music Studies

Year two 

Typical core modules

    • Intermediate French, German, Japanese, Korean, Madarin or Spanish (full year)
    • Political Communication, Public Relations and Propaganda
    • Reading Chinese and Japanese Literature 1
    • 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

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


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.


School of Media, Languages and Cultures
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8693  
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