University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Relations with Spanish 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

International relations studies the complex relations between states and international organisations in areas such as economics, law, politics and security. Core questions include: what is security, what causes conflict, what is power and how is it exercised and justified? It also investigates deeper questions relating to how we understand and conceptualise contemporary global transformations. Our programme offers a balance between theory and practice. You will gain a broad understanding ofthe key theories and concepts associated with international relations as well as gaining practical experience of the policy process. Instrumental in this is our flagship module, Policy and Persuasion, which will prepare you to participate actively in many fields of work, including politics, advocacy and business.

Your first year will introduce you to the key analytical approaches used in the study of global politics, drawing on international political events in historical and contemporary settings. Your second year modules will focus on contemporary history, global society, political economy and security and prepare you for your final year dissertation by providing training in research techniques. You may pursue your own independent research project during your third year while taking optional modules based on the research expertise of our staff. 

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

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

Entry requirements
A Level BBB, excluding critical thinking and general studies
IB Diploma 30 points with 5,5,5 at Higher Level
STPM B+B+B+, excluding Pengajian Am
UEC 2 As and 3 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
SAM or other Australian matriculations ATAR 86 (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 madebased 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) 4,4,4 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

Applicants for degree programmes with a language minor must have no prior knowledge of that language.

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 Level): 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 (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

  • Approaches to Global Politics
  • Governing the World
  • Introduction to European Union Politics
  • Power and Contest: Living in a Political World

Typical optional modules

  • Beginners Spanish
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Cultures of Everyday Life
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Mass Media
  • People, Work and Organisations
  • The Individual 2: Individual Differences
  • The Making of Modern Asia

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Global Political Economy and International Development
  • International Relations of the Asia Pacific
  • International Security
  • The Contemporary World Since 1945

Typical optional modules

  • Cultural Politics
  • Global Media and Communication
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • People, Groups and Society
  • Political Communication, Public Relations and Propaganda
  • Understanding the Malay World

Year three 

Typical core modules

  • Dissertation: Politics, History and International Relations (for non-language students)

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Spanish
  • Asian Country Study: Thailand
  • Asian Study Tour: Thailand
  • Food, Hunger and Development
  • Nationalism and the State: Themes and Perspectives from Contemporary Southeast Asia
  • Policy and Persuasion
  • Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
  • Regionalism in World Politics: The Case of ASEAN 


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. 


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
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telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
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