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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

Our academic staff are active researchers, pursuing cutting-edge, policy-relevant and curiosity-driven research. This extends across a broad spectrum of international development, international relations and politics. Our research and teaching activities are enhanced by the resources from our associated schools in the UK and the Division of International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

We host our own seminars in which academics and practitioners share their research findings and work experience. The school’s student society, PHIR-NOTT, supplements these formal activities with its own round-table discussions, guest speaker series and other events.

International Relations investigates the complex relationships between and among states, societies, individuals, identities and cultures both 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 those working in or wishing to work in a government or diplomatic service, international organisations or the media.


Why choose this course?

We provide a dynamic learning environment that offers you the opportunity to challenge yourself, to question assumptions and to contribute to the way we understand, conceptualize and engage with global political phenomena.

Course content

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.

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 Technologies
  • Introduction to International Development

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

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

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

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.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


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.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical classes
  • Field trips
  • Supervision

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM47,900 per programme
International studentsRM58,200 per programme


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

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


The University’s Career Advisory Services (CAS) support students with the necessary skills and career opportunities using its strong relationship with various employers and industries. The CAS will provide students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers and training opportunities.

A master’s degree in International Relations provides a springboard to further study or pursuing your professional career. Postgraduate study will equip you for careers in a range of fields. We currently have graduates working in foreign ministries, international business and finance, international journalism and media, international organisations, local and national government, non-governmental and aid sectors, teaching and academic research, think tanks as well as policy advice and lobbying. The school’s alumni network builds year on year allowing graduates to remain in contact with each other and to put current students in contact with alumni to explore employment opportunities.

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This content was last updated on 23 March 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.