University of Nottingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Portuguese and International Media and Communications Studies

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International Media and Communications Studies and Portuguese at Nottingham is a unique degree course. Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world, and the fastest-growing European language behind English. This course enables you to develop your Portuguese language skills and learn about the history, culture, cinema and literature of the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) world. You will also cover a range of subjects such as society, inter-cultural communications, and cultural studies. At the end of the course, you will have a range skills suitable for numerous careers. As well as advanced level Portuguese, you will have an understanding of international media and an in-depth understanding of Portuguese history and culture. The exciting experience of a year abroad in Portuguese-speaking country develops your communication skills, builds your confidence and helps you stand out to future employers.

Course details


You will divide your studies equally between Portuguese and media and communications. In year one, in Portuguese, you will receive a firm grounding in the structures of the language through the core language module and pursue a choice of introductory modules in a wide range of topics. In international media and communications studies you will be introduced to cultural and communications theories, mass media and new media. In year two your language studies will be consolidated and developed to prepare you for the year abroad. You will study a choice of modules aimed at developing your knowledge. In international media and communications studies you will explore issues around public relations, political communication and global media and news production. You will also receive specific research training in the area of culture, film and media in order to lay the foundation for your final year dissertation. Your third academic year abroad will be spent in Portugal or Brazil studying at a university, working as a language teaching assistant or doing a work placement. Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. Year four will be spent back in Nottingham. You will consolidate your competence in the Portuguese language obtained during your year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of Lusophone culture and history. Modules in international media and communications studies will allow you to explore the political issues arising from, among other things, cultural policy and media coverage of conflict. You will also undertake a dissertation project under the close supervision of a member of staff with knowledge of your chosen area. Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall. Beginners Portuguese or those who have studied GCSE Portuguese. There is no post A Level pathway. GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19000* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £19000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Portuguese and International Media and Communications Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS