With the rise of China as a global economic power, there is an increasing demand among organisations and companies from around the world, working with and in China, for professionals with knowledge of China’s political, economic and social systems and who can also speak Chinese.

The MA China Studies provides those in the programme with in-depth knowledge of China’s history, politics, society and economy, in order to equip them with a more comprehensive understanding of China’s complex socio-economic system. This knowledge will provide graduates of the programme with unique and important insights, as well as language training critical to operating and decision-making in the Chinese context.

Why Should I Study China Studies at XJLTU?

The Department of China Studies at XJTLU has a large and diverse group of experts from around the world who will introduce students to different perspectives on China from different disciplinary backgrounds, including politics, history, political economy, literature and sociology, amongst others.

Our research ties with key universities in China’s Jiangnan region (including in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces) provide further opportunities for students to enrich their learning experience by spending a period of study at one of those universities.

Knowledge and Skills

Students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of China’s history, culture, society, politics, and economy, as well as of China’s regional, technological and social policy development. Students will also learn or improve their Chinese language skills.


Semester one:

  • China’s history
  • China’s politics
  • Chinese society
  • China’s economy

Semester two:

  • Contemporary Chinese literature
  • Regional development
  • Welfare and development
  • Technology and development

Semester three:

  • Dissertation
  • Research methods
  • Research seminar

Additional learning activity modules

The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your master's degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester.

Possible activities include:

  • Chinese language classes (up to 450 hours in total)
  • Study period in China studies at another Chinese university
  • Internships with industry


Companies, non-profit organisations, and government agencies working in diverse fields (technology, health, media, culture and society) dealing with China or operating in China are demanding graduates with a comprehensive understanding of China’s past and present society, economy and politics. Particularly for international students, this China expertise and ability to speak Chinese will enhance their career prospects in whichever field they operate in.

Entry Requirements


Upper second class (2:1) honours


  • 211 Project; Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai Ranking--75 per cent or above
  • Non-211 project; Non-Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% per cent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution

Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to an annual update.

Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.


3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme.


Equivalent academic qualifications.

Academic Background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who are not native speakers of English are expected to meet the following English language requirements:

  • a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS English language test, with no less than 6.5 on any individual component of the test;
  • Or a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL paper test or 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test.

Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their English proficiency.

Chinese Language Requirements

Applicants who are not native speakers of Chinese are expected to meet the following Chinese language requirements:

  • a minimum of level 5 in HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) and TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language).

Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their Chinese proficiency.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese
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Last updated January 30, 2019
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