The MA in International Relations equips you with the knowledge, research skills and analytical tools to work at an advanced level, gain a profound understanding of international relations, and train you to follow careers in both public and private sectors.
The programme is designed so you can apply acquired knowledge to analyse and evaluate topics such as global governance, the history of international relations, foreign policy, inter-state cooperation, the functions of international and regional organisations, conflict, war, security and intervention, political economy and globalisation, and regional integration.
You will be supported in your academic and professional development as a scholar, analyst or policymaker in the discipline of international relations, with a focus on China’s evolving role in the world.
Why Should I Study International Relations at XJLTU?
- Engage with the interdisciplinary debates of International Relations with the purpose of establishing scientifically robust explanations of relevant questions of global reaches, such as climate change or migration, and with an ability to address such issues also in a narrower, regional context;
- Present a thorough understanding of how international relations work, with a deep knowledge of the socio-political phenomena, trends and actors involved in global politics as well as an accurate knowledge of the relations between the different sub-regions of the international system;
- Learn from international academics and active researchers with global experience and unique expertise on China’s position and influence in the world;
- Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and Skills
By the time you graduate from the MA in International Relations, you will be able to:
- develop an independent way of doing research on and thinking about international relations, hence allowing you to continue with doctoral studies;
- evaluate the validity and reliability of different types of empirical data – qualitative and quantitative – and be capable of using them in policy- and decision-making;
- convincingly present, in oral and written form, your ideas and opinions.
- Current Debates and Research Design in International Relations
- Regional Integration and Globalisation
- Critical Security Studies
- Global Transformations and Crises
- Conflict and International Intervention
- China in the World
- War and Peace in the Asia Pacific
- Advanced Research Methods for International Relations
- International Relations Dissertation
Additional learning activities
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. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Graduates could take up a wide variety of roles in companies, non-profit organisations, consultancies, think-tanks, research institutes, regional and international organisations, and government agencies around the world that seek to recruit graduates with knowledge and experience of contemporary international relations and global affairs.
The expertise on China gained from the programme, as well as the opportunity to learn Chinese, Japanese or Spanish alongside your degree, will substantially enhance your career prospects.
RMB 90,000 for the entire 18-month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 per cent of the tuition fee.
Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case, a discount of five per cent of the total fees will be offered.
You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.
XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 per cent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Upper second class (2:1) honours
- 211 Project; Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai Ranking--75 per cent or above
- Non 211 project; Non-Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% per cent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update http://www.zuihaodaxue.com/zuihaodaxuepaiming2019.html
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.
- Bachelor Degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in International Relations, Political Science, Communications Studies, Sociology, Law, Economics, History, Philosophy, Management, International Studies, Area Studies, or a cognate subject.
English Language Requirements
Applicants who are not native speakers of English are expected to meet the following English language requirements:
- IELTS: 7.0 (minimum of 6.0 in all sections)
- TOEFL iBT: 100 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 – 1.0 of an overall IELTS band but meet the language requirements for the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses (including minimum component scores or equivalents), you may be accepted onto the PSE course subject to Programme Director’s approval. Upon successful enrolment on the PSE course, you will be able to change your XJTLU Master’s offer letter to ‘Unconditional’ for English level.
If you are a conditional offer holder, you can also send an email to email@example.com to apply to take the onsite Password English language test provided by XJTLU in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or its equivalent.
Please note that the Password Test is only available to students who have been issued a conditional offer to study at XJTLU. The University provides one Password Test opportunity for each conditional offer holder. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students who are admitted onto a Master’s programme by taking the Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course are required to complete English language modules listed on the Programme Specification on a pass/fail basis as part of their Additional Learning Activity plan during their studies at XJTLU.
"The world today is more complex than ever. Apart from financial and security challenges, countries are facing issues such as climate change and immigration. Our programme trains International Relations experts who can efficiently tackle these kinds of questions at the national, regional and global level."
How To Apply
Applications should be submitted via our online application system:
- Click/tap the apply link
- Create an account or log in to your existing account
- Complete your application
Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.
You may log-in to view your application form at any time. If you need to provide any additional supporting documents after you submit the application online, please send the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org(with your application ID, name, and applied programme name).
For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.
Note: This programme is subject to final validation from the University of Liverpool, and awaiting official recognition from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
About the School
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More