Admissions
Check the entry requirements and find out how to apply:
CHINA - Mainland CHINA - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan GLOBAL

Overview

The MA in International Relations equips you with the knowledge, research skills and analytical tools to work at an advanced level, gain 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 policy maker in the discipline of international relations, with a focus on China’s evolving role in the world.

Why should I study International Relations at XJTLU?

  • Engage with the interdisciplinary debates of International Relations with the purpose of establishing scientifically robust explanations of relevant questions of global reach, 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.
  • Start date 7 September 2020
  • Department International Relations
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 18 months
  • Location Suzhou

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.
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.
Evangelos Fanoulis
Programme director

Modules

  • Compulsory modules

    • 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 masters 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.

Careers

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.