MA International Relations

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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.


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.

Modules

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.

Fees

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

China

  • 211 Project; Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
  • Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent 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

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

North America

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

Other regions

Equivalent academic qualifications

Academic background

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 cognate subject.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • 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 pgadmissions@xjtlu.edu.cn 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.

Evangelos Fanoulis Programme Director

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the APPLY link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. 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 pgadmissions@xjtlu.edu.cn(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.