BA China Studies

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Taught in English, the BA China Studies programme provides the opportunity to apply theories from the humanities and social sciences to your understanding and analysis of China, its history and culture, society and politics, business and economics.

You will follow one of two pathways that lead to two different careers. If you are interested in teaching the Chinese language as a career, you will be directed towards the 'Teaching Chinese as an International Language' pathway. If your interest lies in the study and application of the social sciences, including teaching, you will be directed towards the 'Contemporary China Studies' pathway.

Students on both pathways study the same modules in Years One and Two. The modules are different for each pathway in Years Three and Four.

This programme is not available on the 2+2 route.

Why should I study China studies at XJTLU?

  • The best place to learn about China is 'in-country', and Suzhou is one of the most culturally and economically vibrant places in China
  • The programme includes opportunities for fieldwork around China
  • Taught in English, the programme includes opportunities to learn Chinese and to study a broad range of topics including those related to China's history and culture, society and politics, business and economics.

The degree is open to both Chinese and international students and is taught in English. International students who meet academic and English language requirements may enter directly into Year Two.

Qualification XJTLU BA Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language University of Liverpool BA China Studies More about qualifications

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA China Studies programme, you will have:

  • an advanced level of proficiency in both English and modern standard Chinese
  • a strong understanding of humanities and social science theories
  • an in-depth understanding of Chinese history and contemporary China's society, culture, and development



Graduates have a wide variety of career choices in addition to the opportunity for further graduate study. Typically, students from this programme are employed by companies and organisations looking to link with China in fields such as international business, economics, financial services, government, diplomacy, journalism, education, development and NGO activities.


Entry requirements

Please visit the entry requirements page for the comprehensive list of qualifications required to study at XJTLU.

Professor Goodman’s research focuses on social and political change at the local level in China, most especially configurations of class and the sociology of entrepreneurship. He is also professor emeritus at both the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, was a PRC Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Academic (2012-2016), and was awarded the Jiangsu Provincial Government Friendship Award in 2014.

Professor David Goodman Professor in China Studies, Vice President for Academic Affairs, XJTLU

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