English and Communication Studies


Communications and the media play an increasingly central role in modern society, economics and politics, making English, the global communications language, more important than ever before.

As a student of the BA English and Communication Studies programme, you will have access to modules offered in the Department of Applied Linguistics, Literature, Translation and Interpreting, as well as Department of Media and Communication and School of Film and TV Arts.

The unique level of choice and flexibility available in this programme makes it ideal for both international and domestic students. The programme offers three pathways focusing on language, which are linguistics, literature, and translation and interpreting, and another three pathways on communication studies, which are journalism and public relations, digital media, and film studies. The students can choose one from each three pathways to build their unique learning profile, giving them exceptional advantages for future postgraduate studies or professional development.

Why should I study English and Communication Studies at XJTLU?

  • Access a full range of modules in our specialist areas of English language in linguistics, literature and translation and interpreting, and communication studies in journalism and public relations, digital media and film making
  • Have more options than any other degree programme – you can make your own combination of language and communication pathways with choices of various interesting modules
  • Gain an understanding of the changing use of language and other forms of communication, along with the ways in which they inform and influence contemporary society
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.
Qualification,University of Liverpool,BA English and Communication Studies

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA English and Communication Studies, you will have:

  • the skills to communicate professionally in English, within the context of language studies in linguistics, literature and translation and interpreting, as well as communication studies in journalism and public relations, digital media and film making
  • an understanding of the theories and analytical techniques associated with linguistics, literature, translation and interpreting and communication
  • the ability to apply your knowledge and skills to solve practical challenges and problems within the context of journalism and public relations, digital media and film making
  • both strong English language skills and a combination of critical and theoretical knowledge
  • intellectual, interpersonal and technical skills that are highly valued by employers

English and communication students are especially well placed to develop new perspectives and to transfer skills and knowledge between disciplines.

Tanjun Liu

Programme director


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University offers a wide range of courses in the first year, including English for academic purposes (EAP), mathematics and physics, and humanities and social sciences. Click to learn more.

This programme offers me the freedom to choose courses from both Applied English program and Communication Studies program. Hence, I am allowed to explore the language, media and culture in this evolving digital world and find my own research interest and career passion.

Zhexuan Sun

Student, BA English and Communication Studies


Graduates of this programme will be attractive employees in globalised workplaces and may be employed in journalism, broadcasting, advertising or film making. Graduates will also be well prepared for positions including management trainee, professional translator or interpreter, teacher of English as a foreign language and positions in retailing, computing and librarianship. Additionally, the programme provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study in English language, English literature and communications.

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