BA International Relations

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China’s economic growth has coincided with processes of globalisation over the past three decades. As this growth continues there is a need for more specialised understanding of the country’s growing socio-economic interactions with the rest of the world. The BA International Relations at XJTLU aims to deepen such knowledge and understanding, and to produce the entrepreneurial and managerial leaders of the future who will bring China to the world and the world to China. More specifically, BA International Relations will provide students with:

  • An understanding of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of humanities and social sciences
  • Perspectives which enable effective analysis of contemporary international relations, especially those involving China
  • A thorough working knowledge of approaches to the study of international relations
  • An understanding of critical policy studies
  • A comprehensive awareness of a range of techniques and approaches used to study international relations
  • Close familiarity with the academic field of International Relations, its literature and intellectual organization
  • Professional communication skills
  • Practical experience in research and policy analysis
  • Cross-cultural skills and understanding

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

Why should I study International Relations at XJTLU?

  • Understanding of China’s place in the world
  • Knowledge of foreign cultures and languages
  • Students will specialise in the study of one other country and will spend one semester there as part of the degree programme
  • Students will undertake a significant piece of independent research based on their Semester of International Experience
Qualification XJTLU BA International Relations University of Liverpool More about qualifications

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from BA International Relations, you will have:

  • Language Skills: Spanish or Japanese will be studied as additional languages if the required standard is reached in both Chinese and English.
  • Knowledge of other countries and societies through both study, and lived experience in a country of specialisation.
  • Specialist knowledge of China’s interactions with other parts of the world, other countries’ involvement in China, and world structures of business, trade, and investment.
  • Principal concepts in the humanities and social sciences, especially those related to International Relations.
  • A range of theories of knowledge in international relations and international political economy.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Cross-cultural interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to undertake and manage field work and small research projects



Occupations related to China’s international socio-economic interactions, both in China and in other countries of the world. This may involve government-related work but is more likely to involve business and trade relations, and international social mobility.


Entry requirements

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

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