International Relations


The programme is undergoing major changes that will affect the offering from a.y. 24/25.

China’s economic growth has coincided with rapid globalisation over the past three decades. As this growth continues there is a need for a more specialised understanding of the country’s growing socio-economic interactions with the rest of the world.

The BA International Relations programme 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.

Through the interdisciplinary study of the interconnectedness of politics, economics and law in global affairs, the programme examines relationships between nation states, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and multinational corporations within the international framework.

While the programme focuses on China in an international context, all students will spend one semester studying abroad in the country of their choice during their studies.

Why should I study International Relations at XJTLU?

  • Live in China, the perfect place to gain a unique understanding of the country’s place in the world
  • Learn another language with Spanish or Japanese available as additional languages if the required standard of Chinese and English is reached
  • Specialise in the study of one other country and spend one semester there as part of your programme
  • Undertake a significant piece of independent research based on your Semester of International Experience
  • 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.

Knowledge and skills

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

  • an appreciation 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 with China, and world structures of business, trade, and investment
  • an understanding of the principal concepts of the humanities and social sciences, as well as a range of theories of knowledge in international relations and international political economy
  • advanced analytical, critical thinking, cross-cultural, interpersonal and communication skills
  • practical experience in research and policy analysis.

The BA in International Relations will provide you with the analytical tools to understand complex global and regional challenges, a unique perspective to see the world from a variety of angles, and theoretical foundations to critically understand China’s growing influence in the international arena.

Dr. Debora Malito

Programme director

This programme’s dual focus gives an overview of both International Relations and China Studies, which has broadened my horizons. In addition, the international study environment has been a valuable cross-cultural experience.

Qianyue Qiao

Student, BA International Relations


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for positions related to the work of international, national, local organisations, think-tank and research institutions, both in China and in other countries of the world. Graduates may find employment in a range of sectors including multilateral organisations, governments, Non-Governmental Organisations, education, media, development, banking, business and trade relations. The programme also offers a solid foundation for pursuing further study in the humanities and social sciences. Our graduates have been accepted in the MA programmes of world-renowned universities, including: London School of Economics, Sciences Po Paris, University College London, University of California, San Diego, etc.

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