The Master of China Studies provides those in the programme with in-depth knowledge of China’s history, culture, politics, society and economy, in order to equip them with a more comprehensive understanding of China’s complex socio-economic system.

China Studies


With the rise of China as a global economic power there is an increasing demand among organisations and companies from around the world for professionals with knowledge of China’s political, economic and social systems, who can also speak Chinese.

The MA China Studies provides you with in-depth knowledge of China’s history, culture, politics, society and economy, in order to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of China’s complex socio-economic system.

This knowledge will give you unique and important insights, as well as the language training in Mandarin critical to operating and decision-making in the Chinese context.

Why should I study China Studies at XJTLU?

  • Learn from international experts who will introduce you to varying perspectives on China from different disciplinary backgrounds, including politics, history, economy, culture, sociology and more
  • Experience China firsthand and take advantage of XJTLU’s strategic location in Suzhou – one of the most culturally and economically vibrant places in the country
  • Taught by a team of researchers who are leading experts in their fields, this program attracts an internationally diverse student body.
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree.

Knowledge and skills

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

  • comprehensive knowledge of China’s history, culture, society, politics, and economy, as well as of China’s regional, technological and social policy development
  • strong research and analytical skills, having completed a comprehensive research project and dissertation in your final semester
  • Chinese language skills, depending on individual’s starting level and goals.

This unique interdisciplinary master’s program on China Studies covers rich topics, theories and methods from both humanities and social sciences. Both our teaching experts and students are from diverse international backgrounds, and together we explore an international approach to studying China.

Dr Xi Liu

Programme Director


The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. You may also be provided with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Depending on the programme, field trips and company visits may be organized, and invited talks may be given by the industrial experts and professionals. Such activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall employability.

The Masters in China Studies is a well-structured programme taught by expert faculty. Our class sizes are small which leads to lively discussions. What I like the most is the international research environment, for example we often host guest scholars and researchers from China and around the world.

Ibrahim Murat Kara

Student, MA China Studies


Graduates from this programme pursue careers in a diverse range of companies and organisations looking to deal with or operate in China in fields such as international business, technology, media, health, government, diplomacy, journalism, education, and development. Particularly for international graduates, the China expertise and ability to speak Chinese gained during the programme will enhance career prospects in whichever field they operate in.

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