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CHINA - Mainland CHINA - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan GLOBAL


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, 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, literature, 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
  • Benefit from our research ties with key universities in China’s Jiangnan region (including Shanghai, and Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces), providing opportunities for you to spend a period of study at another university
  • 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 emphasizes approaches from both humanities and social sciences. Taught by a team of researchers who are leading experts in their fields, this program also attracts an internationally diverse student body.
Ceren Ergenc
Programme director


  • Core modules


  • Additional learning activities

    The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your master degree. The programme includes a total of 600 hours of Additional Learning Activities, most of which are chosen individually by students. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester. They should normally be spread equally over teaching semesters and the summer and winter breaks.

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.