International Business and Global Affairs(part time)


Parented by the Department of International Studies, and with modules delivered by the AACSB and EQUIS-accredited International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), the Master of Arts (MA) in International Business and Global Affairs aims to develop current and future managers and potential business leaders who are able to work successfully in a world increasingly characterised by uncertainty, volatility and change.

This innovative programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, leadership abilities, analysis skills, decision-making tools and strategic vision needed to effectively manage people, organisations and business dealings across national borders in an increasingly risky, complex and challenging world.

Why should I study International Business and Global Affairs at XJTLU?

  • Learn about global economic, political and governance issues, and how they affect the environment and prospects for trade and investment across countries and regions;
  • Gain a global mindset by studying at both the Department of International Relations, and at the AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited International Business School Suzhou (IBSS);
  • Experience the opportunity to learn or improve your language skills in Chinese or Spanish;
  • Highly-experienced academic staff with wide variety of international backgrounds;
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MA in International Business and Global Affairs, you will:

  • understand the theories, debates and contemporary challenges within key thematic domains of international relations, such as regional integration, global security and peace studies, and global transformations and crises;
  • improve your decision-making by better understanding business challenges in cross-border trade, investment, political risks, biodiversity loss, resources depletion, environmental degradation, climate change, food insecurity, economic development, social injustice, international mass migration, and globalisation;
  • be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, leadership abilities, analysis skills, decision-making tools and strategic vision needed to effectively manage people, organisations and business in an international context;
  • evaluate different interpretations of world political events and global humanitarian challenges.

The IBGA program aims to educate first-class managers and business leaders who will contribute to creating and supporting innovation-driven enterprises open to global markets. The value added of the program is to provide students with a critical understanding of the ongoing political and economic global transformations. With the knowledge, networking, and analytical skills gained in the program, our graduates are ready to solve new challenges in a business world characterized by increasing complexity.

Francesco Macheda

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. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Department of International Studies often invite scholars and professionals for featured lectures. Such activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall employability.


For this part-time programme, modules will be mainly delivered on weekdays (From Monday to Friday) with full-time students.


Graduates from this programme are well prepared to start or advance their career across a variety of fields. These include: multinational and trading companies, non-profit organisations, consultancies, service providers, business facilitators, and government agencies around the world who are looking to recruit graduates with knowledge and experience of contemporary international business and management.

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