International Relations (part time)


The MA in International Relations equips you with the knowledge, research skills and analytical tools to work at an advanced level, gain profound understanding of international relations, and train you to follow careers in both public and private sectors.
The programme is designed so you can apply acquired knowledge to analyse and evaluate topics such as global governance, the history of international relations, foreign policy, inter-state cooperation, the functions of international and regional organisations, conflict, war, security and intervention, political economy and globalisation, and regional integration.
You will be supported in your academic and professional development as a scholar, analyst or policy maker in the discipline of international relations, with a focus on China’s evolving role in the world.

Why should I study International Relations at XJTLU?

  • Engage with the interdisciplinary debates of International Relations with the purpose of establishing scientifically robust explanations of relevant questions of global reach, such as climate change or migration, and with an ability to address such issues also in a narrower, regional context;
  • Present a thorough understanding of how international relations work, with a deep knowledge of the socio-political phenomena, trends and actors involved in global politics as well as an accurate knowledge of the relations between the different sub-regions of the international system;
  • Learn from international academics and active researchers with global experience and unique expertise on China’s position and influence in the world;
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

By the time you graduate from the MA in International Relations you will be able to:

  • develop an independent way of doing research on and thinking about international relations, hence allowing you to continue with doctoral studies;
  • evaluate the validity and reliability of different types of empirical data – qualitative and quantitative – and be capable of using them in policy- and decision-making;
  • convincingly present, in oral and written form, your ideas and opinions.

The world is undergoing profound changes nowadays. We are living in demanding times and facing detrimental challenges, from war to poverty, from global warming to pandemic diseases. Studying IR is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of global issues, which empowers human beings to better manage challenges and crises. A master’s in international relations will help develop your understanding and awareness of what is happening beyond/across/within borders and cultivate an abundance of valuable transferable skillsets such as interpersonal, analytical, decision-making and negotiation skills.

Fanglu Sun

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 could take up a wide variety of roles in companies, non-profit organisations, consultancies, think-tanks, research institutes, regional and international organisations, and government agencies around the world that seek to recruit graduates with knowledge and experience of contemporary international relations and global affairs. The expertise on China gained from the programme, as well as the opportunity to learn Chinese, Spanish or Japanese alongside your degree, will substantially enhance your career prospects.

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