BA Applied English


Program Description


The BA Applied English programme is for those interested in studying English as a subject matter in its own right. Students in the programme will become knowledgeable of the many ways in which English, and more broadly, languages are used around the world today. Subjects are offered in the areas of linguistics, literature and translation studies. Aside from being a platform for the development of intellectual faculties, the programme provides ample opportunity for students to engage in the application of their learning. This is done, for instance, through the practice of translation and interpreting.

Applied English students will acquire a range of skills transferable not only to work such as language teaching, translation and interpreting, and editing but also many settings requiring the ability to identify and deal with real-world problems in an innovative manner.

Why Should I Study Applied English at XJLTU?

  • Become equipped as a professional communicator in an international setting
  • Prepare for further study by obtaining the most versatile of undergraduate qualifications
  • Gain two degrees: an XJTLU degree approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and a degree from the University of Liverpool
  • Have the option of earning the qualification entirely in Suzhou, China, or doing so at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in the final two years

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA Applied English programme, you will have:

  • gained techniques in, and approaches to, the study of English language and literature
  • the ability to use advanced approaches in the analysis of language
  • developed an awareness of Anglophone, Chinese, and international perspectives on the use of language
  • high levels of proficiency in oral and written communication in English
  • skills in the practice of translation and interpreting


Year One

Qualified students can be accepted into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students will however enter into Year One, which provides a range of foundational modules and language classes.

Year Two

  • Sounds of English
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Introduction to close reading: approaches to literary study
  • English as a global language
  • Literature in context
  • Introduction to corpus linguistics
  • Syntax
  • Literary theory

Year Three

  • Advertising and the media
  • Translation
  • Literature in the enlightenment
  • Language and society
  • Literature and gender
  • Semantics and pragmatics
  • Interpreting
  • Technical translation
  • Jane Austen
  • Bilingualism
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Language and mind

Year Four

  • Analysing text
  • Final year project
  • Conference interpreting
  • Advanced literature - British Romanticism
  • Techno-culture
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Interpersonal communication in the workplace
  • Language and literature
  • Advanced literature - approaches to modern poetry
  • Language of the law
  • Intercultural communication
  • Applied linguistics
  • The Gothic
  • Postmodern literature


Aside from employment in language-related fields, graduates of the programme have received offers to pursue further study in leading universities in China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Fields of further study include English language teaching, speech pathology, translation and interpreting, applied linguistics, Asian studies, and literature.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less