BA Communication Studies


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Program Description

The BA Communications is a comprehensive media and communications programme that enables you to engage critically with the world of media.

Media is everywhere. To understand our world, we must understand the media and its role in communication. You will have the chance to engage critically with these crucial issues and communicate with the world, making it a better place.

By the time you graduate, you will have completed your own substantial piece of independent research and a final-year project based on your interests.

Have you ever read something on the internet and wondered, ‘why do they say that ?’ Have you ever watched a film and felt like commenting on it? If you want to change the way people think by engaging critically with them on a local and global scale, this programme is for you.

Why Should I Study Communication Studies at XJLTU?

  • Study a range of communication products, including newspapers, magazines, television, radio, cinema and internet technologies to learn how they are structured and managed, and the thinking behind the communication;
  • Enjoy a creative learning environment with opportunities to contribute to the student magazine, join the student film club and attend academic research and industry guest lectures;
  • Gain practical experience through internship opportunities and the chance to create your own media content;
  • Learn from international staff with prominent scholarly publication records and extensive industry experience;
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA Communication Studies programme, you will have:

  • an awareness of your creative and critical potential, with the ability to take your knowledge, specialist skills and understanding into the world of work;
  • an understanding of the principal concepts of communication theory and digital media communication, and how these can be used to understand the world;
  • practical journalistic skills and knowledge of the ethical parameters of traditional and new media forms of communication;
  • the ability to operate critically and creatively in an international environment, through an understanding of the differences and similarities in the attitudes and values that permeate media in China and the rest of the world;
  • the skills to employ a range of persuasive devices to argue a point of view.

We were in the 44th teaching building of Tianjin University. I took this graduation photo for my seniors. This is my first shoot in my photography career. Thanks a lot for the opportunity my seniors afford to me.


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Year Three

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Year Four

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for roles such as copywriter, journalist, content creation, advertising creative, media and communication executive, and public relations professional in media and communications departments in almost any company, or in media outlets themselves. With the aim of producing elite thinkers and opinion-makers for the 21st century, this programme also provides a solid foundation to pursue further study.


International students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All international who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount

Join a free Chinese language course

We now offer a free summer Chinese language course for all undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their degree in September 2020.

Choose from a two-week, four-week or six-week language course.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao students who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who apply to XJTLU through the Joint Entrance Examination on the governmental online application system (Education Examination Authority of Guangdong Province) will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Mainland Chinese students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Entry Requirements

International students

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+

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may apply with the following:

  • A minimum grade of 400 on the Joint Entrance Examination to Chinese Universities for Overseas Chinese Students and Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, or
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) ranking of at least the top 50 per cent for 4 subjects, including English and Maths. For detailed information see information in Chinese.

English language requirements

For international applicants, if you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.5 or above will take five credits EAP.

"China has become one of the most important actors in the globalized world. Having in-depth knowledge about China will have tremendous importance for future careers. The BA in China Studies provides comprehensive skills to understand contemporary China."

Ceren Ergenc
Programme Director

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the apply link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.

Last updated Apr 2020

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