BA English and Finance


Program Description


The interdisciplinary BA English and Finance programme combines English language and finance with the aim of producing graduates who have an excellent command of English and a critical awareness of the use of language in a financial context.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU undergraduate programmes, will 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.

This programme is not available on the 2+2 route.

Why Should I Study English and Finance at XJLTU?

While options for the English side of the programme are fairly open, the most popular choices for our ENF cohorts tend to be modules which give them very useful insights into the language of specialist domains such as the business and finance world.

As an ENF student you are in a strong position:

  • You are an English major who has studied specialist Business/Finance modules for a substantial part of your degree
  • You can choose options in mathematics, finance and economics to develop and extend your knowledge of finance-related statistical methods
  • Meanwhile, your strengths in English language and linguistics provide deeper insights into the use of language across different domains

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA English and Finance programme, you will:

  • be able to communicate professionally in English, using the language confidently to analyse financial issues
  • have the ability to apply a range of accounting and quantitative techniques
  • have a good working knowledge of financial economics and financial markets


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:

  • English Language and study skills III for business
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Introduction to financial accounting and accountability
  • Foundations of finance

Elective modules:

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


  • Economic principles for business and markets, or
  • Maths for economics and business

Year Three

Compulsory modules:

  • Theory of the firm
  • Financial management

Elective modules:

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


  • Econometrics I, or
  • Corporate finance

And choose:

  • Securities markets, or
  • International development

Year Four

Compulsory modules:

  • Business finance
  • Finance and markets
  • International economic relations

Elective modules:

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


You will acquire language, business knowledge and intercultural skills that are highly sought-after in international institutions. Graduates typically pursue careers within the general domain of English and finance including administrative, managerial, accounting and consultancy positions within international organisations.

You may also be able to pursue a career as a professional translator or interpreter. Additionally, the programme provides a foundation for further graduate level study in the subjects of English language and finance.

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