BA International Relations


Program Description


China’s economic growth has coincided with processes of globalisation over the past three decades. As this growth continues there is a need for a more specialised understanding of the country’s growing socio-economic interactions with the rest of the world. The BA International Relations at XJTLU aims to deepen such knowledge and understanding, and to produce the entrepreneurial and managerial leaders of the future who will bring China to the world and the world to China. More specifically, BA International Relations will provide students with:

  • An understanding of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of humanities and social sciences
  • Perspectives which enable effective analysis of contemporary international relations, especially those involving China
  • Thorough working knowledge of approaches to the study of international relations
  • An understanding of critical policy studies
  • A comprehensive awareness of a range of techniques and approaches used to study international relations
  • Close familiarity with the academic field of International Relations, its literature and intellectual organization
  • Professional communication skills
  • Practical experience in research and policy analysis
  • Cross-cultural skills and understanding

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

Why Should I Study International Relations at XJLTU?

  • Understanding of China’s place in the world
  • Knowledge of foreign cultures and languages
  • Students will specialise in the study of one other country and will spend one semester there as part of the degree programme
  • Students will undertake a significant piece of independent research based on their Semester of International Experience

Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate from BA International Relations, you will have:

  • Language Skills: Spanish or Japanese will be studied as additional languages if the required standard is reached in both Chinese and English.
  • Knowledge of other countries and societies through both study, and lived experience in a country of specialisation.
  • Specialist knowledge of China’s interactions with other parts of the world, other countries’ involvement in China, and world structures of business, trade, and investment.
  • Principal concepts in the humanities and social sciences, especially those related to International Relations.
  • A range of theories of knowledge in international relations and international political economy.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Cross-cultural interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to undertake and manage field work and small research projects


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

  • English/Chinese/Spanish/Japanese language classes
  • Contemporary International Relations (INR101)
  • World History since the 20th Century (INR103)
  • Europe: Continent and Nation (INR105)
  • East and Southeast Asia: The Pacific Century (INR106)
  • International Political Economy (INR102)
  • China: Government and Politics (CCS107)
  • The Americas: New World, Old Society (INR104)
  • Africa: Development and Aid (INR107)

Year Three

  • English/Chinese/Spanish language classes
  • International China (CCS201)
  • China: International Trade (CCS309)
  • International Institutions: Global and Regional (INR201)
  • China and Asia (CCS202)
  • International Business Law (MAN204)
  • International Relations Research Methods (INR202)

Year Four

  • Semester of International Experience (INR301)
  • International Relations Final Year Project (INR302)
  • International Communications (COM318)
  • Global Public Health (DPH312)


Occupations related to China’s international socio-economic interactions, both in China and in other countries of the world. This may involve government-related work but is more likely to involve business and trade relations, and international social mobility.

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