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ABOUT THIS COURSE
STUDY JOURNEY

What will I learn?

OVERVIEW

We hope to welcome you to the Department of International Relations as a doctoral researcher. Students will be joining a new and energetic department eager to make a difference.

We welcome supervisions in most areas of International Relations, Area Studies, and Politics focusing on any part of the world.Both theoretically and empirically driven, our departmental research explores the changing practices of global and transnational governance and international organization across the domains of international trade, investment and finance; democracy, human security, humanitarian intervention and public health; the environment and environmental politics; and the politics of diplomacy and war.

Within several of these domains, we focus on China’s socio-economic interactions with the rest of the world, and how China is both impacted by and impacting recent developments in the global political economy. Regarding China’s internationalization, our research also explores the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its effects on China’s economic and foreign relations with Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Our regional expertise spans the European Union, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Within China, we have a special interest on the interactions of the Jiangnan Region (embracing the city of Shanghai, the southern part of Jiangsu Province, southeast Anhui Province, and the northern parts of Jiangxi Province and Zhejiang Province) with the rest of the world.

KEY BENEFITS OF PHD STUDY AT XJTLU:

  • The Department of International Relations PhD programme enables you to work with dynamic and active researchers who are making an impact in their respective fields
  • Supportive processes and supervisors will provide a strong basis for the successful navigation of your intellectual project
  • The Department will offer opportunities to ensure professional development and enhance employment opportunities
  • The Department offers bridging Writing Fellowships. Upon submission of your PhD you will be able to apply for a three-month Fellowship to enable you to work on placing an academic article in a peer-reviewed journal
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop teaching and communication skills. Training is provided.

Which department am I in?

Department of International Relations

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
¥80,000.00 (US$ 12,336) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

111 Ren Ai Road, Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District,

Suzhou Industrial Park,

SUZHOU,

Jiangsu,

215123, China

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The University accepts a wide variety of academic qualifications. The typical minimum entry requirement is a UK Bachelor's degree (with Honours) at a first or upper second class level in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience with professional qualifications. Equivalent overseas degrees are also accepted. English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English or have not studied at degree level in English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Individual cases will be considered on your own merit. You may be required to attend an interview or take a test to further demonstrate your English proficiency. Qualifications accepted by the University include the following: GCSE – C; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component; Cambridge English: Advanced: 58; Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language: (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade E; Writing grade E; Speaking grade D (0522) or 2 (0500); Listening grade D (0522) or 2 (0500); Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language: (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade D; Writing grade D; Oral (Speaking) grade C (0511) or 2 (0510); Listening grade A; Trinity Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII - Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing – PASS; UK- International Baccalaureate: Standard Level 5 or Higher Level Grade 4 in English B (Group 2); Hong Kong use of English AS level: C; INDIA Standard XII: 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards when education has been completed in English Medium); WAEC (for Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria & Sierra Leone): Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above.

For international students

Students must have minimum requirement is a UK Bachelor's degree (with Honours) at a first or upper second class level in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience with professional qualifications. Equivalent overseas degrees are also accepted.

English Language Requirements

  • GCSE: C grade or above
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component). This is the minimum requirement for admission to the University and many of our PhD programmes (for example, arts and humanities, business and management) will require higher scores than this, and may also require higher specific grades in each of the sub-tests.
  • PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH ACADEMIC (PTE ACADEMIC): 62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component.
  • CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: ADVANCED: 58
  • CAMBRIDGE IGCSE AS A FIRST LANGUAGE: (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade E; Writing grade E; Speaking grade D (0522) or 2 (0500); Listening grade D (0522) or 2 (0500).
  • CAMBRIDGE IGCSE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade D; Writing grade D; Oral (Speaking) grade C (0511) or 2 (0510); Listening grade A.
  • TRINITY INTEGRATED SKILLS IN ENGLISH: ISEIII - Listening, reading, speaking and writing - PASS
  • UK- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE: Standard Level 5 or Higher Level Grade 4 in English B (Group 2).
  • HONG KONG USE OF ENGLISH AS LEVEL: C grade or above.
  • INDIA STANDARD XII: 70 percent or above from Central and Metro State Boards when education has been completed in English.
  • WAEC (FOR GAMBIA, GHANA, LIBERIA, NIGERIA AND SIERRA LEONE): Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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