BA China Studies

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The BA China Studies provides you with an in-depth understanding of one of the most important global players of the 21st century - China.

You will learn to apply theories from the humanities and social sciences to your understanding and analysis of China while benefiting from living in country and experiencing the language and culture firsthand.

The programme offers two pathways depending on your career goals. If you are interested in teaching the Chinese language, you can choose the 'Teaching Chinese as an International Language' pathway. If you are interested in the study and application of the social sciences, including teaching, you can choose the 'Contemporary China Studies' pathway.

All students study the same modules in Years One and Two, allowing you to establish your strengths and interests before selecting your pathway for Years Three and Four.

Why should I study China studies at XJTLU?

  • Experience China first-hand and take advantage of XJTLU's strategic location in Suzhou - one of the most culturally and economically vibrant places in the country
  • Study a broad range of topics including those related to China's history and culture, society and politics, and business and economics
  • Benefit from opportunities to undertake fieldwork in different parts of China
  • Learn Chinese, one of the most spoken languages in the world
  • 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.

The degree is open to both Chinese and international students and is taught in English. International students who meet academic and English language requirements may enter directly into Year Two.

Qualification XJTLU BA Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language University of Liverpool BA China Studies More about qualifications

Knowledge and skills

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

  • an advanced level of proficiency in both English and modern standard Chinese
  • a strong understanding of humanities and social science theories
  • an in-depth understanding of Chinese history and contemporary China's society, culture, political and economic development



Graduates from this programme pursue careers in a diverse range of organisations and companies looking to link with China in fields such as international business, economics, financial services, government, diplomacy, journalism, education, development and non-governmental organisations. The programme also offers you a solid foundation for pursuing further study in the humanities and social sciences.


Entry requirements

Please visit the entry requirements page for the comprehensive list of qualifications required to study at XJTLU.

Professor Goodman’s research focuses on social and political change at the local level in China, most especially configurations of class and the sociology of entrepreneurship. He is also professor emeritus at both the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, was a PRC Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Academic (2012-2016), and was awarded the Jiangsu Provincial Government Friendship Award in 2014.

Professor David Goodman Professor in China Studies, Vice President for Academic Affairs, XJTLU

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