This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which includes world-leading experts on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others, specializing in sub-fields such as security studies, international relations theory, women’s issues, international history, development, environmental policy, foreign policy analysis, quantitative methods, international economics, etc. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, will be trained in research methods, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and world history.
Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international history, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and world history, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.
Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of your knowledge.
The MA in International Relations and World History is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months). This degree programme can also be taken in a part time capacity over two years. Students must take 180 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done over the summer for full time students). Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.
With the rise of China as a global economic power there is an increasing demand among organisations and companies from around the world, working with and in China, for professionals with knowledge of China’s political, economic and social systems and who can also speak Chinese. The Master of China Studies provides those in the programme with in-depth knowledge of China’s history, politics, society and economy, in order to equip them with a more comprehensive understanding of China’s complex socio-economic system. This knowledge will provide graduates of the programme with unique and important insights, as well as language training, critical to operating and decision-making in the Chinese context in any field.
The Department of China Studies at XJTLU has a large and diverse group of experts from around the world who will introduce students to different perspectives on China from different disciplinary backgrounds, including politics, history, political economy, literature and sociology, amongst others.
Our research ties with key universities in China’s Jiangnan region (including in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces) provide further opportunities for students to enrich their learning experience by spending a period of study at one of those universities.
Upon graduating students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of China’s history, culture, society, politics, and economy, as well as of China’s regional, technological, and social policy development. Students will also learn or improve their Chinese language skills.
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester.
Possible activities include:
Companies, non-profit organisations, and government agencies working in diverse fields (technology, health, media, culture and society) dealing with China or operating in China are demanding graduates with a comprehensive understanding of China’s past and present society, economy and politics. Particularly for international students, this China expertise and ability to speak Chinese will enhance their career prospects in whichever field they operate in.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.
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The Joint Master Degree Program in Cultural and Creative Industry Management is collectively designed and developed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and University of Southern California (USC). This program integrates the advantages and resources of two mother universities to cultivate future industry leaders with creative spirit and thoughts. Taking creation, innovation and entrepreneurship as its core, the program focuses on the curriculum development in the fields of art, philosophy, economics, management, design, and technology.
Students will receive 2 degrees at the end of this program. The program runs over a period of 2.5 academic years of full-time study. Students who meet the degree requirements of SJTU and pass the thesis defence will be awarded SJTU Master of Journalism and Communication and students who meet the degree requirements of USC will be awarded USC Master of Management Studies in Cultural and Creative Industry.
Master of Journalism and Communication
Located at China’s economic and financial center-Shanghai, SJTU is a comprehensive and national key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China. Founded in 1896, SJTU is one of the higher education institutions which enjoy a world-renowned reputation in China.
Through 121 years’ unremitting efforts, SJTU has become a comprehensive, research-oriented, and internationalized top university in China. It is now sailing for the aim of becoming a world-class university.
SJTU has 64 undergraduate programs covering 9 major disciplines: economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and arts. It boasts strong academic influence in the field of engineering, commercial science, and medicine.
Master of Management Studies in Cultural and Creative Industry
Located in Los Angeles and founded in 1880 by the Methodist Church, USC is one of the world’s leading private research universities. USC is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Leventhal School of Accounting, School of Dramatic Arts, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Sol Price School of Public Policy, School of Pharmacy, School of Architecture and Viterbi School of Engineering respectively rank among Top 10 in USA.
You can find more information about the joint degree programs here: https://www.icci-abroad.com/
Several types of scholarships are available for qualified students through application. Once the application deadline is passed, our SJTU based student evaluation committee will consider the applications for their suitability for a scholarship. The scholarship will be given if the applicant is a high calibre student with qualifying academic achievements.