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Study in the right place, at the right time – XJTLU, China

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

UK Masters Degree in China

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the largest joint-venture university in China, based in the World Heritage city of Suzhou, near Shanghai. It was jointly founded by two prestigious universities, Xi'an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in UK.

XJTLU has over masters programmes all taught in English by world-class international faculty. All degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool, UK.

XJTLU is committed to academic quality and student experience, with British quality assurance from the University of Liverpool and excellent campus support services to cater for your study, research and personal needs. Tuition fees are very competitive compared with other UK degrees, various scholarships for international students are also available.

Study in the right place, at the right time – XJTLU, China


Globally recognised masters degree from the University of Liverpool. All taught 100 percent in English.


China represents a world of ideas and values built on one of the world's oldest cultures. You'll gain a new perspective on your own life and those around you.


State-of-the-art facilities located on a lively and beautifully landscaped campus.


Learn in an environment of rigorous academic enquiry.


China's equivalent of Silicon Valley, a hub of global business and innovation just 25 minutes from Shanghai, sits alongside stunning 2,500 year-old UNESCO World Heritage gardens.


China experts are highly sought after in the global job market, while multinational corporate partners offer internships and employment opportunities.

Study in the right place, at the right time – XJTLU, China

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Thanks to its fast-paced modernisation, China is an urban and architectural laboratory, and the Department of Architecture is at the forefront of the country’s exciting design revolution. Our students engage with the challenges and contradictions of architecture in China in a courageous and forward-thinking manner, while our department is well-positioned to critically examine the important issues facing architecture today.

Innovation and development come from critical observation, discourse and constructive debate. As academics and architects, we involve ourselves in real debates, challenge common perceptions and question traditions. Our students use our unique location in Suzhou to explore the dynamics of urbanity and investigate city formation in order to understand the past, to engage in the present and to speculate about the future as we aim to influence the course of architecture and design in China and the world.

Our academic staff have a highly diverse range of teaching and research experience as well as international cultural, educational and professional backgrounds. Additionally, the department maintains close ties with its partner department, the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool, with staff on both sides engaged in regular exchanges.

The facilities of the department include ample studio space and computer labs, while workshop facilities available include woodworking, model-making, laser cutting, 2D and 3D printing, photography and CNC production, a building materials library, as well as an arts and model-making supplies shop on campus.


China’s complexity means that critical thinking and creative engagement aren’t just buzzwords at XJTLU: they have real meaning. In Architecture we foster debate, challenge perceptions and ask provocative questions in order to develop architectural solutions for contemporary problems.

With China as our architectural workshop, we investigate new styles, study unexplored urban dynamics and examine city formation. We use the local context as a driver to make the theoretical real, pushing us well beyond the limits of the studio.


We have achieved part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for our undergraduate programme and we have started the process of gaining international validation at RIBA part 2 level for our masters programme. We are also seeking professional accreditation from the Ministry of Construction in China and the programme is already registered with and recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE).


Our design studio is central to our teaching practices, which encourage critical enquiry in the form of analysis, reflection and speculation. Learning-by-doing and learning-by-thinking lie at the core of our curriculum with 50 percent of teaching and learning time devoted to architectural studios. Studio teaching is provided in small groups of 10 to 12 students per tutor on the basis of structured briefs. Through individual projects, you are led through the learning experience, which spans from media exploration and space creation in the earlier stages of your studies, to complex architectural expression and proposition at the end of your degree.


• Human-centred development of the built environment
• A culture of intellectual exploration and innovative speculation
• Cross-cultural education that fosters creative, critical, sophisticated and responsible thought
• Creating desirable places to live, work and enjoy


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Established in 2008, the Department of Biological Sciences has academic staff recruited from top universities and institutes around the world, thriving undergraduate and graduate programmes, and first-rate research facilities.

Biological science has become one of the most important and exciting scientific disciplines of the 21st century and its insights into life processes through genomics, diagnostics and therapeutic drug development are having a major impact on society.

Our department, with its dynamic and highly international staff, aims to make fundamental discoveries as well as to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society.


Our fast-growing, diverse body of academic staff have joined us around the world and are highly research-active, having trained in prestigious universities including the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, and California and Harvard, UCL, MIT, and Stanford, among other high-calibre institutions. Research interests are in the general area of the molecular biosciences, more specifically covering bioinformatics, cell signalling, disease mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, microbiology, molecular pharmacology, protein engineering and structural biology, proteomics, sensory system adaptation, stem cells, systems biology, and virology.


Our department’s custom-designed laboratories are extremely well-equipped for research and we have invested more than RMB 30 million in state-of-the-art instrumentation including:

• Real-time PCR instruments
• LTQ-Orbitrap and triple quadruple mass spectrometers
• Affymetrix microarray and DNA pyrosequencing systems
• Bioanalysers, fluorescence-activated cell sorters, confocal microscopes
• A range of centrifuges and ultracentrifuges, PHERAstar microplate reader and an Odyssey infrared imaging system

These facilities allow our researchers to undertake internationally competitive work while also training of undergraduate and postgraduate students in advanced techniques.


Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) is rapidly becoming the best base in China for biomedical research and development (R&D) and is particularly noted for its investment in the diagnostic and nanotech industries by establishing the BioBay science complex, which houses around 400 biotech companies ( BioBay draws on a diverse array of international and professional scientific research resources to provide a sophisticated infrastructure for bioscience R&D. This has proven to be valuable in attracting international R&D institutes and renowned scientists to Suzhou. BioBay is within walking distance of XJTLU and is therefore an ideal place for you to do an internship.

SIP is also home to Cold Spring Harbour Asia ( which hosts prestigious scientific symposia, conferences and summer schools in SIP, providing our students with the opportunity to interact with world-famous researchers.


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Students in the Department of Chemistry benefit from a fast-growing programme and first-rate academic staff, as well as multiple operational research and teaching laboratories.

Chemistry has been regarded as the central science of the 21st century and is an integral part of modern science. Exciting in itself, it is also interconnected with a number of natural sciences and their subdisciplines such as physics, geology, environmental sciences, biology and medicine.

Chemistry plays an important role in pharmacology and drug discovery, nanotechnology, advanced material, space research and environmental protection. A degree in chemistry will boost your employment opportunities within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and provide great prospects in many other fields of industry and academia.


Sengen Medical (Suzhou) Co., Ltd: An SME biopharm company situated in BioBay in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). We have established strong collaborations in the area of drug research and development and Sengen provides our students with internship opportunities in Suzhou.

Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO): Our department’s close working relationship with SINANO supports research collaborations and student training. Many XJTLU students work there as intern researchers or conduct their final year projects there, co-supervised by staff from both institutions.

Thermo Fisher Scientific: We are strongly linked with Thermo Fisher, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers and suppliers, and are developing summer internship opportunities.


Our research aligns with the University’s strategic areas of development in advanced materials, energy and environmental research and nanotechnology. These have critical applications in catalysis, energy storage, development of synthetic materials with specific (bio) activities and environmental research.


Over RMB 30 million has been invested in state-of-the-art equipment including:
• Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers
• MALDI-ToF and micro-ToF LCMS spectrometers
• Single crystal X-ray difractometres
• Powder X-ray difractometres
• UV-VIS, IR, Raman and fluorescence spectrometers
• Electron scanning microscopes
• Atomic force microscopes
• Peptide synthesisers
• Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS)
• Atomic force microscopes
• High performance liquid chromatography systems

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Our programmes are designed to produce engineers with sound knowledge, problem-solving skills and comprehensive understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of building design that combines the precision of civil, structural and building services engineering principles as well as the creativity of architecture.

China is witnessing rapid economic transformation alongside unprecedented urbanisation and civil engineering students will be able to take full advantage of China’s evolution. Our department educates technical professionals with an international outlook that can meet the industrial development requirements of the next century. You will be immersed in both the theory and practice of design and construction. Professors, lecturers and industry professionals from the department provide you with a well-rounded education and in-depth learning of the multidisciplinary interdependence and complexity involved with architectural engineering, from the design phase to construction.



Our research is diverse and covers modern engineering construction and energy production methods. We particularly encourage active learning in the delivery of our programmes.

Our research covers:

• Material and structural behaviour of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites
• Usage of GGBS (ground-granulated blast-furnace slag) as a cement replacement in concrete
• construction with timber
• Strengthening and rehabilitation of statically deficient structures
• Advanced structural modelling
• Sustainable infrastructure, building information modelling (BIM) and construction simulation
• Groundwater contamination and biochemical decomposition of biomass
• Renewable energy and biofuels
• Modelling of nanostructured materials for energy applications

Your final thesis topic will reflect the department’s research interests and you will have the opportunity to continue projects in the form of a PhD.


We are fortunate to have world-class laboratory teaching facilities. These include an extensive structures laboratory, structural testing frames for a range of scales, an earthquake shaking table laboratory facility, a geotechnics centrifuge laboratory facility, hydraulics laboratories for water and air flow, extensive soil mechanics laboratory facilities, three universal testing machines, a range of concrete mixing facilities, comprehensive highway materials laboratories, a timber processing lab, wastewater treatment benches, advanced structural simulation software (ANSYS), and building information modelling software (Autodesk Revit).

The department is also equipped with a state-of-the-art chemical analysis lab including elemental analysis, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis, particle size analysis, BET specific area and fibre extraction units.


We are connected with a number of enterprises such as the Shanghai Construction Group (SCG), with over 400 companies under its group, as well as international companies such as ARUP UK. The possibility of summer internships for students, which could lead to future employment, is greatly enhanced because of these relationships.

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Computer systems affect every part of our daily lives as they are used by every conceivable type of organisation. These systems are highly interdisciplinary with historical roots in mathematics, physics and electronics. Over the years, computer scientists and software engineers remain at the cutting edge by creating more intelligent and effective solutions to problems.

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering equips its students with a broad knowledge of computer-based systems and the technical skills to work in research, development or technical support. Students learn how to use skills creatively to solve practical problems and how cutting-edge computer technology is developed.

Our highly qualified staff members have a diverse range of international experience in teaching, research and working with industry, which, together with our active research and business interactions, benefit our students in enhancing their learning experience and employability.


Along with research, we are active in business engagement and have worked with industry on practical projects, contributing to the community and bringing hands-on experience to our staff and students. We are located in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), where a large cluster of world top 500 companies have their branches, research and development centres or production facilities. As the only academic department at XJTLU working on computer science, software engineering, new media and web applications, we work with industrial organisations in a variety of ways from curriculum development and specialist training to student placements and special projects. We have established links with a number of companies in SIP including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Lego and NCS.

We engage students in research and industry-related work and, under the supervision of staff, our students have published their research outcomes.


Computer science and software engineering requires a thorough foundation as well as creativity, insight and problem-solving skills. Study in this field provides routes into a variety of careers and, by studying with us, you will receive a unique education experience and benefit from:

• teaching from international academic staff who are highly skilled subject experts
• well-designed curriculum adopted from the University of Liverpool, which is updated regularly to reflect the latest developments and evolving needs of employers
• a range of learning activities and gain strong problem-solving skills and derive innovative solutions
• opportunities and encouragement to carry out real-life work and research with prestigious companies in Suzhou, Shanghai and Wuxi, to gain inspiration, creativity, hands-on experience and enhanced employability
• modern specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology


Our research aims to develop leading-edge solutions to real-world problems by investigating rigorous theory and applied approaches. Our staff members are highly recognised for their world-quality research.

Staff have a large number of research publications in top international journals including those sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Many of our staff members are editors and reviewers of a wide range of academic journals and conferences. The department has a record of successfully attracting funding from various local, provincial, national, and international sources such as the European Union and National Natural Science Foundation of China, and we have collaborators in China as well as across Asia, Europe and North America.

Your final postgraduate thesis topic will reflect the department’s research interests and you will have the opportunity of to continue projects in the form of a PhD.


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The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering prepares students to excel in one of today’s fastest-changing fields. Our commitment to leading-edge research and continual programme development helps ensure that students graduate at the forefront of their chosen field and are well-prepared to lead the development of the profession and the field.

Our programmes are designed to give you solid training in both software and hardware. Emphasis is placed on the principles of electrical and electronic engineering as well as more specialised subject areas.


The teaching of the programmes focusses on applying theory to practice in order to enhance your practical experiences, abilities and skills.

You will have the chance to develop a range of subject-related tools and techniques, especially computer-assisted design technology and measurement skills. The delivery of the modules focusses on the development of your ability to choose tools appropriate to each individual project.


We have established an electronic laboratory, electric machine laboratory, ARM Laboratory, altera laboratory and tanner tools laboratory, which are all well-appointed with state-of-the-art equipment. We are also setting-up new lab facilities such as a:

• high-frequency engineering laboratory, equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and measurement facilities including an 6 x 4 x 3m pyramidal-cone anechoic chamber, vector network analysers and LPKF ProtoMat printed circuit board fabrication equipment
• power electronic laboratory
• sustainable energy laboratory
• telecommunication laboratory

In addition, RMB 15 million has been invested in equipment in the microelectronics and photonics laboratories, including a 200m2 class 1K room and a class 10K room.

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The Department of English is a research-led department that trains graduates for careers as English-language professionals in the fields of translation, media and communication, finance and international business, linguistics and language education. Since its inception in 2008, the Department of English has established four undergraduate programmes of study with a concentration on applied English studies, English literature, as well as translation studies. The department has a vibrant postgraduate programme in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and will launch another postgraduate offering in mass media translation in September 2017. The department also operates a successful research-based doctoral programme, through which staff supervise PhD students in their specialist areas.

Our graduates have skills that are highly sought-after in domestic and international job markets, and the innovative interdisciplinary design of each of our programmes ensures that students are well-prepared for the range of opportunities and challenges they will meet in their future careers.

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The Department of Industrial Design focusses on user-centred product and systems design for society in response to social, cultural, and technical context. We set out to educate a new generation of industrial and product designers who able to understand and participate in China’s ongoing social, cultural, and economic transformation through achieving a balance of creative and technical knowledge and competencies.

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a strong reputation for student achievement and success. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their high-quality research in a number of areas of modern mathematics. The mathematical and computational sciences are among the major research strengths of XJTLU and our department is strongly committed to excellence in research and teaching.

The study of mathematics goes well beyond the improvement of a student’s numeracy skills, it emphasises the development of strong analytical decision-making, modelling, forward-thinking skills and the importance of logical reasoning. Such skills are essential in many domains and are appreciated and sought after. For this reason, a degree in mathematics is held in high esteem in many other professional fields providing opportunities to pursue a multitude of careers.


Our staff members create a truly international environment that is welcoming to students from all backgrounds. Through research-led teaching, we bring you in contact with the latest developments and ideas in our fields of research and prepare you for the competitive job market.


Our research interests cover a wide range of mathematical problems including financial mathematics, pricing of financial derivatives, risk estimation, modern analyses, partial differential equations, biomathematics, discrete mathematics, fluid flows, dynamical systems, numerical methods, statistics and probability.


Our mathematical sciences programmes are delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, guided reading, private study, and both supervised and unsupervised practical work, which includes mathematical workshop practices as well as more involved projects. In researching your dissertation, you gain skills and experience which will be valuable to your future career. In undertaking your own research you will become an independent thinker who can efficiently and effectively work on challenging problems.

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The Department of Urban Planning and Design is a dynamic and international department that combines the best of urban planning and design theory and practice, with the specifics of practice in the rapidly urbanising Chinese environment. Because of XJTLU’s unique location, students learn in one of the world’s most fascinating urban planning classrooms, China.

Students studying urban planning and design develop understanding of the processes of spatial change in the built and natural environments and engage the arguments for intervening in these processes. Students develop the knowledge and skills to analyse, critique and, ultimately, contribute to the sustainability of urban and rural development both in China and around the world.

As the size of the human population increases, cities now need to respond to a range of complex urban phenomena including rapid expansion and urban shrinkage. These complex issues demand more sophisticated solutions in order to achieve sustainable development.

Our connections to the Departments of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Electrical Engineering, and International Business School Suzhou, among others, help to foster the interdisciplinary enquiry essential for good urban planning and design.


Our international and interdisciplinary mix of academic staff, and their wide range of professional and academic experience, makes for a lively intellectual atmosphere that nourishes staff and students alike. We encourage students to join our community and enter into the debate about how to make our cities better.

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IBSS is built on the strengths inherited from XJTLU’s parent universities, the University of Liverpool, in the United Kingdom and Xi’an Jiaotong University, in China, to provide our students with a world class international business school.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.

Our School is based on the principles of internationalism, innovation, inspiration and integrity, which together ensure that we have a positive impact on society through our teaching, research and business engagement.

With leading international staff and a superb location in the heart of Suzhou Industrial Park, close to other major commercial centres such as Shanghai and Wuxi, we enjoy ideal conditions for beneficial mutual exchange between business and academia. This underpins a learning and teaching environment that ensures our students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world.

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