International Relations, Ph.D. | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University | Suzhou, China
48 months
80000 CNY/year
80000 CNY/year
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We welcome applications from prospective students at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University interested in undertaking a International Relations PhD programme with an expert in the Department of International Studies. We are an active and engaged community that will provide you with leading-edge research opportunities.


Our International Relations programme, based at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. You will receive supervision from respected academics at both institutions. Upon successful completion of your programme, you will receive a University of Liverpool-issued degree, which is recognised by China’s Ministry of Education.


  • As a registered full-time PhD student, you may apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months. 
  • This travel option is typically undertaken during the second year of the PhD and is an opportunity to work with your Liverpool-based supervisor. If your application to travel is successful, XJTLU and the University of Liverpool will cover your accommodation and travel costs for this study abroad opportunity.

Programme Structure


  • international relations in China, including security, policy and economy
  • international policies and relations in Africa, America, Asia-Pacific and Europe
  • international law
  • international political economy
  • approaches to restorative justice, peace and state-building
  • critical security studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UK first or 2:1 class Bachelor degree with Honours
  • Or UK Pass with Merit Master degree
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) for Bachelor or Master degree holder.
  • Equivalent to the above UK first or 2:1 class Bachelor degree or Pass with Merit Master degree.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    80000 CNY/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 80000 CNY per year during 48 months.
  • National

    80000 CNY/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 80000 CNY per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Suzhou

3000 - 5500 CNY /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Scholarships Information

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