China and International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    5957
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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China and International Relations (CIR) is a double degree MA programme offered by Aalborg University, Denmark and the University of International Relations in Beijing, China. It is a two-year program taught in English. The first year is spent at Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark and the second year at the University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing, China. The program currently admits 24 students in all, twelve from UIR and twelve from AAU.

About

The pedagogical approach of the China and International Relations programme is based on central features of AAU’s problem-based approach to innovation and learning, i.e. problem-orientation, research-based teaching, an interdisciplinary approach, and student project work. Though problem-based learning is the point of departure for the programme at both universities, the actual implementation will be influenced by the different educational cultures in China and Denmark. This enables the students to become familiar with different educational cultures and provides a unique environment for engaging in cross-cultural learning processes.

Limited admission

The double degree of “China and International Relations (CIR)” is designated as an elite program with limited enrolment. The current UIR-AAU agreement defines the maximum admission of 12 students from each university. Possibility of increasing the CIR enrolment will have to wait for a new international agreement in the future. Students, who are qualified for the CIR program but are not included in the list of 12, are automatically qualified for the Chinese Area Studies specialisation at Aalborg University.

Job and career

China and International Relations allows students to select China as an area of specialisation in their future careers. For some students it may lead to PhD studies and a career in teaching and research, while for many others it will open the door to a professional career in a number of areas in which China is a central component, such as business and industry, international trade, government and international service, NGOs or other types of organisations.

Programme Structure

The first year

During the first year of the CIR program at Aalborg University the students will be part of AAU’s MA Program in Development and International Relations combined with a specialization in Chinese Area Studies. In addition to gaining a fundamental knowledge about Chinese society, students will become familiar with a wide variety of theoretical approaches to development and international relations.

Examples of lectures in Chinese Area Studies I & II:

  • Chinese Culture and its Impact on Development
  • The Chinese Political System
  • Social Difference, Welfare and Social Security in China.
  • The Rise of China and the Capitalist World System: Historical and Cultural Perspectives.
  • Democratization in China?
The second year

The second year of the CIR program at University of International Relations delves deeper into modern Chinese society and foreign policy. While experiencing Chinese society and culture on the spot in a small and quiet campus in suburban Beijing, students have a chance to converse with a number of distinguished professors in the fields of international relations, politics, economics and culture.

Examples of lectures at UIR:

  • Intellectual Property Protection System in China
  • China’s Outward FDI
  • Religions: Buddhism, Daoism
  • China’s Judiciary System
  • The Electoral System
  • China’s Theory of Diplomacy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 560

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

China and International Relations is an interdisciplinary specialisation. Admission is open to students with a relevant BA degree in either social science or the humanities, for instance political science, sociology, China studies, history, human geography or anthropology.

If you want to apply for the specialisation in China and International Relations, you must apply for the Master's degree programme in Development and International Relations with specialisation in China and International Relations or the Master's degree programme in European Studies with specialisation in China and International Relations.

As of 2016, admission will be restricted to the Master's degree programme in Development and International Relations and the Master's degree programme in European Studies . The number of student places will be:

  • 99 student places at Development and International Relations (Aalborg)
  • 11 student places at Development and International Relations with specialisation in China and International Relations (Aalborg and Beijing)
  • 60 student places at Development and International Relations with specialisation in Global Refugee Studies (Copenhagen)
  • 34 student places at European Studies (Aalborg)
  • 1 student place at European Studies with specialisation in China and International Relations (Aalborg and Beijing).

Assessment and prioritisation of the qualified applicants will take place on the basis of the following selection criterion:

  • The grade point average for ECTS credits obtained during the qualifying Bachelor's degree at the time of application.

Applicants who already have a Master's degree will normally only be admitted to a new Master's degree programme with restricted admission if vacant student places are available. In case of exceptional circumstances, you can apply for an exemption. Together with your application for admission, please enclose documentation for the exceptional circumstances in question.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 5957 International
  • Free EU/EEA

DKK 44,300

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.