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The award
BA

How long you will study
3 - 4 years

Domestic course fees
CNY 88000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
CNY 88000 per year

All study options

About English and Communication Studies at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

As a student of the BA English and Communication Studies programme, you will have access to almost all of the modules offered in the Department of English, across our specialist areas of English language and literature, and communication and media.

The unique level of choice and flexibility makes this programme ideal for both international and domestic students. Like our other English programmes, it has modules on translation and interpreting between English and Chinese, as well as a unique specialised module on literary translation. The programme's flexible structure, however, means that these modules are not compulsory, allowing both international and domestic students to follow alternative routes.

Why should I study English and Communication Studies at XJTLU?

  • Access a full range of modules taught in the department
  • Have more options than any other degree programme - during Years Two to Four, you can choose 18 modules from a choice of over 40
  • In Years Three and Four all subject modules are optional, giving you complete control over your programme of study
  • 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.

Knowledge and skills

Communications and the media play an increasingly central role in modern society, economics and politics, making English, the global communications language, more important than ever before. You will gain an understanding of the changing use of language and other forms of communication, and the ways in which they inform and influence contemporary society.

By the time you graduate from the BA English and Communication Studies programme, you will be able to:

  • communicate professionally in English, within the context of journalism and the media
  • understand the theories and analytical techniques associated with linguistics, literature, culture and communication
  • apply your knowledge and skills to solve practical challenges and problems within the context of journalism and the media.

Modules

The programme provides a wealth of options to tailor your study path.

  • Year One

    UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

  • Year Two

    • Introduction to linguistics
    • Close reading
    • Analysing communication.

    Choose one from the following:

    • Sounds of English
    • English as a global language
    • Media management
    • Journalism: theory and practice.

    Choose two options in English from the following:

    • Literature in context
    • Literary theory
    • Introduction to corpus linguistics
    • Syntax.

    Choose two options in communication from the following:

    • Screenwriting for film and TV
    • Perspectives on visual media
    • Media ethics
    • Communication in China
    • Investigative journalism.
  • Year Three

    Choose two options in English from the following:

    • Advertising and the media
    • Translation
    • Literature in the Enlightenment
    • Literature and gender
    • Language and society
    • Semantics and pragmatics.

    Choose two options in communication from the following:

    • Approaches to the media
    • Adaptation across the media
    • Digital media and video production
    • Chinese film.

    Choose two options in English from the following:

    • Language and mind
    • Interpreting
    • Technical translation
    • Postcolonial literature
    • Jane Austen
    • Bilingualism
    • Language and gender.

    Choose two options in communication from the following:

    • Global media and entertainment
    • Global journalism
    • China and the digital revolution.
  • Year Four

    • Final year project

    Choose three options from the following:

    • Conference interpreting
    • Analysing text
    • Advanced literature: British Romanticism
    • Technocultures
    • Chinese linguistics
    • Historical linguistics
    • European cinema
    • Theoretical debates in film studies
    • Documentary.

    Choose three options from the following:

    • Interpersonal communication in the workplace
    • Language and literature
    • Advanced literature: approaches to modern poetry
    • Language of the law
    • Applied linguistics
    • The Gothic
    • Postmodern literature
    • Intercultural communication
    • Portrayal of China in Western media
    • Animation.

Careers

BA English and Communication Studies students will graduate with a combination of critical and theoretical knowledge as well as with strong English language skills. You will acquire intellectual, interpersonal and technical skills that are highly valued by employers.

Graduates of this programme will be attractive employees in globalised workplaces and may be employed in journalism, broadcasting or advertising. Some may be employed as management trainees in a variety of businesses, while others will start their careers in retailing, computing, and librarianship. You may also be able to pursue a career as a professional translator or interpreter, or as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Additionally, the programme provides a foundation for further graduate level study in the subjects of English language, English literature and communications.

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Notes about fees for this course

  • International students

    RMB 88,000 per academic year

    Early bird discount

    All international students who accept their offer by 1 May 2018 will automatically qualify for a RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

  • Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

    RMB 88,000 per academic year

    Early bird discount

    All Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who accept their offer by 1 May 2018 will automatically qualify for a RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

  • Mainland Chinese students

    RMB 88,000 per academic year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

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