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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University—Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Opportunities

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The University is now offering PhD opportunities at Humanities and Social Sciences cluster, and we welcome applications from high caliber candidates interested in pursuing a research degree in the areas listed below:

China Studies

Chinese society, Chinese politics and economy, Chinese history, literature and culture.


English language, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, media discourse, modernism and postmodern literature, cosmopolitanism, Romanticism, and translation and interpreting studies

International Relations

China's international relations including security, foreign policy and economics; the foreign policies and international relations of states and regional organizations in Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, and the European Union; international and global political economy; peace and state-building; critical security studies; post-structural approaches to IR; development studies; international communication; propaganda studies; political ideology; soft power studies; Cold War international history; intelligence studies; ethnic minorities.


We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. The typical minimum entry requirement is a UK undergraduate (bachelors) degree with honours at a first or upper second class level in an appropriate field of study. Equivalent overseas degrees are also accepted.

Applicants whose first language is not English or have not studied at degree level in English are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Information on Entry Requirements can be found at:

PhD programme and Degree

PhD programmes at the XJTLU are composed of 3 years research and submission is expected within 3 years for full-time students. PhD supervision is undertaken jointly by academics from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University China(XJTLU) and University of Liverpool (UoL). Upon successful completion, students will be awarded University of Liverpool PhD degree.

How to apply

Interested applicants are advised to email to with the word of “HSS” in the subject line as well as the following documents for initial review and assessment:

• CV
• Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
• Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
• Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 7 or above)
• Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
• Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
• A Research Proposal in English (1,000-3,500 words), written according to criteria listed in the Research Proposal Template:
• PDF copy of Master Degree dissertation (or an equivalent writing sample) and examiners reports available.

Application deadline

First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and decision will be announced in December.
Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and decision will be announced in June.

Funding Notes

XJTLU offers a range of scholarships to highly motivated and qualified candidates to pursue research leading to a PhD degree. Successful applicants may receive financial support up to:
• A tuition fee scholarship for up to three years
• A monthly stipend for up to three years
Students who are awarded an XJTLU PhD scholarship are normally required to undertake a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant (300 – 500 hours in one academic year) during the scholarship funded period, which is an excellent opportunity to develop academic and research skills.

For more details about scholarship application, please refer to the scholarship website: (View Website).

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